Persistence certainly pays off.
For years Southern Connecticut Conference commissioner Al Carbone
and some SCC athletic directors, including SCC field hockey chairman Todd Petronio
of North Haven, have been pushing for an SCC field hockey postseason tournament.
The SCC coaches, athletic directors and the league’s Board of Governors have finally all got on the same page to approve the first SCC field hockey tournament in the 17 years the SCC has been around.
“I think this is great,” Carbone said. “It aligns the SCC with the other strong field hockey leagues (FCIAC, SWC, CCC) that also have postseason tournaments.
“As a result, hopefully this tournament will gives our teams a little burst in order to regian some of the prominence we’ve seen our teams have in the past in the state tournament. The SCC hasn’t won a state title in field hockey since 2005 (Branford, Class M).”
The sport becomes the 24th SCC sport to host a postseason tournament with football and Division I ice hockey the only sports that don’t have an SCC tournament (there is a D-II SCC tournament).
“I was a little surprised the coaches went with an eight-team field for the tournament,” Carbone said. “But we’re all set with the scheduling with the last week of the regular season blocked off.”
There are 11 field hockey teams in the SCC and top eight teams will advance to the tournament. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Nov. 2, semifinals on Nov. 4 and the championship game on Nov. 6. Hand, coached by Sue Leckey
, is the defending SCC regular-season champ and has won or shared the title three of the last four years. Branford, coached by Cathy McGuirk
, has won the most regular season titles with nine with the last coming in 2008.
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