What a start to the state tournament.
New Canaan was well-represented in the many ongoing state tournament brackets, as several teams made it past the opening round.
Fresh off of its dramatic come-from-behind FCIAC Championship victory over Ridgefield, the New Canaan boys lacrosse team ensured that there would be no let down in the first round of the Class M state tourney. As the tournament's No. 3 seed, New Canaan demolished No. 19 Pomperaug by an 18-2 margin at home on Wednesday. The road to a state title will only get rockier for these Rams, but they've proven they're capable of beating anyone on any day and are certainly a threat to add a state championship trophy to the mantle.
Although the New Canaan baseball team is only the No. 24 seed in the Class L State tourney, it opened up postseason play by hitting the road for a lopsided 9-2 victory over No. 9 Branford on Tuesday. After scoring the road win against Branford, New Canaan traveled to face No. 8 Maloney on Wednesday, and again came away victorious with a 5-3 win. It was just one year ago when the Rams made it all the way to the state semifinals, so this team has shown a knack to play well in postseason competition, and they'll be traveling to take on No. 16 Daniel Hand on Saturday.
The New Canaan girls lacrosse team suffered a setback in a defeat at the hands of Darien in the semifinals of the FCIAC tournament, but that doesn't mean it isn't one of the favorites to take home state glory. The top-seeded Rams kicked off the tournament on Thursday against No. 16 Daniel Hand, but the result was not available at press time. For full coverage, visit www.newcanaannewsonline.com. If the Rams won that game, they could be taking on No. 9 Darien in Monday's state quarterfinals.
The No. 18 New Canaan softball team suffered a heart-breaking 10-inning defeat on the road against No. 15 Naugatuck in the first round of the Class LL state tourney, effectively bringing its season to a halt. New Canaan also was eliminated in the first round of the FCIAC tournament as the No. 8 seed at the hands of top-seeded Westhill, but it's hard to overlook the strides this program has made over the past two seasons. Once an FCIAC afterthought, New Canaan has enjoyed consecutive winning seasons and has qualified for the FCIAC and state tournaments in both years.
As the No. 3 seed, the New Canaan girls tennis team is a top-notch contender for a state crown. The Rams shook off a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Greenwich in the FCIAC championship match, and now stand two victories away from a Class L state crown. New Canaan picked up a 7-0 win over No. 14 Ridgefield in the opening round on Tuesday and scored a 6-1 win over No. 6 Amity on Wednesday. New Canaan traveled to take on No. 2 Glastonbury on Thursday, but the result was not available at press time. With a New Canaan win, a state championship match would be tonight.