Chik Chatting: Playoff Preview
Published 5:55 pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As the majority of the fall sports' regular seasons come to a close, there's one certainty: We're going to be seeing a lot of the Rams and the Blue Wave in the FCIAC playoffs. That's because nearly every team at both New Canaan High School and Darien High School has secured a playoff spot. In several cases, each school boasts a team which may have to be considered the favorite to win an FCIAC crown.
New Canaan won't have the top seed in any of the fall sports, but that doesn't mean the Rams aren't dangerous. So, it's time to size up everyone's chances to do some damage in the FCIAC tournaments.
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The only team at New Canaan High School which entered Wednesday's action with its playoff hopes still in doubt was the New Canaan boys soccer team. Sitting in seventh place, the Rams have had to deal with an extraordinarily difficult schedule down the stretch and have gone 1-3-4 in their last eight games. However, with only a home game against Fairfield Ludlowe on Wednesday night remaining (result not available at press time), the Rams were still firmly in control of their own playoff fate. A win and they're in.
The New Canaan girls soccer team has locked up a home game in the first round of the FCIAC tournament. Not only will they be the beneficiaries of playing of familiar turf, they've also gone on a torrid run to close out the regular season and had won seven straight contests heading into Thursday's showdown in Greenwich. The Rams have won several games over difficult opponents and could be as dangerous as any team in the postseason.
The New Canaan field hockey team has enjoyed similar success at the end of its season. With four straight wins, the Rams have clinched a playoff spot and sit in sixth place. They had a good test to close out their regular season on Wednesday at home against a Westhill team which may or may not be heading to the playoffs.
New Canaan's volleyball team had a tough matchup against Staples to finish the regular season on Wednesday, but they'll be playoff bound regardless of the outcome. Currently in fourth place, the Rams have a victory over Greenwich to their credit, and could prove to be a tough out in the FCIAC tournament.
Football season is just past its midway point, but the unbeaten New Canaan football team looks all but assured of a spot in the FCIAC tournament.