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Undefeated Staples, Cheshire remain No. 1 and No. 2 in state coaches poll

Avon’s Paige Deppe, left, and Hall’s Elizabeth Pillow battle for the ball in a game earlier this season in Avon.

Undefeated Staples, which extended their winning streak to 22 consecutive games with a pair of victories in the FCIAC Tournament, is the No. 1 ranked team in the field hockey coaches top 10 poll. The Wreckers (18-0) will face No. 5 Darien (15-2-1) in the FCIAC title game on Thursday at Brien McMahon in Norwalk.

There was no change among the top 7 teams in the state with Granby, who finished the season at 15-1 and as the NCCC champion, at No. 3 and Hall-West Hartford at No. 4.

This is the final poll of the regular season. The next poll will be taken after the CIAC state tournaments that begin on Tuesday, November 5.

Championship games in the SWC, Shoreline Conference and ECC will also be played on Thursday. No. 6 Pomperaug (15-1-2) will face No. 7 Immaculate-Danbury (16-1-0-1) in the SWC title game with North Branford and Westbrook set to square off in the Shoreline Conference championship tilt. The SCC title game will be Saturday in Guilford.

The Central Connecticut Conference doesn’t host post-season tournaments for field hockey. Avon (12-3, 5-0 CCC South) can win their first-ever CCC South title in field hockey with a win over Southington (7-7-0-1) on Wednesday at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury beginning at 3:30 p.m. It is the final game of the regular season for both teams.

Hall (14-0-1, 5-0-1 CCC North) has already claimed a share of the league title. Enfield (11-1-2, 4-0-1 CCC North) can grab a share with a win over E.O. Smith in the regular season finale on Wednesday in Enfield.

The most recent state high school field hockey coaches poll with first place votes in parentheses. Compiled by Janet Dickey, Westbrook High

Week 7, October 29, 2018

Team Record Pts LW Class
1. Staples (7) 18-0 140 1 L
2. Cheshire 17-0 124 2 L
3. Granby 15-1 104 3 S
4. Hall 14-0-1 89 4 L
5. Darien 15-2-1 81 5 L
6. Pomperaug 15-1-2 66 6 M
7. Immaculate 16-1-0-1 45 7 S
8. Stonington 14-1-1 41 10 S
9. Suffield 14-1-0-1 39 9 M
10. Wilton 13-4 28 8 L
Others receiving votes: Guilford (14-2-1) 27, Enfield (11-1-2) 17, Westbrook (14-1-2); Newtown (14-3) 7, South Windsor (10-3-1-1) 7, Avon (12-2) 6, Norwalk (12-5-0-1) 6
Coaches voting: Matt Ariniello, Immaculate; Janet Dickey, Westbrook; Sandy Wickman-Mason, Granby;  Kitty Palmer, Guilford; Maureen Perkins, Glastonbury; Kyle Seaburg, Norwalk; Jenna Tucchio, Stonington

Note: The next poll will be after the season is complete

Updated November 1

FCIAC Tournament

Greenwich 1, New Canaan 0
Staples 6, Fairfield Warde 0
Darien 2, Ridgefield 0
Norwalk 4, Wilton 1

Semifinals, Monday, Oct. 29
Staples 3, Norwalk 1
Darien 3, Greenwich 2

Final, Thursday, Nov. 1
At Brien McMahon-Norwalk
Final: Darien 2, Staples 1

ECC Tournament
Semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Stonington vs. Fitch/Ledyard
East Lyme vs. Waterford

Final, Thursday, Nov. 1
Two semifinal winners

Shoreline Conference Tournament
Semifinals, Monday, Oct. 29
North Branford 2, Valley Regional 1, 3 OT
Westbrook 2, Old Saybrook 1, OT

Final, Thursday, Nov. 1
At Indian River Complex, Clinton
North Branford 2, Westbrook 0

SCC Tournament

Cheshire 6, Laurelton Hall
Branford 3, Amity 2
Guilford 4, Sacred Heart Academy 0
Hand 3, Hamden 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Guilford 2, Hand 0
Cheshire 5, Branford 0

Final, Saturday, Nov. 3
At Guilford
Two semifinal winners, 3 p.m.

SWC Tournament

Newtown 5, Bethel 2
Immaculate 4, Weston 0
Pomperaug 2, Watertown 1
New Milford 1, New Fairfield 0

Semifinals, Monday, Oct. 29
Immaculate 2, Newtown 1
Pomperaug 3, New Milford 0

Final, Thursday, Nov. 1
At Brookfield
Pomperaug 1, Immaculate 0

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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