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Lacrosse: What To Look For As Pairings Announced

The CIAC announced on Thursday the seedings and schedules for the state high school boys and girls lacrosse tournaments. Here are some storylines:

Boys

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Defending champ Darien ran the table in the regular season (16-0) to earn the top seed in Class L. CCC West rivals Simsbury and Glastonbury are the second and third seeds. They would meet for a third time this season in the semifinals if both get that far.

Xavier lost its top scorer in senior Colin McCarthy on May 11, falling to Guilford in the SCC semis. The Falcons have a tough road, with an opening game against Fairfield Ludlowe and a possible second-round match with Darien.

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New Canaan is the defending Class M champ and comes in the top overall seed. Hand-Madison is the top seeded area team at No. 6 and will have to work for a rematch against the Rams in the final. A potential semifinal game against SCC rival Guilford looms for Hand.

Somers took the top seed in Class S but has a potential quarterfinal game against No. 9 Weston, which made the final last year. If Somers gets past that, it could face NCCC rival Granby, the fourth seed, in the semifinal.

The top five seeds in Class S are area teams, starting with Somers and followed in order by Old Lyme, East Catholic, Granby and Rocky Hill. But Class S can be unpredictable. Last year's final saw 10-seed St. Joseph beat 13-seed Weston.

Girls

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Glastonbury has had an up-and-down season but is a strong team, despite being seeded eighth. If the Tomahawks want to return to the final for a third straight year, they'll have to get though Staples in the first round and three-time champ Darien in the quarters.

Fellow CCC teams Conard and South Windsor take the third and fourth seeds in Class L. As a two-seed, Conard lost in the semis to Darien last year. Conard opens with CCC rival Simsbury. South Windsor faces 13-seed Wilton, which lost to Darien in the final last year as a nine seed.

Despite losing two All-Americans in Lauren Cole and Erin Mammele, Daniel Hand finished the season 14-2 and earned the top seed in Class M. Sheehan-Wallingford, after missing the tournament last season, gets the fifth seed but has a tough potential quarterfinal against Joel Barlow.

Like Sheehan, East Catholic makes the tourney after missing out last year. Behind the scoring of sophomore Alexa Weber, they earned the two seed in Class S and get the winner of St. Joseph/Haddam-Killingworth in the first round.

Defending Class S champ Granby is seeded 11th with NCCC rivals Somers and Canton seeded second and third. Somers has senior experience and Canton has a talented scorer in Grace Giancola, but could face top-seed Old Lyme in the semifinal. Old Lyme's only loss this year is to Hand.

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