Final 2022 Top 10 Girls Lacrosse Coaches Poll: New Canaan is No. 1

New Canaan celebrates its 14-13 win over Darien in the Class L girls lacrosse championship on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

New Canaan celebrates its 14-13 win over Darien in the Class L girls lacrosse championship on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

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It’s now unanimous.

New Canaan’s thrilling 14-13 victory over Darien in the CIAC Class L championship game has left no doubt: The Rams are the No. 1 team in the final Connecticut Girls Lacrosse Coaches Poll for 2022.

Darien had led the poll during the entire regular season before New Canaan edged ahead after a 10-8 win against the Wave in the FCIAC final on May 25. But the margin had been slim: The Rams took seven first-place votes to Darien’s six, and led by a single point.

All the voters were convinced on Saturday as the Rams received all 13 first-place nods.

It was an historic campaign for New Canaan, which won FCIAC and state championships in the same season for the first time.

The Rams had not won an FCIAC title since 1993 before taking back-to-back crowns the past two seasons. Their CIAC title was their seventh overall and their first since 2018.

All three state champions are ranked in top six.

Guilford, which defeated St. Joseph 12-8 in the Class M final, finished at No. 4. The Grizzlies had won their first state title last season and now have two, and they have also won three consecutive SCC championships.

New Fairfield earned their fifth straight Class S championship by steamrolling Lauralton Hall 16-1 in Saturday’s final. The Rebels, who also won the SWC crown, are ranked No. 6.

TEAM

REC

PTS

LAST

1. New Canaan (13)

21-2

130

1

2. Darien

20-2

117

2

3. Wilton

16-5

97

3

4. Guilford

21-1

93

4

5. Ridgefield

15-6

78

5

6. New Fairfield

19-3

65

6

7. Greenwich

105

37

7

8. Newtown

16-3

33

8

9. Weston

19-3

32

9

10. Staples

10-9

15

10

Dropped out: None

Others receiving votes: St. Joseph (12-9) 12; Masuk (16-5) 3; Joel Barlow (12-8) 2; Cheshire (13-7) 1.

The following coaches voted: Sean Cole, Canton; Dan Warburton, Cheshire; Meg Cersosimo, Conard; Phil Schneider, East Lyme; Kris Cofiell, Glastonbury; Tara Clough, Greenwich; Steve Coppock, Joel Barlow; Kristin Woods, New Canaan; Maura Fletcher, Newtown; Lori Connelly, North Branford; Danielle McCauley, Pomperaug; Meredith Meyran, Wilton.

Poll compiled by: Phil Schneider, East Lyme.