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New Canaan is No. 1 team in final girls lacrosse top 10 poll

East Catholic’s Diexa Weber (17) fires a shot on goal in the Class S semifinals against Canton at Southington High. Canton defenders Madi Bahre (22), Tady Whitney (15) and Allie Delsanto (30) close in on Weber. East Catholic won in double OT, 8-7.

There is a new No. 1 team in girls lacrosse in Connecticut – New Canaan. The Rams capped off a heart stopping week on Saturday with an 19-7 win over Ridgefield to win the Class L championship.

New Canaan was a unanimous selection as the No. 1 team in the state in the final state coaches poll of the season.

That championship win came days after the Rams stunned Darien, 12-11 in a thrilling Class L semifinal. The win snapped a 107-match winning streak for Darien against Connecticut opponents. The Blue Wave had won five straight Class L championships.

The last team to beat Darien? It was New Canaan in the 2012 Class M quarterfinals.

Darien (19-3) slipped to No. 2 with Wilton, which lost a four-goal decision to New Canaan in the quarterfinals, remained at No. 3. With their drive to the championship game, Ridgefield (14-6) moved up three spots to No. 4.

The FCIAC had four of the top five teams in the state, according to the poll, and the top four slots.

Cheshire, who lost in overtime to Ridgefield in the Class L semifinals, 14-13, slipped one spot to No. 5.

Class M champion Branford, who beat Hand, 11-8 for the title, was ranked No. 7 with two-time Class S champion New Fairfield coming in at No. 10 after their 9-6 victory over East Catholic-Manchester.

State Girls Lacrosse Poll

The state top 10 girls lacrosse poll as voted by coaches from across Connecticut. First place votes in parentheses. Compiled by Phil Schneider of East Lyme

FINAL, Monday, June 11

Team Record Pts. LW
1. New Canaan (15) 17-5 140 2
2. Darien 19-3 134 1
3. Wilton 14-5 116 3
4. Ridgefield 14-6 99 7
5. Cheshire 17-4 78 4
6. Greenwich 16-4 76 6
7. Branford 19-3 67 8
8. Hand 19-3 45 5
9. Fairfield Warde 12-7 28 9
10. New Fairfield 20-3 17 11
Also receiving votes: Fairfield Ludlowe (12-7) 8, Pomperaug (19-3) 6, Conard (10-7) 1
Coaches voting: Sean Cole, Canton; Dan Warburton, Cheshire; Meg Cersosimo, Conard; Kevin Siedlecki, Hand; Lisa Lindley, Darien; Phil Schneider, East Lyme; Tom Davis, Fairfield Warde; Jeff Manaresi, Farmington; Kris Cofiell, Glastonbury; Terri Ziemnicki, Granby; Kristin Woods, New Canaan; Maura Fletcher, Newtown; Lori Connelly, North Branford; Danielle Tammaro, Pomperaug; Meredith Meyran, Wilton

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