East Lyme boys' lax wins its something-or-rather straight ECC Large title

Howdy,

No, this isn't a posting about sweet, bewitching football. It's about boys' lacrosse. We're branching out here.

Gary Wight isn’t sure how many Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division championships his East Lyme High School boys’ lacrosse team has won.

Perhaps Wight isn’t counting. Perhaps all of the championships have blurred together while coaching the ECC’s premiere boys' lacrosse program. The Vikings have won 10 of the last 11 conference tournament championships and are the only program to win a CIAC state title (2004, Division II).

East Lyme beat Woodstock Academy on Tuesday, 10-1, to clinch its something-or-rather straight ECC Large Division title. The Vikings (11-3) repeated despite heavy graduation losses, including all of its attackers.

“We’ve been gradually getting better,” Wight said. “We’ve been lucky to have players step into (their new roles). We’ve prepared with a good schedule.”

Wight credited his team’s senior leadership. The senior co-captains are Jacob Gordon (defense), Nic Page (attacker) and goalie Greg Swenson, the latter who is a two-time All-ECC pick.

“The seniors are a pretty good group of kids, and we have a strong junior class,” Wight said. “Page, Gordon and Swenson are good leaders. … We’re balanced. We haven’t been scoring tremendously a lot, but we’re very balanced. One game it might be Griffin Woods, who had four goals (Tuesday). Then Page might score four in another. Then the next game it’s all by committee.

“I’m happy with the direction that we’re going.”

East Lyme closes its season out with home games against Fitch (Thursday) and Guilford (Saturday) and gets to defend its league championship next week.

The Vikings are currently third in the Class M rankings behind unbeaten Darien (ranked fifth nationally in laxpower.com’s computer ratings) and fellow Fairfield County power New Canaan (13-3).

Vaya con dios.

Reader Comments

MORE BLOGS

Darien ever-evolving, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton scored SEVENTY ONE POINTS, Killingly, New London, etc. We're giving YOU oh, so much this week

Howdy, Darien head coach Rob Trifone wasn’t too concerned about all the new starters this season. Most of them played a lot of snaps during varsity games because the Blue Wave thrashed every...

Whalers have become believers under Roman

The New London football team is slowly beginning to believe in what first-year head coach Juan Roman has been preaching to them, and the wins have followed.

West Haven giving foes the Dickens, and all the usual Tuesday fun. Sorry about that pun

Howdy, Are you a Division I football coach in the market for a nose guard to add to your 2017 recruiting class? If so, then West Haven head coach Rich Boshea has just the man for you to meet. Matter of fact, Boshea wishes you’d...

Both coaches claim underdog status in New London-Killingly matchup

Howdy, New London head coach Juan Roman made it a point of emphasis discussing this Friday’s home game against Killingly. “Right now, we’re the underdogs,” Roman said. “They were the team in the...

WARRIORCATS Warriorcats-up, games of note, notables, polls, and other things

Howdy, Tim King was worried well over a week before his Valley Regional/Old Lyme Warriors playing Ellington last Friday, but that’s what coaches do. Coaches have an innate ability to...

There's a 'D' in 'Montville'

The Montville Indians returned the majority of their defense and will rely on them while their inexperienced offense gets up to speed.