Field hockey: CIAC releases state tournament pairings
Connecticut field hockey powerhouse Darien, which moved from Class M to Class L this season, is the No. 1 seed and competes in the upper bracket of games.
Defending Class L champion Cheshire, the No. 2 seed, is in the lower bracket.
Thanks to those seedings, the Blue Wave and Rams, coming off their 1-0 win over Hand in the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament championship, have a very good shot to meet in the Class L final on Nov. 17 in Wethersfield (time for the final is yet to be determined).
One item that is noticeable is in the Rams' bracket there is only one Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference team with No. 11 Fairfield Warde facing No. 6 Glastonbry on Friday in the first round.
Cheshire begins defense of its Class L title on Friday at home at 5 p.m. against Thursday's qualifying round Hall/Newtown winner.
In Class M, there is a definite Southern Connecticut Conference flavor with five SCC teams in the tournament. On Friday in the first round, No 16 Lyman Hall is at No. 1 Wilton at 4 p.m., No. 12 Brookfield is at No. 5 Hand at 4:30 p.m., No. 11 Pomperaug is at No. 5 Branford at 2 p.m., No. 10 Guilford is at No. 7 New Fairfield at 4:30 p.m., and No. 15 Mercy is at No. 2 Nonnewaug at 2 p.m.
Hand is in the upper bracket and Branford is in the lower bracket and both have the frontline talent to advance at least to the semifinals.
Unbeaten Wilton (16-0) is certainly the team to beat.
In Class S, there are five New Haven area teams in the upper bracket and two of those teams should meet in the semifinals. No. 1 Lauralton Hall is on a mission to get back to the Class S final where it lost last season to Granby. The Crusaders kick off their tournament competition at home Thursday at 2 p.m. against today's Old Saybrook/Killingly qualifying round winner. No. 8 North Branford will host No. 9 Westbrook today at 4 p.m. and No. 4 Haddam-Killingworth will host No. 13 Waterford today at 2 p.m.
For complete CIAC field hockey tournament schedules go to http://bit.ly/RFJRfL