Connecticut Division 1 Boys Poll
|5||Notre Dame (WH)||4||1||0|
|7||Notre Dame (F)||2||2||0|
Precisely one team, Fairfield Prep, made it through the Connecticut season unbeaten against state competition last year.
We’re but two and a half weeks into the new year, and only two of the 16 teams in Division I still have a chance to lay that claim this year. They’re both a bit of a surprise, though in their way, perhaps, not really.
One is No. 1 Hamden. And, after all, Hamden’s Hamden, the traditional state public-school powerhouse of the 20th century. Still, after losing lots of talent to graduation and prep school, a slow start wouldn’t have been a shocker. Nope: The Green Dragons start off with statement wins over the FCIAC’s best, No. 2 Darien (4-2) and No. 4 New Canaan (5-2) before a long break. They’re next at it on Jan. 4 against St. Joseph.
The other unbeaten is East Haven, whose early-season schedule has the bulk of its Division II and Division III opponents. Through the first quarter of their season, though, the Yellowjackets — who expected to improve on last year’s 8-12-1 mark — were 5-0 and had outscored opponents 27-5. Still, the only DI team in there was winless Greenwich. STILL, they beat Greenwich 6-0.
No. 5 Notre Dame-West Haven shook off an opening-night overtime loss to New Canaan with a winning streak, including the title in the West Haven Holiday Tournament. The Green Knights beat No. 8 Glastonbury 5-1 in the championship game. One of its big ones comes Saturday, though: No. 3 Fairfield Prep, in Bridgeport.
The West Haven tournament brought together a lot of big names in the state and tossed in some interesting results, including a 4-2 West Haven win over No. 7 Notre Dame-Fairfield and Glastonbury’s 2-1 win over No. 9 Ridgefield, which rebounded to beat Xavier 4-2.
Fairfield Prep, meanwhile, after a 1-0 loss to Darien, took two out of three at the Mount St. Charles holiday tournament, giving up a third-period lead to lose to Bishop Hendricken in its opener before beating Franklin, MA, and the host team (4-0 on Chris Gutierrez’s 21-save shutout).