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Staples remains No. 1 in state coaches poll; No. 5 Granby wins NCCC title

Staples-Westport (13-0) remains the No. 1 ranked team in the state in the latest state coaches top 10 field hockey poll. The Wreckers beat then-No. 2 Wilton, 4-1 on Friday to win their 19th straight game.

Staples added their 20th consecutive win on Monday with a 9-0 shutout of Trumbull. The Wreckers have allowed just four goals this season.

Undefeated Cheshire (12-0), which has given up just one goal on the season, moved up to No. 2 with Darien (11-2-1) making a leap from No. 6 to the No. 3 spot in the poll.

Granby (10-1) dropped their first game of the season on Friday with a 2-0 loss to Longmeadow, Mass., who improves to 12-1. It was the first goals of the season allowed by the Bears, who remained at No. 5 in the poll.

The Bears did win their fifth straight North Central Connecticut Conference title on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Canton. Maddy Russell, Julia Olchowski and McKenzie Pederson scored for the Bears, who have won 25 straight NCCC contests since October 2015.

Wilton (10-2) dropped to No. 6 with their loss to No. 1 Staples while Pomperaug (10-1-2) joined the top 10 this week at No. 9.

Week 5, Monday, October 15, 2018

Team Rec. Pts LW Class
1. Staples (7) 13-0 140 1 L
2. Cheshire 12-0 118 3 L
3. Darien 11-2-1 110 6 L
4. Immaculate 13-0-0-1 90 4 S
5. Granby 10-1 72 5 S
6. Wilton 10-2 69 2 L
7. Hall High 9-0-1 63 7 L
8. Guilford 10-1-1 59 8 L
9. Pomperaug 10-1-2 38 11 M
10. Stonington 10-0-1 32 10 S
Also receiving votes: Westbrook (9-1-1) 25, Norwalk (8-3-0-1) 15, Suffield (10-1-0-1) 9
Coaches Voting: Matt Ariniello Immaculate; Janet Dickey Westbrook; Dawn Hough New Milford; Sandy Wickman Mason Granby; Kitty Palmer Guilford; Maureen Perkins Glastonbury; Kyle Seaburg Norwalk; Jenna Tucchio Stonington


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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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