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.
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.
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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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.