It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
WESTPORT — When Christine Taylor was a freshman at Staples, a three-sport athlete, she played on an above-average field hockey team unable to play competitively with Darien and Wilton, the FCIAC’s two measuring sticks.
NEW CANAAN — Giana Bruno and Chrissie Fiore became rivals because of proximity, friends and teammates because of their shared talents, and will remain adversaries both due to that ability and the common mindset of taking the road less traveled.
“It’s fun having that two-sided relationship,” said Bruno, a two-sport star at New Canaan. “You step on the field and you’re enemies. We never smile at each other.”
MILFORD — Coming off playing their biggest rival a round earlier than expected due to the seeding, the Darien girls lacrosse team admittedly had its guard up against a letdown coming into today’s Class L championship.
NORWALK — It may not have been Warriors-Cavs, but for a girls lacrosse state semifinal the matchup was as good as it gets.
Darien vs. New Canaan. Two great, proud programs, both defending state champions that have combined for 13 state crowns in different divisions during the last 10 years, were meeting for the first time in the Class L Tournament at Brien McMahon High School tonight. And if that wasn’t enough, there isn’t a greater rivalry than this in the state.
Welcome to the debut of The Ruden Report Podcast. As I wrote for the description here on the podcast homepage: The Ruden Report Podcast With Dave Ruden is your destination for in-depth interviews with Fairfield County’s top sports newsmakers and commentary provided by award-winning writer Dave Ruden, who has been covering the FCIAC for 33 years. Fans can listen to conversations with the players, coaches and the personalities who drive sports in the area.
GREENWICH — After falling in the opening round of the FCIAC Tournament, the Greenwich girls lacrosse team saw its chances of realizing a number of goals left dangling.
Allison Gaskins, a graduate student at Sacred Heart University, is going to be contributing video stories and profiles for a still-to-be named series on The Ruden Report. Allison has been working on camera and as a director for Frontier’s Vantage Sports Network.
For her first feature here, Allison profiles Darien girls lacrosse coach Lisa Lindley, who last week celebrated her 400th career victory.