|Prep's Connor Henry|
Who Are You East Haven?
While I don't think East Haven can contend for a D1 crown or make a deep run for that matter, I don't believe they are the caliber of team that should ever, in any way, shape or form lose to Wilton. I wasn't there, I didn't see it, but I have seen Wilton. According to all on site reports the question of heart was raised. Were the Yellow Jackets mailing it in? Did they not particularly exert all effort? Did they blatantly overlook Wilton? According to those in attendance and even some players, yes. Boy was that not the case last night. The Yellow Jackets had a much more difficult task in D2 power and SCC foe Amity. They rose to the occasion, led in large part by captain Matt Longobardi who notched a hat trick on the night, and beat the Spartans 5-4 in overtime. The win broke a two game losing streak with both losses coming to sub D1 teams. Where the Yellow Jackets go from here is anyone's guess. My knocks on them this year have obviously been their schedule which is proving to be more difficult than anyone could've guessed and their star power being overused. The aforementioned Longobardi, Mike Falanga and Tristan Goodwin account for the bulk of the Easties production and their constant leaps over the boards not only has the potential to tire them out but allow for opposing coaching to key them in terms of match ups. When those three are on, the Yellow Jackets are very good. If any of them has an off night, the team tends to go in that direction as well. Come tournament time, (East Haven needs one win or a tie to clinch) they better hope those studs are studly.
Lancering the Bell
|ND Fairfield's La Croix battling.|
D2 The Mighty Division
The D1 race may be settled in some people's minds but the D2 race is alive and well due to some newcomers to the D2 ranks. The first tier of D2 teams is broken down as teams who've clinched a playoff birth. This list consists of SCC powerhouses Amity and North Branford, God-fearing Northwest and East Catholics, the big, bad, durable Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury and finally Watertown-Pomperaug. The next group features a group of SCC schools that can beat anyone at the D2 ranks on any given night. Daniel Hand, Guilford, Milford Co-op and recently emerging Branford are as dangerous as they get and no one will want to draw them in the tourney. Question marks linger around teams like New Milford, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe and Fermi-Enfield, who've shown glimmers of brilliance and plenty of examples of doubt.