1. DARIEN (14)
This week: Thursday vs. Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday at Fairfield Prep, 1 p.m.; Tuesday vs. Fairfield Ludlowe, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: There has been no post-Brunswick hangover for the Blue Wave, who managed never to let a game Wilton team catch up on Saturday. Next up are a rematch with the Tigers and an overdue meeting with the Jesuits.
2. NEW CANAAN
This week: Thursday at Brunswick, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday vs. Glastonbury, 2 p.m.; Tuesday at Norwalk, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Rams have won seven in a row against teams not ranked in the top 10 of the Nike/US Lacrosse national ranking (Darien, No. 6). They’ll visit another (Brunswick, No. 5) on Thursday.
3. FAIRFIELD PREP
This week: Thursday vs. Hand, 6 p.m.; Saturday vs. Darien, 1 p.m.; Monday at Xavier, 6 p.m.; Wednesday at North Haven (Middle School), 6 p.m.
Bottom line: The Jesuits have won seven in a row since losing back-to-back games against FCIAC foes. They’ve won a couple of those meetings in the meantime. Another FCIAC team comes in Saturday, but not just another FCIAC team.
This week: Thursday at Darien, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday at Staples, 3 p.m.; Tuesday at Westhill, 5:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tigers had been ranked second in each poll until now. Things won’t get easier the next couple of days.
This week: Thursday at Fairfield Ludlowe, 6 p.m.; Saturday vs. Ridgefield, 3 p.m.; Wednesday at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Both the Tigers and Wreckers had some key players out the past few games. They’ll meet up this weekend.
This week: Thursday at Greenwich, 5 p.m.; Saturday at Guilford, 2 p.m.; Tuesday vs. Fairfield Warde, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Warriors needed a second-half wakeup-comeback to beat Ludlowe, but two days later they made Darien work a little. Interesting matchup with Greenwich on Thursday.
7. NEW FAIRFIELD
This week: Thursday vs. Barlow, 4:30 p.m.; Friday at New Milford, 5 p.m.
Bottom line: A one-goal win? Can they do that? (New Fairfield’s last one-goal win: 13-12 over Guilford in the 2018 Class M quarterfinals, 31 consecutive in-state wins earlier.)
This week: Thursday vs. Wilton, 5 p.m.; Saturday vs. Fairfield Ludlowe, 11 a.m.; Tuesday at Danbury, 4:30 p.m.
Bottom line: #PollMath strikes again as the Cardinals fall a spot through no real fault of their own.
This week: Thursday vs. Shelton, 5 p.m.; Saturday vs. Simsbury, 6 p.m.; Monday vs. Notre Dame-West Haven, 6 p.m.; Wednesday at Guilford, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: By the end of the regular season next week, the Rams will have played five games in eight days. Only the last, at Greenwich, is against a top 10 team.
This week: Thursday at New Milford, 7:15; Saturday vs. Newtown, 6 p.m.; Tuesday vs. Barlow, 6 p.m.
Bottom line: A light week after falling at New Fairfield last week. The Trojans have a little stronger schedule this week heading toward the SWC tournament.
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Records through Tuesday, May 11
Poll compiled by Michael Fornabaio.
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