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.
Sadly, it’s unclear whether mother nature will allow more spring sports games to take place this week as the regular seasons wind down. But in the event she does, the NFHS Network will be streaming many of them. The Network is scheduled to broadcast approximately 90 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, 5/13, Cheshire vs. Shelton boys volleyball, 6 p.m.: We start indoors on a busy Monday with a host of games scheduled (and unclear how many will be played). SCC rivals Cheshire and Shelton meet up in an intriguing boys volleyball contest. After a strong start Shelton has stumbled of late and will need a strong finish to insure CIAC tournament qualification, while Cheshire is in solid position at 12-4 on the year. Cheshire won a five-set match in the first meeting between the two at home, Shelton tries to turn the tide.
Tuesday, 5/14, Staples vs. New Fairfield girls lacrosse, 6 p.m.: Very interesting cross-league girls lacrosse match-up on Tuesday between Staples and New Fairfield. Staples sits near the top of Class L with just two losses, while New Fairfield is the only unbeaten team in Connecticut with a 14-0 mark and is atop the standings, and the defending champion, in Class S. This is probably the toughest test to date for New Fairfield and a chance for both teams to gauge their standing as tournaments approach.
Wednesday, 5/15, Farmington vs. Norwich Free Academy boys lacrosse, 4:30 p.m.: Another cross-league contest, this time in boys lacrosse as Farmington travels east to battle NFA. The home team is going to have to have to win two of its final three games to try and fight its way into the CIAC tournament, and a win over a strong Farmington team would go a long way towards improving those chances. Farmington, meanwhile, dropped its first three matches of the season and has since gone 8-3.
Thursday, 5/16, Bacon Academy vs. St. Joseph girls lacrosse, 4 p.m.: The impending end of the regular season is bringing a lot of these non-league contests onto the schedule, here with another ECC/FCIAC showdown in girls lacrosse. This is the (scheduled) regular season finale for St. Joseph which has been hovering around or slightly above .500 for most of the season. Bacon Academy has three games left on its schedule and needs a win in at least one to earn a spot in the Class S CIAC Tournament.
Friday, 5/17, Amity vs. Notre Dame-West Haven baseball, 7 p.m.: The final (scheduled) regular season game between a pair of SCC rivals gives us a treat on Friday as Notre Dame-West Haven hosts Amity. Both teams are perennial SCC and CIAC championship threats and both enter the week with solid 12-5 records. The finale caps a brutal three-game week for Amity which plays three teams with a combined record of 42-10 while Notre Dame gets to end the regular season with a pair of home games.
Saturday, 5/18, Tolland vs. Bunnell boys lacrosse, 1 p.m.: One more boys lacrosse game to end the week, and another featuring teams from different leagues. Tolland has enjoyed a strong season and makes the trip to Bunnell to play what is the penultimate regular season game for both teams. Tolland gets a good road test before its foray into the Class S tournaments with a current record of 8-4, while Bunnell is another team that needs victories to secure a postseason berth. It needs to win two out of its final three, so Saturday’s contest could be must-win for the home team.