When Ashley Rich announced three years ago that she was going to continue her field hockey career at the University of Connecticut, the then-Westhill senior’s decision drew a cynical response.
WETHERSFIELD — Christine Taylor knew her thumb was broken the moment the ball hit her hand.
The Staples’ senior captain took a rocket off the stick of teammate Ellie Fair midway through the second half of a scoreless tie in today’s CIAC Class L final against Darien. Despite the injury, there was nothing that would have forced her off the field. Ten minutes later Taylor hit a laser of her own that was deflected into the back of the Darien cage by senior forward Abby Najarian for the only score of the game, as the No. 7 Wreckers defeated No. 5 Darien, 1-0, at Cottone Field.
WETHERSFIELD — New Canaan’s attempt at a third consecutive state field hockey title fell just one goal short, as the Hand Tigers edged the Rams, 2-1, in the Class M final this afternoon at Cottone Field.
It has been a banner fall for FCIAC female teams. The league should have a strong showing during Saturday’s State Open swim meet, while eight teams will be competing for titles in three sports.
NORWALK — “No Co” has been the motto for Staples’ field hockey team this fall.
As in no co-championship, the position the Wreckers found themselves in following last year’s scoreless tie with Darien in the state final.x
NORWALK — Wilton co-coach Toniann Cortina sensed her field hockey team might be in for some trouble right from the opening whistle in tonight’s FCIAC championship against Darien.
WESTPORT — The Staples field hockey team came into the penultimate game of the regular season in need of a signature win that could provide an intangible factor heading in to what could be among the most contested conference tournaments in league history.
RIDGEFIELD — Darien has been the premier sports program in the FCIAC and perhaps the state for the last several years. In many respects, with the facilities, support system and now even an in-house program to stream games, it might seem closer to a Division III college than a high school athletic department.
GREENWICH — In a game between the teams that entered the day with the best conference records, in part because of strong defenses, Darien’s Kendall Wisinski’s eyes lit up as a scoring chance was presented.
Last week, after a conflict caused me to miss covering the Staples-Trumbull girls soccer game, I made arrangements to do a feature on the Wreckers, who at the time had won all four of their games by shutout.