2017 Spring Championship Headquarters

Tournament CentralOne of the biggest weekends of CIAC competition is coming up 16 championship games taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. To help get everyone ready for the big weekend of action here are some handy links and tournament histories for all of the championship match-ups. Fans can buy tickets to the finals online here to save time before heading to the venue. Twelve finals will be streamed live on the NFHS Network with the boys volleyball, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse, and baseball events available live. Live stats will also be provided for the boys and girls lacrosse finals. Below we will add some championship game tidbits in the coming days and notes from the upcoming match-ups and we have all the tournament histories for the participants updated below.

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
  • History has already been made in Class L baseball as Foran will play in the title game as the 32nd-seed. That matches the CIAC tournament history for the lowest seed to reach a CIAC title game (East Catholic boys basketball played in the Class L final as a 32 seed) and is the lowest seed to play for a baseball title. The previous lowest in the baseball finals was 30-seed Shelton in 1989. The lowest seed to win a baseball championship is 27-seed Northwest Catholic in 2015, and the lowest seed to win any CIAC title is the Portland girls soccer team which claimed the 2014 Class S title as the 29-seed.
  • Two teams will put historic streaks on the line this weekend as Amity baseball and Darien girls lacrosse both try to extend championship streaks. Both teams have won four-consecutive titles, streaks that rank as the longest in the history of those sports and each will have a chance to pad the record this weekend.
  • The quest to win a first-ever title in program history will be the motivation for a handful of teams this weekend. The aforementioned Foran baseball, along with Lewis Mills, Holy Cross and Lyman Memorial in baseball, East Hartford in boys volleyball, Branford and Pomperaug in girls lacrosse, North Branford, St. Paul Catholic, Trumbull, Torrington, and Joel Barlow in softball, and Daniel Hand and Waterford in boys lacrosse are all in search of first program titles.
  • Contrast in historical pedigree is most apparent in the Class M baseball final where Lewis Mills is making its first state final appearance, taking on Waterford whose nine state titles is the most in CIAC baseball history.
  • There are a trio of championship match-ups that are guaranteed to produce a first-time champion this weekend. In Class M girls lacrosse Branford and Pomperaug both are making a first finals appearance and thus have a chance at a first title. The Class S baseball title game between Holy Cross and Lyman Memorial features two teams that have never claimed a CIAC baseball championship. The same is true in Class L softball where Torrington and Joel Barlow are both seeking a first title.
  • Another piece of championship history in the Class M boys lacrosse final as New Canaan and Daniel Hand square off for a third-consecutive time. That is the first time the same two teams have met in three-consecutive boys lacrosse finals.
  • Along with Amity baseball and Darien girls lacrosse five other teams are trying to match titles they earned a year ago. All three champions in boys lacrosse from a year ago are back in the championship game, along with Seymour and Holy Cross in softball.
  • In girls lacrosse Darien’s attempt to extend its historic run comes up against the only program in Wilton that has defeated them in a CIAC girls lacrosse championship game.
  • Four of the eight softball finalists are playing in the championship game for the first time, and five of the eight are looking for a first title.
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORIES AND LINKS
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BASEBALL
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LL#11 Staples vs. #1 Amity
Championship History:
Amity: 9th appearance, 6-2 overall. 2016 def. Fairfield Warde 4-3; 2015 def. Staples 8-1; 2014 def. Southington 8-2; 2013 def. Southington 4-0; 2007 def. Newington 2-1; 2006 def. Bristol Central 3-2; 2005 lost to Fitch 10-0; 2003 lost to Norwich Free Academy 2-1.
Staples: 4th appearance, 1-2 overall. 2015 lost to Amity 8-1; 2001 def. Enfield 6-3; 1979 lost to Windsor 5-1.

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L#32 Foran vs. #7 North Haven
Championship History:
Foran: 2nd appearance, 0-1 overall. 1977 lost to Naugatuck 3-1.
North Haven: 7th appearance, 5-1 overall. 2015 def. Easy Lyme 3-2; 2004 lost to RHAM 7-6 (9); 2003 def. Seymour 10-0; 1985 def. Newtown 4-0; 1982 def. Andrew Warde 7-6; 1975 def. New Britain 1-0.

