Boys Lacrosse

Staples That “Other” State Lacrosse Finalist; A Quick Glance At CIAC Title Games

The anticipation is high for Saturday’s state boys lacrosse title game involving two FCIAC schools.

No, not that one.

While the Class M championship between Darien and New Canaan has dominated the attention, that will be preceded by the Class L final, featuring No. 2 Greenwich and ninth-seeded Staples.

The Wreckers (15-5) have been the FCIAC’s good team that no one has talked about, overshadowed by the so-called Big Four of Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield and the Cardinals.

FCIAC

Perticone’s 5 Goals Help Carry Blue Wave Back To Class L Championship Game

WEST HAVEN—The defending Class L champions will continue their quest for a repeat as the Darien Blue Wave defeated the No. 7-seeded Cheshire Rams in the Class L semifinals on Tuesday 12-6.

What was a close game at the start soon featured a Darien rout in the second half led by senior co-captain Hollis Perticone, who had a team-high five goals for the third-seeded Blue Wave (20-2).

Cheshire came out hot, taking an early 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder Olivia Larson scored off of a free position and Maddie Leavy quickly followed with a turnaround shot on goal to give the Rams a quick start.

Darien did not panic.

FCIAC

Perticone, Schoen Combine For 7 Goals To Lead Darien To FCIAC Girls Lacrosse Title

NORWALK — The Darien High School girls lacrosse team was unable to summon its A game, but a B-plus effort was good enough to carry it to a third straight conference title.

Hollis Perticone finished with 4 goals and 2 assists and Dillon Schoen added 3 goals to lead the Blue Wave to a 9-7 win over Wilton in the FCIAC championship game Friday at Brien McMahon.

“We were really happy to come away with the win,” said Schoen, who was named the most valuable player. “It wasn’t as clean as we wanted it to be. We did what we wanted to do and at the end of the day we’re the champions and we’re really happy about that.”

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.

FCIAC

Greenwich’s Nicole Graham Finishing 3-Sport Career On Field After Recovery From Leukemia

GREENWICH — The positive outlook and radiant smile have remained constants, packaged now with a maturity uncommon in high school seniors.

Then again, not many teenagers — or anyone, for that matter — have had to endure the battle waged by Nicole Graham against an insidious disease that left her parents in the unfathomable position of having to confront their daughter’s mortality.

It is unfair to compare Graham’s battle with leukemia to any of her athletic endeavors at Greenwich High School, save for an important common trait: the indomitable spirit she brought to the fight.

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

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.