The month of May is winding down, which means itâ€™s almost playoff time in the local area.
The opening state tournament matchups were announced for boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and girls tennis on Thursday, and plenty of local teams will be playing for their seasons this weekend.
The boys lacrosse play-in games begin on Saturday, and two local teams will be fighting for a spot in the first round in Class L.
Newington will host No. 21 Conard (7-8) on Saturday at a time still to be announced. The Indians have a 10-6 record this season, earning them the 12th seed in the tournament. They havenâ€™t played Conard this season, but will look to earn a win and advance to face No. 5 Darien.
Southington finds itself in a similar position at the 11th seed, hosting No. 22 Stamford (7-9) Saturday at 4 p.m. The Blue Knights didnâ€™t face Stamford this season, but if they win, they would secure a match with No. 6 New Canaan in the first round.
The Southington girls lacrosse team has a play-in game of its own on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., when the Blue Knights (8-8) travel to face No. 15 Amity (9-7) for the rights to take on No. 2 Darien in the first round. Southington met Amity at home last month and lost 13-9.
In Class S, the Berlin girls lacrosse team will have to pull off an upset of its own on Friday at 3 p.m., when the No. 21 Redcoats travel to No. 12 Old Lyme (10-6). Berlin enters the qualifying round with a 7-9 record and a chance to face No. 5 North Branford in the first round. The Redcoats havenâ€™t faced Old Lyme yet this season.
There will be plenty of local action on the tennis court for local teams in the coming days, particularly in Class L. New Britain will kick off the action with an upset in mind, as the No. 20 Hurricanes meet No. 13 Hall on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Hurricanes traveled to Hall just two weeks ago and lost by a score of 5-2.
Southington earned the seventh seed in the Class L tournament, and will host No. 10 Wethersfield on Saturday at 11 a.m. The 15-3 Blue Knights havenâ€™t faced the Eagles yet this season, but enter the tournament having won six matches in a row.
Newington also has a first round match on Saturday, as the Indians will face No. 9 Cheshire at 10:30 a.m. Newington boasts the No. 8 seed and will have home court against the Rams, who they have yet to face this season.
Ryan Chichester can be reached at (860) 801-5094 or firstname.lastname@example.org