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M#4 Lewis Mills vs. #3 Waterford
Championship History:
Lewis Mills: 1st appearance.
Waterford: 16th appearance, 9-6 overall. 2013 lost to New Canaan 3-0; 2010 lost to Montville 6-4; 2007 lost to Seymour 2-0; 2005 def. Sheehan 8-0; 2002 def. Stratford 4-1; 2000 def. Norwich Tech 7-5; 1998 def. Montville 5-1; 1988 def. Plainfield 3-0; 1982 lost to Stamford Catholic 5-2; 1981 def. Bristol Eastern 18-3; 1979 def. Newtown 4-1; 1976 def. Ansonia 7-0; 1975 lost to Torrington 2-1; 1968 def. Morgan 4-0; 1960 lost to Stonington 4-3.

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S#2 Lyman Memorial vs. #1 Holy Cross
Championship History:
Holy Cross: 3rd appearance, 0-2 overall. 2008 lost to Plainville 5-4; 1994 lost to Plainville 10-6.
Lyman Memorial: 3rd appearance, 0-2 overall. 1995 lost to Shepaug Valley 6-1; 1993 lost to Gilbert 8-3.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

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L#4 East Hartford vs. #2 Darien
Championship History:
East Hartford: 1st appearance.
Darien: 5th appearance, 2-2 overall. 2016 lost to Ridgefield 3-2; 2015 lost to Ridgefield 3-2; 2011 def. Newington 3-2; 2008 def. Enfield 3-1.

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M#7 South Windsor vs. #4 Newington
Championship History:
South Windsor: 2nd appearance, 1-0 overall. 2016 def. Joel Barlow 3-0.
Newington: 6th appearance, 3-2 overall. 2015 def. Joel Barlow 3-1; 2014 def. Oxford 3-0; 2012 def. Oxford 3-1; 2011 lost to Darien 3-2; 2006 lost to Staples 3-0.

GIRLS LACROSSE

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L#11 Wilton vs. #4 Darien
Championship History:
Wilton: 10th appearance, 3-6 overall. 2015 lost to Darien 14-10; 2014 def. New Canaan 8-6 (OT); 2013 lost to New Canaan 10-6; 2012 lost to New Canaan 17-9; 2008 lost to Darien 20-7; 2007 lost to Darien 17-11; 2006 def. Darien 9-8; 2005 lost to Greenwich 11-9; 2004 def. Darien 9-7.
Darien: 11th appearance, 8-2 overall. 2016 def. Fairfield Warde 12-5; 2015 def. Wilton 14-10; 2014 def. Glastonbury 13-9; 2013 def. Greenwich 18-6; 2011 def. Daniel Hand 15-5; 2009 def. New Canaan 16-8; 2008 def. Wilton 20-7; 2007 def. Wilton 17-11; 2006 lost to Wilton 9-8; 2004 lost to Wilton 9-7.

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M#4 Branford vs. #2 Pomperaug
Championship History:
Branford: 1st appearance.
Pomperaug: 1st appearance.

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S#10 New Fairfield vs. #5 Weston
Championship History:
New Fairfield: 2nd appearance, 1-0 overall. 2005 def. Somers 11-5.
Weston: 3rd appearance, 2-0 overall. 2013 def. Haddam-Killingworth 13-8; 2011 def. Granby Memorial 8-7.

