Boys Lacrosse

In The Cage: With Little Fanfare, New Canaan Boys Team Just Keeps On Winning

New Canaan boys lacrosse coach Chip Buzzeo chuckled when posed with this question: how does a two-time defending conference champion fly underneath the radar?

“It’s more who you listen to and who is doing all the talking,” Buzzeo said. “We kind of keep to ourselves. We don’t buy into the chatter. We’re preparing for the playoffs. As long as we keep working hard hopefully we will have the same result of the last two years.”

The FCIAC lacrosse season is nearing the halfway mark and the consensus is the champion will come from one of four schools: New Canaan, Greenwich, Darien and Ridgefield. Staples, despite two key injuries, is not far behind.

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Darien Boys Lacrosse Team’s 17-6 Win Over Wilton Indicative Of Changes From A Year Ago

DARIEN — Jeff Brameier gathered his Darien High School boys lacrosse team for a summit last September. The agenda: what he refers to as the “blip on the radar.”

That blip was a 12-8 record that included a loss to Wilton in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Take a look at the history section on the team’s website, and last year’s highlight is Eastern Division champions.

For a program that has won 79 percent of its games, with 12 league and nine state championships, that is not even Miss Congeniality at the beauty contest.

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In The Cage: The Continued Rise Of FCIAC Lacrosse; Ridgefield Boys Ride Roller Coaster

The Battle of the Sound turned into the Case for Connecticut.

In a tripleheader at Darien High School Saturday featuring FCIAC schools against Long Island powers, it was a conference sweep as the Darien girls team edged Farmindgale, 11-10; the Darien boys team defeated Manhasset, 7-4; and the Ridgefield boys team toppled Garden City, 7-5.

The day served as a microcosm for the continued rise of FCIAC lacrosse.

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Poll: Which School Will Win The FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Title?

The FCIAC boys lacrosse season is less than two weeks old, and look what has happened already. Greenwich defeated Ridgefield six days ago in a quadruple overtime instant classic. The Tigers rebounded with a more-than-impressive 7-5 win over Garden City on Saturday to improve to 3-1.

The Cardinals followed the game with a resounding 18-7 win over Wilton and, in starting 5-0, has outscored opponents by a 95-20 margin.

Darien defeated Manhassett on Saturday to go with a previous win over Niskayuna and is sailing along with a 4-0 mark.

Boys Lacrosse

In The Cage: Big Early-Season Overtime Wins For Greenwich Boys, Darien Girls

The lacrosse season is just over a week old, but it is going to take some efforts the rest of the way to surpass a pair of overtime wins 24 hours apart the past two days in terms of drama and import.

On Tuesday, the Greenwich boys team endured four overtimes before coming away with an 8-7 win at Ridgefield in four overtimes.

Then, on Wednesday, the Darien girls team rallied for an overtime win against Garden City, one with historic significance for the program.

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Hard-Fought 8-7 Win Over Niskayuna An Early-Season Boost For Darien Boys Lacrosse Team

DARIEN — The Darien boys lacrosse team could lose just twice in a season, which, by all standards given the level of competition coach Jeff Brameier schedules, would be considered a great success.

But if the losses come in the league and state playoffs, if, to use one of Brameier’s favorite expressions, the year ends without a pile — players in a pyramid celebrating a postseason championship — success turns to nonfulfillment.

There were no piles last spring, all of which put Saturday’s home game against Niskayuna, a regional power out of the Albany area, under the microscope.

Boys Lacrosse

National 175 FCIAC Lacrosse Kickoff Night Thursday; FCIAC Lacrosse Weekly This Spring

The Ruden Report has organized the National 175 FCIAC Lacrosse Kickoff Night this Thursday at BlueStreak Sports Training on Hope Street from 7-9 p.m. The event is being sponsored by National 175.

Most FCIAC boys and girls coaches and their captains will be in attendance. We will be filming a lacrosse preview show and the media is invited to come do preseason interviews.