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Thursday, April 19 Sports

Column: Games to circle your Rams calendar

At one point or another, we've all heard a player or coach spew the same post-game nonsense.

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"It was just another game today."

While approaching each stop on the schedule like it possesses the same significance as any other is a conducive strategy, it's rooted in hogwash. Rivalry games, nail-biters and historic contests all do their best to remove the regular in regular season. To treat each game as identical would be to miss out on the importance of having a rival, playing well under pressure and appreciating one's success relative to teams of the past.

The fact of the matter is some games are better than others. That's sports, and that's where this handy guide comes in.

While I can't forecast which events will come down to the wire or be etched in history books, there are a few New Canaan games on the schedule that already stand out from all the rest.

New Canaan baseball vs. Trumbull, May 21 at 4 p.m.

The Rams' home finale comes against the FCIAC runner-up from a year ago, Trumbull. Following their dismissal of New Canaan in the conference tournament, the Eagles advanced all the way to the 2013 Class LL semifinals in the same manner that the Rams claimed the Class L crown-- pitching. By this point in the season, both teams should be playing their very best, as the margin of error will be at its smallest. One run here could make all the difference with potential conference seeding on the line.

New Canaan boys lacrosse at Greenwich, May 1 at 5 p.m.

Both New Canaan lacrosse teams face schedules littered with potential barn burners, but this rematch of last year's FCIAC championship will inevitably prove to be a classic. The Rams will be in the midst of wrapping up a nine-game stretch that includes six road tests, before they end their year with nonconference powerhouses Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and Fairfield Prep. The Cardinals came within a few scores of their third FCIAC title in seven years and will presumably be seeking revenge at home. At the midpoint of the season, they may catch New Canaan at the right time or fall just short once again.

New Canaan softball vs. Darien, May 14 at 4 p.m.

Pitching sensations Ali Reilly and Erika Osherow figure to go toe-to-toe in a rematch of last year's 3-0 duel between these two rivals. The graduated Cyndey Ventura staved off Darien for the majority of the contest, and now she and her sister Jordan have left Reilly as the lone remaining All-FCIAC honoree on this year's Rams team. However, this season New Canaan will be at home against the Blue Wave in a late-season contest that is sure to fill the bleachers.