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Boys lacrosse: Week 7 fine performances, Week 8 games to watch

Michael FornabaioMay 21, 2019

Fine performances

Kevin Ashworth, St. Paul: Six points, including the 250th of his career, in a 16-10 win over Granby.

Colby Bailey-Gates, Simsbury: Two goals and two assists as the Trojans beat Guilford 8-7.

Tyler DiNapoli, North Branford: Scored five goals and three assists in a 12-0 win over Old Saybrook.

J.J. Ford, Xavier: Four goals, three in the third quarter, as the Falcons came back to beat Branford 14-9 in the SCC quarterfinals.

Ethan Grandolfo, Fairfield Prep: Six goals and two assists as the Jesuits beat Hand 10-3.

Liam Griffiths, New Canaan: Had two goals and an assist in the third quarter of a 6-4 FCIAC quarterfinal win over Greenwich.

Billy Heller, Somers: Made 16 saves in a 14-12 win over Waterford.

Zach Hochman, Notre Dame-West Haven: Three goals and two assists in a 9-3 win over Shelton that clinched an SCC playoff spot.

Josh Labkoff, Stamford: Three goals and an assist in a 11-2 win over Hamden that clinched a Class L playoff berth.

Nico Mazzacco, Northwest Catholic: Scored four goals in an 11-10 win over East Catholic, clinching a Class S playoff spot.

Thomas O’Connor, Glastonbury: Seven saves helped the Tomahawks beat Simsbury 8-4.

Games to watch

NCCC final, Granby vs. Somers (at Suffield), Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Somers and Granby have had some good tilts in recent years, most recently Granby’s 16-15 overtime win April 30, Somers’ only blemish this season.

WCLC final, Thursday at St. Paul, 6:30 p.m.: St. Paul has swept through the league the past couple of years, though Lewis Mills at least put up some goals against the Falcons in the regular season (not enough, but still). Lewis Mills and Watertown were in the other semifinal from St. Paul, set to meet Wolcott on Wednesday.

FCIAC final, Thursday at McMahon, 7 p.m.: If No. 1 Darien gets past Wilton on Tuesday, it’ll bid for an unprecedented sixth consecutive FCIAC title against either rival New Canaan or 2018 state-final nemesis Ridgefield.

SCC final, Thursday at West Haven, 7:30 p.m.: This hasn’t quite been the Fairfield Prep Invitational, but the Jesuits have won three titles in a row and 10 out of 12, and they were favored again going into Tuesday’s semifinal against Hand.

SWC final, Thursday, site TBA, 7 p.m.: There was no sign during the regular season that anyone was going to head off New Fairfield, which outscored SWC opponents 198-26 in 10 games, including 34-9 against Newtown and Weston, who met in the other semifinal.

CCC Central final, Simsbury at Glastonbury, Thursday: As has often been the case, they meet again right after seeing each other in the regular season: Glastonbury won 8-4 a week ago.

CCC North final, TBA... Maybe?: Farmington is in if they play one, but with Wednesday’s East Catholic-RHAM game (the last regular-season game in the state) determining the other competitor, and with East Catholic needing to play Saturday in the Class S tournament, whether they’d play a championship game was to be determined at last report.

CCC South final, Tolland at Berlin (Sage Park), Wednesday, 4 p.m.: Both teams are 12-4. Berlin won 12-3 at Tolland in the regular season.

Shoreline final, Thursday at Indian River Complex, Clinton, 7 p.m.: Defending champion Old Lyme was set to go on the road in Tuesday’s semifinals to visit North Branford. Morgan and Haddam-Killingworth were to meet in the other semifinal.

ECC final, Thursday at East Lyme, 7:30 p.m.: East Lyme has won it eight years in a row, but Waterford (with which it split in the regular season) and Bacon Academy (its semifinal opponent Tuesday night) have been very competitive.

CIAC qualifying round games, Saturday: Looks like there will be at least 15 of them spread across the three classes; each bracket had at least 19 teams qualify, and any above 16 force qualifying-round games. The “first” round, then, is next Wednesday, May 29.

—Michael Fornabaio

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; http://twitter.com/fornabaioctp

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