SOFTBALL

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LL#9 Trumbull vs. #6 Southington
Championship History:
Trumbull: 1st appearance.
Southington: 22nd appearance, 17-4 overall. 2015  def. Cheshire 5-4; 2014 def. Amith 1-0 (15); 2013 def. Mercy 1-0; 2012 lost to Amity 10-6; 2004 def. Bristol Central 2-0; 2003 lost to Amity 3-0; 2002 lost to Amity 1-0; 1999 def. Amity 6-0; 1998 lost to Lyman Hall 1-0 (8); 1997 def. Amity 2-1; 1993 def. Westhill 4-3; 1990 def. def. Staples 4-3; 1988 def. Norwalk 7-5; 1987 def. Danbury 9-1; 1986 def. Holy Cross 1-0; 1985 def. Cheshire 2-1; 1983 def. East Haven 4-0; 1982 def. Manchester 6-1; 1981 def. Hamden 6-2; 1979 def. Amity 9-5; 1978 def. Norwalk 4-3.

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L#10 Joel Barlow vs. #4 Torrington
Championship History:
Torrington: 1st apperance.
Joel Barlow: 1st appearance.

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M#7 North Branford vs. #4 Seymour
Championship History:
Seymour: 18th appearance, 10-7 overall. 2016 def. Rocky Hill 1-0; 2014 def. East Haven 2-0; 2011 lost to Sacred Heart Academy 4-3; 2009 def. St. Joseph 1-0; 2007 lost to St. Joseph 3-2; 2006 def. Lauralton Hall 8-0; 2005 def. Daniel Hand 7-0; 2004 def. Sacred Heart Academy 4-0; 2003 lost to Lyman Hall 4-0; 2000 def. Sacred Heart 3-0; 1998 lost to Morgan 1-0; 1996 def. Bristol Eastern 3-2; 1995 def. Bethel 2-0; 1994 lost to Ledyard 4-0; 1993 def. Stonington 1-0 (10 innings); 1992 lost to Middletown 4-3; 1985 lost to Lewis Mills 3-0.
North Branford: 2nd appearance, 0-1 overall. 1975 lost to Sheehan 8-5.

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S#9 St. Paul Catholic vs. #2 Holy Cross
Championship History:
St. Paul Catholic: 1st appearance.
Holy Cross: 6th appearance, 3-2 overall. 2016 def. Notre Dame-Fairfield; 2015 def. Thomaston 4-0; 1992 lost to Westhill 6-1; 1989 def. Norwalk 1-0; 1986 lost to Southington 1-0.

BOYS LACROSSE

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L#7 Cheshire vs. #1 Darien
Championship History:
Darien: 14th appearance, 12-1 overall. 2016 def. Simsbury 18-3; 2015 def. Ridgefield 6-5; 2014 def. New Canaan 10-8; 2012 def. New Canaan 11-5; 2010 def. New Fairfield 17-5; 2009 def. Wilton 17-11; 2008 def. New Canaan 11-4; 2007 def. Branford 17-7; 2006 def. Daniel Hand 13-5; 2000 def. Wilton 14-8; 1999 lost to Wilton 10-7; 1997 def. Greenwich 14-8.
Cheshire: 3rd appearance, 2-0 overall. 2010 def. Fairfield Prep 9-8; 2002 def. Glastonbury 11-10.

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M#11 Daniel Hand vs. #4 New Canaan
Championship History:
New Canaan: 13th appearance, 5-7 overall. 2016 def. Daniel Hand 13-2; 2015 def. Daniel Hand 10-5; 2014 lost to Darien 10-8; 2012 lost to Darien 11-5; 2011 lost to Wilton 12-2; 2008 lost to Darien 11-4; 2004 lost to Wilton 9-6; 2003 def. Glastonbury 8-7; 2001 def. Fairfield Prep 6-5 (3OT); 1998 lost to Wilton 14-11; 1996 def. Wilton 5-4; 1995 lost to Wilton 12-6.
Daniel Hand: 4th appearance, 0-3 overall. 2016 lost to New Canaan 13-2; 2015 lost to New Canaan 10-5; 2006 lost to Darien 13-5.

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S#2 Somers vs. #1 Waterford
Championship History:
Somers: 6th appearance, 4-1 overall. 2016 def. St. Joseph 14-8; 2012 lost to Joel Barlow 15-2; 2006 def. Fairfield Ludlowe 6-2; 1997 def. Avon 16-10; 1996 def. South Windsor 12-6.
Waterford: 1st appearance.

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