When the FCIAC changed up its postseason schedule this spring, with first-round games in many sports starting last Friday, it had the most profound effect on baseball, which once played three games in four days to determine a champion.
With a goal of recognizing the accomplishments of more athletes, and because of the popularity of our Team of the Week votes, we are experimenting the rest of the season with letting readers decide our BlueStreak-Ruden Report Male and Female Players of the Week, with the hope that this will become a permanent process starting in the fall.
Your finalists are: the Ridgefield girls lacrosse, Darien baseball, Fairfield Ludlowe softball, Brien McMahon boys lacrosse, Westhill boys golf, Trumbull boys volleyball, Staples boys volleyball, Greenwich boys lacrosse and, Wilton boys lacrosse teams.
NEW CANAAN — Judging by their coach’s reaction following today’s FCIAC Tournament quarterfinal game with New Canaan, the members of the Wilton boys lacrosse team were in no need for a motivational speech.
WESTPORT — Darien baseball coach Mike Scott admitted he was weighing his options to preserve a one-run lead before making a pitching change in the sixth inning of today’s FCIAC Tournament quarterfinal game against Staples.
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.
NEW CANAAN — As the New Canaan girls lacrosse team navigated the regular season with a young roster comprised of few seniors, coach Kristin Woods stressed situational play.
As many of the Rams played their first postseason game this afternoon, that diligence to detail paid off.
So much for a planned FCIAC baseball tournament preview, now that the pairings will remain unsettled until less than 24 hours before the first pitch. We still don’t have a No. 8 seed. The girls lacrosse tournament begins today with New Canaan and Ridgefield having their openers moved up a day because both schools have proms tomorrow.
STAMFORD — Gabby Laccona’s arrival at Westhill High School four years ago was in many respects rather typical — if you are an elite athlete who has earned distinction and created a buzz at the youth level.
Laccona was trumpeted as the next great player in the Vikings’ rich softball history. It is a burden to put on a freshman, and Laccona said she was oblivious to the hype.
STAMFORD — Today was Flashback Monday for Stamford softball, a throwback to two decades ago, when the city’s three FCIAC teams won six straight conference titles, the best stretch in the illustrious history of the Stamford High, Westhill and Trinity Catholic programs.