For a variety of reasons “Eye On The CIAC” has not been published during the spring season. Hopefully next Monday will remedy that situation, but in the meantime CIACsports.com will try to provide an (admittedly) brief and incomplete glimpse at some of the noteworthy teams and performances that have stood out so far this spring (understanding that this will be out-of-date shortly after publication).
- Four teams sit with unblemished records at this point in the season with two of them in class L. Simsbury and Brien McMahon hold that distinction with both teams yet to suffer a loss. Simsbury had to work extremely hard to hold on to that designation in its last game, claiming a remarkable 6-overtime win over New Fairfield in its last outing. An overtime win over rival Norwalk is among the noteworthy victories for McMahon and the team will get a great measuring stick game next week against Greenwich.
- Speaking of the Cardinals, they are one of several teams just off the pace that are certainly worthy to keep an eye on. Greenwich has not lost to a Connecticut team this season and has the highest rating of any team in L. Defending champion Fairfield Prep is also unbeaten against Connecticut competition as part of its SCC schedule, and Ridgefield has several impressive wins and pushed Greenwich to the brink in a regular-season contest. Newtown, Hall, and Glastonbury are also playing well with roughly a month to go in the season.
- Darien with a perfect 10-0 record and North Haven with nine wins are pacing class M at present and both have a handful of impressive victories. Darien earned a one-goal win over rival New Canaan to set the pace early in the season, while a one-goal loss to Guilford is the only blemish on North Haven’s record. That Guilford squad is an interesting one to watch as despite a .500 record the team has some interesting wins and several close losses.
- Ledyard and East Lyme are both making sure the eastern part of the state is represented near the top of class M. New Canaan looks like a serious contender with some strong wins and Joel Barlow is 6-4 but holds the third-highest rating in the class.
- The fourth unbeaten team still in the fold sits atop class S which is Lewis Mills which has dominated its opponents to the tune of a cumulative score of 168-38 in nine games. Somers also has nine wins at this point in the campaign against just one loss, and its rating of 70 is the highest in the class.
- An overtime win over Conard opened the season for Northwest Catholic which has been solid with its 6-2 start to the season which has them just off the pace. Granby Memorial and Valley Regional both have topped 50 with their rating and have just a pair of losses on the resume. Both of Morgan’s losses this year have been by just one goal while keeping an eye on St. Joseph (which is above .500 despite a tough conference schedule) and defending class S champion Weston.
- Four teams are also still unbeaten in girls lacrosse with two of them in the loaded class L field and two more in class S with a month or so to go in the season. CCC North rivals Simsbury and Glastonbury are both undefeated thus far, though that will change when the two teams square off next week (if not before). Defending L champion Darien is keeping pace with those two squads having not dropped a match in state this season, including a tight win over rival Greenwich.
- There are a large number of other teams to track in that deep class L field including a Newtown squad which boasts the highest rating in L despite three losses, and the previously mentioned Greenwich team which is 5-4 but with only two losses to Connecticut opponents. Other teams playing well this season that have shown the ability to compete with the top teams include Cheshire, Hall, and Fairfield Warde which has just two losses one of which came by a single goal against Greenwich.
- Wilton was the runner-up in class M last season and is off to a tremendous start this year sitting at 10-1 with some wins over likely contenders including last year’s championship-game foe New Canaan. With a mark of 8-2-1 Brookfield is actually second in ratings and also has some good wins on the resume including topping Newtown and defending class S champion Weston.
- New Canaan is also right in the mix with a strong mark of 6-3 with only two losses against Connecticut teams — both of which came against teams near the top of the rankings. After a 1-2 start Joel Barlow has reeled off six-straight wins to make a move, and Avon had opened the season with seven victories before falling to Glastonbury in its last outing. A one-goal win over Weston improved New Fairfield to 7-4 and has them lurking near the top-10 of the M rankings.
- The shoreline and eastern part of the state are well represented at the top of the class S rankings right now, with Stonington and Old Saybrook both currently unbeaten to sit at the top. After a one-goal win to open the year, Stonington has been dominant with all but one of its remaining wins coming by more than 10 goals. Old Saybrook has also won comfortably and will get a good test on Thursday against last year’s S runner-up Haddam-Killingworth which is off to a 3-3-1 start.
- There is lots of other interesting teams in the mix in this class, starting with previously mentioned defending champion Weston, which is 7-3-1 with all three losses against highly-ranked foes from class M. Immaculate and Bethel are both off to strong starts as well in the class, though Bethel got the better of the other in the regular season meeting between the two squads. Granby Memorial and Waterford are both also putting together strong performances in the season thus far.