Boys Lacrosse

Two Down… New Canaan Reaches Class M Semifinals With 16-1 Win Over New Fairfield

NEW CANAAN — The New Canaan boys lacrosse team gave Trent Nader most of Saturday afternoon off.

Not that that the Rams’ senior goaltender was complaining. On a day filled with sentiment and purpose, Nader was sharp during the few times he was tested during the Rams’ 16-1 win over New Fairfield in the Class M semifinals.

“The ball wasn’t in our end too long but when it was I thought we played really well,” said Nader, who split time in goal as coach Chip Buzzeo again was liberal with his substitutions. “Our defense really stepped up.”

Boys Lacrosse

Eye On The Prize: New Canaan Takes First Step Toward Darien Rematch With Rout Of RHAM

NEW CANAAN — If trophies were handed out for candor, the New Canaan boys lacrosse team earned one Wednesday night.

It wasn’t even as close as a 19-goal win.

The storyline is as distinct as the New York skyline: eight days ago the Rams lost to Darien in overtime for the second time this season. The 12-11 defeat, in the FCIAC semifinals, denied them a third straight conference title.

“It’s been a little frustrating,” said Teddy Bossidy, who scored twice in Wednesday’s 21-2 rout of RHAM in the opening round of the CIAC Class M Tournament. “You lost to a team in overtime, it gets to you. When you lose to them twice, it really bugs you.”

Boys Lacrosse

Darien Erupts Early, Defeats Greenwich, 11-6, For FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Title

DARIEN — When your school nickname has the word wave in it and you open a conference championship game with six unanswered goals against a high quality opponent, well, the punning opportunities are endless.

In one of the more dominant title performances in league history by a team that is making a run at etching itself in the archives, the Darien boys lacrosse team rolled to a surprisingly easy 11-6 win over Greenwich at Brien McMahon on Friday night to win its first FCIAC championship since 2011.

“There’s obviously a lot of games where we came out hard, but we came out our hardest today because of the circumstances,” said Peter Lindley, who was named the most valuable player after finishing with 4 goals and 1 assist. “We wanted to make it hard for them and we did our best to do that and succeeded.”

Boys Lacrosse

Burgoyne’s Overtime Goal Lifts Darien To 12-11 Win Over New Canaan In FCIAC Semifinal

NORWALK — Ian Burgoyne had just achieved a laying-awake-in-bed fantasy moment, the kind that is the impetus, as he would later say, why you play sports.

It just took him a few seconds longer than everyone else at Brien McMahon on Tuesday afternoon to realize his accomplishment.

Burgoyne’s goal with 2:27 left in overtime lifted Darien High School to a dramatic 12-11 win over two-time defending champion New Canaan in the opening semifinal of the FCIAC Tournament.

Baseball

FCIAC Tournament Week: A Baseball, Softball, Boys And Girls Lacrosse Primer

It is championship week in the FCIAC — the last one of the school year — and fittingly the one with the most intrigue because of parity.

Starting Tuesday, there will be 20 games in five days to decide the baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse champions (and that’s not including the eight lacrosse quarterfinal games held so far.

The conference’s track championships are also Tuesday, while the finals will be held in boys and girls tennis and boys volleyball.

Baseball

Storylines Aplenty For Final Week Of FCIAC Regular Season

This is the final week of the regular season in the FCIAC. The boys and girls lacrosse playoffs begin on Friday. The baseball and softball tournaments open a week from tomorrow.

Except in baseball, where we have one of the best horse races in recent memory, there should be little drama in the other sports.

That all changes once the postseason commences. If there is one across-the-board keyword to the spring sports season, it is parity.

Here is a final-week primer and a look ahead, working from the sports with the fewest amount of storylines upward.

Boys Lacrosse

With 5-4 Win Over Ridgefield, The Darien Boys Lacrosse Team Affirms It Is Team To Beat

DARIEN — The Darien boys lacrosse team on Tuesday will have completed one of the best regular seasons in FCIAC history. In a year when there has never been four teams playing at such a high level — maybe in any sport, at any time — it is all the more remarkable given the quality of competition.

Saturday’s hard-fought 5-4 win at Ridgefield gave the Blue Wave (15-0) a sweep of the other members of what we will call the Fab Four — including a one-goal overtime win over New Canaan and a decisive victory over Greenwich.

Non-league wins have come against St. Anthony’s, Yorktown, Manhasset and Niskayuna.

Boys Lacrosse

Reed’s Overtime Goal Lifts Darien Boys Lacrosse Team To 11-10 Win Over New Canaan

DARIEN — A defensive struggle morphed into a brief shootout before settling into an evenly matched classic between two of the biggest rivals and best boys lacrosse programs in the region.

Not surprisingly, it took overtime to settle Saturday’s game between Darien and New Canaan and a spectacular goal to decide it.

John Reed converted a brilliant feed from Ian Burgoyne on a bang-bang play 59 seconds into the extra period to lift the Blue Wave to an emotional and hard-fought 11-10 home win to remain unbeaten.

Boys Lacrosse

Finneran’s 6 Points Lead Greenwich Boys Lacrosse Team To 11-8 Win Over New Canaan

GREENWICH — One of the few voids on Luke Finneran’s resume was never having beaten New Canaan in either of the two sports he played.

It remains to be seen whether Thursday was his last chance or not, but Finneran wasn’t taking any chances.

In an impressive display, the Greenwich attacker assisted on four successive goals in a span of 10:32 in the first half.

The Cardinals would add one more during a 5-0 run that opened up a 6-2 halftime lead and carried them to an 11-8 home win, avenging a defeat to New Canaan in last year’s FCIAC championship game.