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Friday, November 5, 2010

Field hockey state tournament pairings released

The field hockey pairings for the CIAC Class L, M and S tournaments were released today with several local teams - especially in M and S - having a good shot to make a run at a title.

No. 1 seed Granby (16-0) is the one to beat in Class S. But No. 2 North Branford (15-1) and No. 6 Haddam-Killingworth (11-3-1-1) have their strengths. At least one could reach the final since both potentially could meet in the semifinals.

In Class M, No. 2 Darien (15-0) has been on a roll with three titles the last three seasons and is the one to beat. But the Southern Connecticut Conference is expected to make an impact with the depth and talent on No. 3 Branford (13-1-0-2), No. 6 Guilford (12-3-0-1) and No. 8 Hand (11-4-1). The Hornets and Indians would meet in the quarterfinals if they earn first round wins and the winner would likely face Darien in the semifinals. If Hand gets by No. 9 Farmington (11-4-1) in the first round the Tigers would face No. 1 seed Nonnewaug (16-0) in the quarterfinals.

In Class L, No. 1 Glastonbury (15-0-0-1), No. 2 Pomperaug (13-1-1-1) and No. 3 Simsbury (13-2) are the favorites. No. 7 Cheshire (10-4-1-1) likely has the best chance of any local team to advance but the Rams have a rough road ahead. If the Rams win their first round game they will likely face Pomperaug in the quarterfinals and if the Rams win that game would likely have to face Simsbury in the semifinals. Both games would be on the road.

No. 8 Mercy (9-4-1-1) and No. 9 Hamden (9-5-0-2) are other local teams in L and one of them is guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals. Hamden is at Mercy for a first round game on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The winner is expected to get Glastonbury in the quarterfinals. Ouch!


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