BRISTOL - With its baseball, softball and boys lacrosse teams all in the quarterfinals, the St. Paul athletics program is set for a big day this afternoon.
All three teams will be playing at home.
Also team in action today is Bristol Eastern baseball, on the road.
No. 6 Notre Dame-Fairfield at No. 3 St. Paul, 2 p.m.: The Falcons have outscored their opponents 23-0 in the first two rounds of the Class S tournament, a 14-0 win against No. 30 Housatonic and a 9-0 win against No. 19 St. Bernard.
St. Paul has gotten strong performances out of pitchers Ethan Rembish, Dylan Gagnon, Julian Thayer, Scott Winters and Joe Persechino.
The Lancers beat No. 27 Gilbert in the first round 6-0. In the second round Notre Dame-Fairfield faced off against No. 11 Old Lyme. The Spartans won 11-6 in that contest.
“Once you get to the quarterfinals there’s no easy matchups,” St. Paul coach Vic Rinaldi said. “We’re expecting a battle.”
No. 20 Bristol Eastern at No. 12 Branford, 2 p.m.: The Lancers have been the underdog in both games in the Class L tournament and won matchups against No. 13 Fitch in the first round (12-6) and No. 4 Waterford in the second round (4-3).
With the pair of upsets, Bristol Eastern is the lowest seed remaining in the tournament.
Branford beat No. 21 Masuk in the first round (2-0) and No. 5 Cheney Tech (11-6) in the second round to get to the quarterfinals.
If the Lancers win, they will move to the semifinals and take on the winner of top-seeded Windsor and No. 9 Watertown.
No. 7 Holy Cross at No. 2 St. Paul, 4:30 p.m.: The regular season matchup between the two on April 30 was a one-run game between the two NVL foes.
One-run games have been good to the Falcons this season, as St. Paul was 6-1 in them during the regular season and both Class S tournament games the Falcons have won by just a run.
The Falcons will hope their offensive performance from Wednesday’s game against Somers (7-6) continues and starting pitcher Abby Poirot keeps delivering big performances.
This postseason, the Crusaders have scored 26 runs in their two games and will provide St. Paul with a test.
No. 9 St. Joseph at No. 1 St. Paul, 4:30 p.m.: The Falcons continued their remarkable season with another feat checked off for the program, winning their first postseason game.
It came against No. 17 Tolland in a 17-6 victory.
With the top seed in Class S, St. Paul will host No. 9 St. Joseph.
The Cadets beat No. 8 Old Lyme 12-2 to get to the quarterfinals.
For the Falcons, their offensive production continuing to excel is crucial, as the three headed attack consisting of Brycen Kennedy, Tucker Raymond and Kevin Ashworth has been dominant all year long and is the key to a state title run.
In net freshman Connor Matthews will also be key, especially if St. Paul is in a close game against St. Joseph.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or