Commentary: Baseball And Softball Vs. Lacrosse? It Is Easy To See Why More Kids Are Choosing The Stick

Coaches in several sports lamented the skyrocketing popularity of another for several reasons: it is stealing away from their talent pool by a game many don’t fully understand and some think is downright boring.

Sound familiar?

Actually, that was the scene about three decades ago, one that lasted 10 years, as the youth soccer boom took off. Kids across the country were dribbling and heading balls. Size and gender didn’t matter, the sport was egalitarian. It was also popular on a social front, a way to make new friends.

Because the sport was then confined to the fall, it had little impact with males. Football ruled. But high school field hockey and volleyball coaches were upset how their school’s best athletes were no longer on their fields or inside their gyms.

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Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have nine teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Ridgefield boys golf, Ludlowe girls tennis, Danbury baseball, Westhill softball, Staples boys tennis, Darien baseball team, Greenwich boys lacrosse, Wilton girls lacrosse and New Canaan boys tennis teams.

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Boys Lacrosse: Greenwich Wins The Battle Of Runs In A 13-10 Decision Over New Canaan

NEW CANAAN — Scott Bulkley could barely conceal his grin. Greenwich’s boys lacrosse coach had just watched his team rebound after giving up a four-goal lead to defeat New Canaan on Saturday afternoon, 13-10.

Bulkley was thus already in a buoyant mood when it was mentioned that when it came to the four teams considered serious contenders for the FCIAC title, the Cardinals seem to have generated the least attention.

“That’s OK, we really enjoy no one giving us any respect,” Bulkley said. “They think we’re not good. We do.”

Greenwich certainly changed the discourse of the conversation this week, following up a come-from-behind win over Ridgefield, another of the challengers, with an overtime decision against St. Joseph.

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Baseball: New Canaan's Giusti Overcomes Cold And Warde With Complete-Game 3-Hit Shutout

FAIRFIELD — Last year was difficult for David Giusti, the ace of the New Canaan High School baseball team’s pitching staff.

Giusti’s relationship with his coach, Mitch Hoffman, consisted mainly of sitting near him on the bench as he missed the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Giusti vowed to do everything in the offseason to ensure he would make the transition from spectator to impact player.

“I wanted to help us win a lot of games so I worked hard, with a lot of core work, physical therapy and counseling to get mentally ready,” Giusti said.

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Boys Lacrosse: Darien Scores 6 Straight Goals To Rally And Stun Ridgefield; Win Streak Now At 29

DARIEN — There have been more important wins during a streak that reached 29 games on Thursday afternoon, but perhaps none produced by such a dramatic turnaround and with the possibility for long-term benefits than the Darien boys lacrosse team’s dramatic 10-9 come-from-behind win over Ridgefield.

The Blue Wave’s spectacular run, achieved against A-plus-level competition, was endangered following Schuyler Blair’s fifth goal, with 1:55 left in the third quarter, that put the Tigers ahead, 8-4.

“I think most teams are going to say they are never out of a game,” said Darien’s Ian Burgoyne.

The Blue Wave (6-0, 4-0 FCIAC), who would go on to score six straight times, were really not out of it before the quarter had even ended. Burgoyne and Hudson Hamill scored eight seconds apart. Jack Book and Hamill started the final quarter with goals to tie the game, giving Darien four in a span of 2:12.

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Video: Week 2 FCIAC Lacrosse Plays Of The Week

Video: FCIAC Lacrosse Plays Of The Week

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