Editor’s Note: The NFHS Network is the exclusive broadcast partner of CIAC Championships. Several CIAC member schools have also partnered with the NFHS Network to provide streaming coverage of regular season events. Every Monday CIACsports.com will feature a handful of games to check out in the new feature “What to Watch.” All records are at the time of posting.
“What To Watch” has been on a bit of a hibernation during the tail end of the winter championship season. But now spring is in full bloom (when it’s not raining) so there is plenty of action to keep track of. The Network is scheduled to broadcast approximately 85 contests across Connecticut this week, so let’s take a look at a few to highlight. Check out all the upcoming and live events here https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/CIAC or go to the landing page for your favorite team. Here are a few selections to watch this week, and remember a one-month membership to view all these games and more is just $9.99.
Monday, 4/22, East Haven. vs. Notre Dame-West Haven baseball, 3:45 p.m.: Lacrosse is the most common spring sport available on the Network, but here’s a chance to catch a little high school baseball action as well. It’s a game featuring teams with a combined record of 12-3, and both are squarely in the mix for top position in the SCC standings.
Monday, 4/22, Danbury vs. Fairfield Ludlowe outdoor track & field, 4 p.m.: Another opportunity to watch some live action not featuring boys or girls lacrosse. Two perennially strong track and field teams get together for a meet on Monday. Danbury is the defending boys State Open champion and both Hatters’ squads won the Class LL title a season ago, while Fairfield Ludlowe was also a top-5 finisher on the girls side.
Tuesday, 4/23, Branford vs. Daniel Hand girls lacrosse, 6 p.m.: Tuesday provides a cornucopia of lacrosse competition with broadcasts all over the state. Of particular interest is this rematch of last year’s Class M final between Branford and Daniel Hand. Branford captured the Class M crown for the second-straight year with an 11-8 victory and is off to a 3-3 start this year, while the Tigers are off to a strong 6-1 start. Masuk and Newtown squaring off in an SWC showdown is also a good girls game to check out on Tuesday with both teams off to strong 2019 starts.
Wednesday, 4/24, Fairfield Prep vs. Xavier boys lacrosse, 4:30 p.m.: It’s a light Network schedule on Wednesday but we do have this interesting contest between two SCC rivals both playing well thus far in 2019. Fairfield Prep’s only loss came against an out-of-state foe while piling up four wins, and Xavier has won five straight games after dropping its first contest of the season.
Thursday, 4/25, Fairfield Warde vs. New Canaan boys volleyball, 4:30 p.m.: Moving indoors on Thursday for an interesting FCIAC boys volleyball contest. New Canaan is rolling in the early season with a 7-1 mark and looks to be a real threat in Class M. Fairfield Warde is 4-4 through eight matches, and dropped a tight five-set thriller to New Canaan already this season in its home gym. It will look for revenge on the road this week.
Saturday, 4/27, Watertown vs. Bunnell girls lacrosse, 12 p.m.; Ellington vs. Enfield boys lacrosse, 12 p.m.: A pair of noon starts for a pair of lacrosse matches among the many Saturday lacrosse contests to choose from. We highlight these two as they provide a nice sampling of action from all over the state. Watertown is enjoying a 5-2 start to the season and gets a good road test against a solid Bunnell squad on the girls side. And in boys lacrosse action, Enfied enters the week looking for its first win and hosts an Ellington team that has a pair of tight road wins on its resume.