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Undefeated Newtown is No. 1 in final regular season top 10 poll

The Newtown High field hockey team completed the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the state top 10 coaches. The Nighthawks were one of just two teams in the state to run the table this fall. No. 2 Guilford also went 16-0.

But Newtown’s perfect season was dashed in the semifinals of the Southwest Conference tournament on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to New Milford in double overtime on Erinn O’Hara’s goal. New Milford will face No. 7 Immaculate (17-1) in the SWC Tournament final on Thursday night while Newtown (18-1) will regroup in next week’s CIAC Class L tournament.

No. 2 Guilford (18-0) remains undefeated with a pair of victories in the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament. Guilford will face Amity in the final on Thursday night on their home field beginning at 6:30 p.m.

No. 2 Darien (17-1) and No. 4 Staples (17-1) will square off the FCIAC Tournament title game on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Brien McMahon High in Norwalk. Darien beat No. 8 New Canaan in the semifinals, 3-2 while Staples eliminate No. 11 Ridgefield in the other semifinal game, 3-1.

No. 5 North Branford (16-0-1) will play for the Shoreline Conference tournament title on Thursday when they square off with No. 12 Westbrook (13-1-3) at 5:30 p.m. in Clinton.

No. 6 Granby (15-0-1) won their sixth straight North Central Connecticut Conference championship this year, going 8-0 in the league. The NCCC, the Central Connecticut Conference and Berkshire League don’t have postseason tournaments in field hockey.

The respective CIAC state tournaments begin Monday, Nov. 11. The three championship finals will be Saturday, November 23 at Wethersfield High. The final top 10 poll of the season will be conducted after the finals.


Week 7, Monday, November 4, 2019

Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Newtown (5) 16-0 144 1 L
t2. Guilford (1) 16-0 134 2 M
t2. Darien (1) 15-1 134 3 L
4. Staples (1) 15-1 128 4 L
5. North Branford 15-0-1 80 5 S
6. Granby 15-0-1 68 7 S
7. Immaculate 15-1 67 8 S
8. New Canaan 14-2 60 9 L
9. Norwalk 13-3 38 6 L
10. Hall 15-1 34 10 L
Also receiving votes: Ridgefield (13-1-0-2) 32, Westbrook (12-1-3) 13, Wethersfield (15-1) 12, Wilton (11-4-0-1) 10, Stonington (11-2-2) 6
Coaches Voting: Matt Ariniello Immaculate, Janet Dickey Westbrook, Dawn Hough New Milford, Sandy Wickman Mason Granby, Kitty Palmer Guilford, Maureen Perkins Glastonbury, Jenna Tucchio Stonington, Kyle Seaburg Norwalk

League tournaments

Southwest Conference Tournament
Quarterfinals
Masuk 3, Pomperaug 2, OT
Immaculate 6, Bethel 0
New Milford 3, New Fairfield 0
Newtown 6, Joel Barlow 0
Semifinals
Immaculate 3, Masuk 0
New Milford 2, Newtown 1, 2 OT
Championship
Thursday, November 7
Immaculate vs. New Milford at Brookfield, 7 p.m.

Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament
Quarterfinals
Guilford 7, Hamden 1
Amity 2, Sacred Heart Academy 0
Branford 3, Mercy 0
Hand 3, Cheshire 2 (6-4 penalty strokes)
Semifinals
Guilford 2, Hand 1
Amity 3, Branford 1
Championship
Thursday, November 7
Amity at Guilford, 6:30 p.m.

FCIAC Tournament
Quarterfinals
Darien 4, Fairfield Warde 0
Ridgefield 1, Wilton 0
New Canaan 7, Norwalk 2
Staples 2, Greenwich 0
Semifinals
Darien 3, New Canaan 2
Staples 3, Ridgefield 1
Championship
Thursday, November 7
Darien vs. Staples at Brien McMahon, 7 p.m.

Eastern Connecticut Conference Tournament
Semifinals
East Lyme 5, Killingly/Woodstock 1
Stonington 3, Fitch 1
Championship
Thursday, Nov. 7
East Lyme at Stonington, 5:30 p.m.

Shoreline Conference
Semifinals
Westbrook 1, Old Saybrook 0
North Branford 3, Valley Regional 1
Championship
Thursday, Nov. 7
North Branford vs. Westbrook at Indian River Complex, Clinton, 5 p.m.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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