RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield boys lacrosse team has progressed in recent seasons to elite status in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 start last season and finished 17-4, falling in the semifinals of both the FCIAC and CIAC Class L tournaments. This came after back-to-back state title-game appearances, with the Tigers winning it all in Connecticut in 2011.
This year’s Ridgefield team lost its leading scorer, attackman Brett Baker, who had 76 goals and 92 points and is a freshman at NCAA Tournament participant Bryant University. The Tigers also lost several other current Division I players to graduation: midfielder Cal Dearth (Boston University), longstick midfielder Sam Gravitte (Princeton) and goaltender Conor Shannon (Richmond).
But coach Roy Colsey’s Tigers have risen to the level of a program that reloads and doesn’t rebuild.