Final 2022 GameTimeCT Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Poll: Staples is No. 1

The Class L champion Wreckers ride their stunning Class L championship rout of Darien to their first top billing

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Staples' boys lacrosse team hoists their Class L championship trophy for the first time after defeating Darien 12-3 Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Sacred Heart University's Campus Field.

Staples' boys lacrosse team hoists their Class L championship trophy for the first time after defeating Darien 12-3 Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Sacred Heart University's Campus Field.

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Staples was knocking on the door of its first boys lacrosse postseason championship for two years.

The Wreckers reached their first FCIAC final last year and lost. They lost to the eventual champion in last year's Class L tournament. They got knocked out in the FCIAC semis this year. 

To stretch the door analogy to its limits, on Sunday, Staples grabbed the doorknob and didn't let go until it got inside the circle of champions. 

The Class L champions were a unanimous No. 1 in the season-ending GameTimeCT Boys Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, usurping the position Darien had held since a regular-season win over the Wreckers on April 28. Staples turned the tables Sunday with a 12-3 victory. 

The Wreckers finished 14-6 in 2019, coach Will Koshansky's first season, and reached the Class L semifinals before falling to eventual champion Darien. 

"My first year, 2019, we had a strong season," Koshansky said Sunday. "We ended that season, and we said that everything that comes in the future was going to be built on the culture shift those guys started, and today is when that came to fruition." 

Staples had reached three previous CIAC finals: the old Division II final in 1999, falling to South Windsor late; and the 2013 and 2014 Class L finals, losing to Fairfield Prep and Greenwich. It went out in the first round last year to Ridgefield in a first-round game that, with the bracket unbalanced, certainly looked like an early semifinal. 

But they avenged that game in this year's (actual) semifinal and avenged all those Darien losses in the final. 

"Those last three years, those classes, the Class of '20, that didn't even get a spring season (amid the pandemic)," Koshansky said, "those guys changed the work ethic in the offseason. Last year, we knocked on the door, but we didn't get it done, but this year we were able to finish it off. I'm just really, really proud of all the guys who have played the last four years, who have put in the work that led to this moment."

Staples' only loss in its last 13 games since that April 28 defeat at Darien was to Wilton, 7-6, in the FCIAC semifinals. The Class M champions came in third in the poll, behind Darien, whose only other losses were on the road to New Canaan and Brunswick. 

The Warriors were disappointed to land in Class M by enrollment and not have a chance to battle with their usual rivals for a title; they reached the Class L final in 2019 and the semifinals last year. They got past a test in this year's quarters, beating Hand in overtime. 

"I think at the beginning of the season, we were struggling in the beginning of games. Even against Hand, same thing," Wilton coach Steve Pearsall said Sunday. "It kind of came back and haunted us.

"We mixed up our warmup, shortened our warmup to try to find what was going on and change it, but we came out in the last two games pretty fast. We seemed to play better offensively when we were playing fast, you know? And regardless of the score -- they seemed a little careless at times; it does result in more turnovers than you'd like, but -- it just seems our offense plays better when we're playing fast."

Ridgefield finished fourth in the poll after that overtime semifinal loss to the champions. Fairfield Prep, the other Class L semifinalist, was fifth. Two Class L quarterfinalists from the FCIAC, Greenwich and New Canaan, held on at sixth and seventh. 

Cheshire, which lost to Wilton in the Class M semifinals, was eighth, ahead of Hand. Class S champion Weston eked its way past Fairfield Ludlowe into 10th. 

Class M finalist Notre Dame-West Haven got its first votes since the preseason, and Class S finalist Northwest Catholic got its only vote of the season. 

GameTimeCT Top 10 Boys Lacrosse Poll (Final 2022)


1. STAPLES (15)

Latest Results: def. NFA 22-1, Class L first round; def. Fairfield Ludlowe 14-4, Class L quarterfinals; def. Ridgefield, 9-8 (OT), Class L semifinals; def. Darien 12-3, Class L final.
The Bottom Line: An all-but-flawless performance on Sunday brought home the Wreckers' first postseason title.


Latest Results: def. Westhill 22-1, Class L first round; def. Greenwich 16-4, Class L quarterfinals; def. Fairfield Prep 16-9, Class L semifinals; lost to Staples 12-3, Class L final.
The Bottom Line: In 2011, when star attackman Case Matheis was hurt, the Blue Wave lost 11-3 to Wilton in the Class M semifinals. That was Darien's largest margin of defeat in a CIAC tournament game until Sunday.


Latest Results: def. Pomperaug 17-2, Class M first round; def. Hand 10-9 (OT), Class M quarterfinals; def. Cheshire 14-6, Class M semifinals; def. Notre Dame-West Haven 22-6, Class M final.
The Bottom Line: Whether they (or you) think they should have been in Class M or Class L (or Division I), that flag flies forever.


Latest Results: def. Southington 22-3, Class L first round; def. New Canaan 8-7, Class L quarterfinals; lost to Staples 9-8 (OT), Class L semifinals.
The Bottom Line: In the past four Class L tournaments, Ridgefield has either won the thing or lost close to Staples. (Ridgefield beat the Wreckers in the first round last year on the way to the title.)


Latest Results: def. Branford/East Haven 21-5, Class L first round; def. New Milford 22-5, Class L quarterfinals; lost to Darien 16-9, Class L semifinals.
This Week: Class L first round, Wednesday vs. Southington, 5:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Several players lingered quite awhile at the center of the Jesuits' home field after their semifinal loss. After an emotional season, can't blame them.


Latest Results: def. Amity 15-2, Class L first round; lost to Darien 16-4, Class L quarterfinals.
The Bottom Line: Tough time to lose one of your most-important players, with Quinn Warwick suffering a broken thumb. We saw in the final what a faceoff guy can mean.


Latest Results: def. Glastonbury 14-4, Class L first round; lost to Ridgefield 8-7, Class L quarterfinals.
The Bottom Line: If nothing else, these Rams were the first CIAC team to beat Darien in the regular season since 2015.


Latest Results: def. Xavier 15-3, Class M first round; def. Barlow 13-6, Class M quarterfinals; lost to Wilton 14-6, Class M semifinals.
The Bottom Line: These Rams made the SCC final and the de facto Class M final, and Fairfield Prep and Wilton were the only two state teams to whom they lost; maybe slim consolation.


Latest Results: def. St. Joseph 15-9, Class M first round; lost to Wilton 10-9 (OT), Class M quarterfinals.
The Bottom Line: Speaking of slim consolation, Hand gave the Class M champs quite a run in the quarters. Tough first-Saturday draw at the end of a fine season.


Latest Results: def. Granby 20-1, Class S first round; def. Sheehan 10-9, Class S quarterfinals; def. Haddam-Killingworth 16-4, Class S semifinals; def. Northwest Catholic 16-3, Class S final.
The Bottom Line: The Class S champs sneak back into the Top 10 at the end. The Trojans' only other SWC title was in 2012, so this is the first time they've won both tournaments in the same season.