The regular season is finally at an end and that means the playoffs are right around the corner.
It was a tough year for many of the local girls lacrosse teams - most of which are still in the rebuilding phase. Out of the local New Britain and Bristol area schools, just two teams qualified for postseason play.
Southington will be the lone representative from Class L. It was a bounce-back season for the Blue Knights, who after winning just three games in 2016, won nine this year to earn themselves the No. 13 seed in the tournament. But it will be a tough first-round matchup for Southington as it takes on fourth-seeded Darien (13-3) on the road on Tuesday.
Should the Blue Knights pull off the upset, they would travel to either No. 12 Shelton (10-6) or No. 5 Conard (12-3). If Southington keeps winnings, it could meet up with top-seeded Newtown (14-2) in the semifinals if the Indians are able to do their job.
The only other school to qualify for the state tournament is Berlin. After missing the playoffs last season thanks to a 6-10 record, the Redcoats added a win to their total this year to sneak into one of the final spots. At 7-9 and the No. 19 seed in the bracket, Berlin will have to play in the qualifying round tonight before it can play in the first round. The Redcoats will take on No. 14 Barlow (8-8) on the road and looks to be an even matchup on paper. If Berlin can manage to pull off the win and advance to Tuesday, then that is when the task becomes a little more difficult.
The Redcoats would play third-seeded Daniel Hand, which comes in with a 12-3 record. If the bracket falls by seed expect for the Berlin, it could face No. 2 Pomperaug (14-2) in the semifinals.
While the Blue Knights and the Redcoats will try to make a run at their classes respective titles, three area teams failed to qualify.
Newington won just three games and tallied 13 losses. It was a step back for the Indians who fell just short of making the tournament in 2016 with a 6-10 record.
The Bristol coop continues to build its program, but finished its season with a 4-12 record for the second year in a row. The program is still searching for its first playoff berth.
St. Paul also managed a 4-12 record, a step up from the 1-13 record it posted in its first year as a program.
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