Here’s a look at, what I believe, were the top 10 girls lacrosse teams. Like the boys top 10 list that was recently posted, it is limited to Hearst Connecticut Newspaper regions – the FCIAC, SWC and some of the SCC.
1. DARIEN (21-1): The Class L and FCIAC champion Blue Wave were an easy choice for the top spot. Displaying its superior depth at each position, Darien wasn’t challenged in the Class L Tournament, where they averaged 17 goals per game. Paced by All-Americans Caylee Waters (goalie), Taylor Hardison (attack), Dillon Schoen (midfielder) and Kristy Gilbert (midfielder), Darien won its final 19 games and went undefeated in Connecticut. Their lone loss came when they were edged by Garden City, N.Y., 12-11, in double overtime in their third game of the season. Blue Wave coach Lisa Lindley called this year’s squad “her best team ever, with no real weaknesses.” Those who have watched Darien in action certainly wouldn’t disagree with that statement.
2. NEW CANAAN (21-2): Scoring in double digits in all but two of their games, the Rams produced another dominant season en route to winning their second straight Class M championship. Senior All-American attack Olivia Hompe powered New Canaan offensively, while senior All-American Liz O’Sullivan was a consistent force in goal. The Rams’ only two losses came against the Blue Wave, one of which came in the FCIAC finals.
3. GREENWICH ACADEMY (18-1): The Gators can contend with any team, private school or public. Posting noteworthy victories against Greenwich High School, Deerfield Academy, Loomis Chaffee and Convent of the Sacred Heart, Angela Tammaro’s team scored 10 or more goals in every game. All-American midfielders Emilia Tapsall and Mary Taussig helped GA win the FAA title for the 28th time in 30 seasons.
4. GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL (17-5): After graduating most of their starters from last season’s Class L championship team, this was supposed to be somewhat of a rebuilding season for the Cardinals. Yet coach Caitlin Keane’s crew began the season with 10 straight victories and was once again, at its best in the Class L Tournament. Junior All-American midfielder Carolyn Paletta and senior attack Emma Christie were playmakers throughout the season, as was senior midfielder Emily Johnson.
5. WILTON (15-6): Despite taking the field without injured standout players Casey Pearsall and Megan Boepple, the Warriors still managed to advance to the Class M finals, where they fell to New Canaan. Tegan Helms and Kat Vincent were just a couple of the players that stepped up for the Warriors.
6. WESTON (21-1): After suffering a two-goal loss to Brookfield in its season-opener, Weston won 21 straight games, including a 13-8 victory over Haddam-Killingworth in the Class S final. Taylor Swanson and Morgan Moubayed helped pace the Trojans offensively.
7. DANBURY (15-5): The Hatters had a breakout season under the direction of coach Jaime Williams. Danbury officially put itself on the FCIAC map by eliminating Wilton in the quarterfinal round of the FCIAC Tournament, then posted a victory in the first round of the Class L tourney. Other notable wins came against Ridgefield and New Fairfield.
8. RIDGEFIELD (12-7): The Tigers continued to show they are a program on the rise. After losing to Greenwich in the FCIAC quarterfinals (they beat GHS during the regular season), the Tigers advanced to the quartefinals of the Class L tourney, where they were edged by Glastonbury in overtime, 17-15.
9. NEWTOWN (11-8): After winning the SWC championship, the Nighthawks gave Greenwich High a tough battle in a 16-14 loss in the first round of the Class L Touranment. They also gave New Canaan all it could handle in a 17-16 regular season loss.
10. NEW FAIRFIELD (13-4): The Rebels, who had an eight-game winning streak at one point of the season, advanced to the SWC semifinals and dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 decision to Guilford in the first round of the Class M Tournament.