Connecticut Division I Poll
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There’s a temptation to blow this thing up two weeks into the season, rip it up (well, a printed version; never rip up your screen), toss it in the air and see where the pieces land to produce the HNIB News Connecticut Division I rankings.
Won’t do that (quite) yet. But six of last week’s top 10 took at least one loss this week, of varying degrees of jaw-dropping. No. 7 Fairfield Prep, for instance, lost a couple in the Mount St. Charles Holiday Classic, always a get-together of some of the top teams in the Northeast.
Meanwhile back home, No. 5 Notre Dame-Fairfield and No. 6 Ridgefield lost in the West Haven Christmas Tournament to two teams that had been outside the poll picture. (And yes, the “blow this thing up” version gives a lot more consideration to St. Joseph and West Haven.)
But rather than blow it up, we’ll give it a week or two to see where things shake out for some of these teams, whether a loss was a blip or a trend. We may’ve dropped No. 3 Xavier too far last week, for instance; the Falcons won that West Haven tournament, beating St. Joseph, West Haven and, in the final, No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven.
No. 1 Darien rolled along, beating rival New Canaan 8-0, then beating Division III conference opponent Norwalk by the same score. The Blue Wave host Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday. No. 2 Greenwich kept it up with a 3-1 win of its own over New Canaan.
Ridgefield dropped three in a row after its opener, an overtime shootout with Notre Dame-Fairfield (which outshot opponents heavily in two games this week but only got a split) and shutout losses to Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven. No. 8 Hamden’s only game this week was a tie against a good Division II team in North Haven. No. 9 Simsbury lost to perennially strong Westfield, MA but came back to beat Conard 3-1.
Last year’s Division II champion, No. 10 Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, trailed early in its first Division I game since returning to D-I. But the Wildcats came all the way back to beat Glastonbury. They’re 4-0.