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Monday, November 12, 2012

Field hockey: Guilford advances to the Class M semifinals

Since the Guilford field hockey team moved from Class L back to Class M in 2005, the Indians haven't advanced past the quarterfinals in the CIAC Class M tournament - until today.
Guilford defeated Nonnewaug 2-1 in the quarterfinals today.
The Indians, the No. 10 seed, have advanced to the semifinals following road wins over some highly-seeded teams. Guilford defeated No. 7 New Fairfield in the first round and Nonnewaug is the No. 2 seed.
Guilford will face No. 3 Farmington  in the semifinals at Cheshire High on Wednesday at a time to be announced.
Guilford was poised for a strong post-season run this season with its frontline talent, depth and experience. The Indians (11-6-3) certainly fine tuned its talent with some very tough competition in the Southern Connecticut Conferemce.
The Indians are strong front to back led by center and offensive standout Riley Smith and right wing Anna Montenegro, midfielder Natalie Bruneau, on-field defenders Sara Duggin and Katy Jankura and goalie Nicole Snow.
Before the post-season Guilford veteran coach Kitty Palmer said, "We are a very senior-laden team with experience in the front and back. We have good athletes poised to take on the challenge."
Guilford has advanced to the state finals six times with four appearances in Class L, one in M (1979) and another in 1973 before there were class distinctions and there was just an open tournament. The Indians have one state title, tying Simsbury 1-1 and being declared Class L co-champs in 1997.


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