The Darien boys lacrosse team rides into the postseason with a 70-game winning steak and a undefeated record, and will begin its defense of the FCIAC championship when it hosts the Ludlowe Falcons in the league quarterfinals at 4 p.m., Monday.
Darien (16-0 overall, 11-0 FCIAC) earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament, just ahead of No. 2 New Canaan and No. 3 Ridgefield, a pair of 10-1 league teams.
The other FCIAC quarterfinal contests will have No. 7 St. Joseph at No. 2 New Canaan; No. 6 Greenwich at No. 3 Ridgefield; and No. 5 Staples at No. 4 Wilton.
With a victory over Ludlowe, the Blue Wave would then take on the Wilton-Staples winner in the FCIAC semifinals Wednesday at Brien McMahon High School.
Darien and Ludlowe (9-6 overall, 6-5 FCIAC) squared off once during the regular season, way back on April 10, with the Wave claiming a 17-2 decision.
In that game, Logan McGovern racked up eight points on six goals and two assists; Brien Minicus has six assists; and Blake Sommi had a hat trick and one assist.
The eight FCIAC playoff teams were determined using a power point system. Teams were awarded 100 points for each official league victory, and 10 bonus points for every league win that opponent has.
While the power point system was used to determine qualifiers, it was not used to determine final seedings.
After the qualifiers are determined, the coaches of the qualifying teams ranked the teams 1-7 — coaches cannot rank their own teams — and those votes were used to determine seeding.