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FCIAC racked up 10 state championships in the fall

The perennially-powerful Darien and New Canaan football teams both won state championships on Dec. 12 to put a fitting final note on what was a very impressive showing by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference in state tournaments and state championship meets in all eight fall sports.

The FCIAC collected 10 total state championships and had a combined .604 winning percentage with a 61-40 record from the five sports that have the format of teams having to win games and advance in their respective tournaments.

In addition to the Darien and New Canaan football teams, the Wilton and New Canaan field hockey teams, the Greenwich and Darien girls swimming and diving teams, the St. Joseph girls soccer team, the Fairfield Ludlowe girls volleyball team and the Staples boys cross country team also won state championships.

Head coach Rob Trifone and the Darien Blue Wave celebrate with the CIAC Class LL championship plaque Dec. 12 in New Britain. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo

Head coach Rob Trifone and the Darien Blue Wave celebrate with the CIAC Class LL championship plaque Dec. 12 in New Britain. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo

Darien, seeded second in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL Football Tournament, routed top-seeded Shelton, 39-7, in the championship game to complete a dominant run in which the Blue Wave outscored their three opponents by a combined score of 129-21.

New Canaan was seeded sixth out of the eight teams in the Class L football tourney and the Rams defeated top-seeded North Haven, 42-35, in their championship game.

The FCIAC had a combined 7-3 record in all four state class football tournaments as Trinity Catholic went 1-1 in its Class S tourney, St. Joseph lost in the Class M first round, and Staples was eliminated in the Class LL first round by Darien, 41-7.

Meredith Heaney hugs goalie Emily Conley. Conley after New Canaan won the Class M championship in Wethersfield. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Meredith Heaney hugs goalie Emily Conley. Conley after New Canaan won the Class M championship in Wethersfield. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Sixth-seeded Wilton defeated fifth-seeded Cheshire, 1-0 in overtime, to win the CIAC Class L Field Hockey Tournament. The Warriors went 4-0 in the tourney, including a 3-2 overtime victory over third-seeded Darien, in the quarterfinals. The FCIAC was a combined 8-6 from its seven teams in the Class L tournament and 12-6 overall in field hockey as seventh-seeded New Canaan won the Class M crown with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Joel Barlow. The potent Rams outscored their four foes by a combined score of 12-1.

The FCIAC had combined records of 16-10 in both sports of girls soccer and girls volleyball.

Fairfield Ludlowe may have been seeded ninth overall and was the fourth highest of the nine conference teams in the CIAC Class LL Girls Volleyball Tournament but the Falcons got on a hot roll and shut out 10th-seeded Greenwich, 3-0 by the scores of 26-24, 25-23, 25-16, in the championship match. The Falcons grabbed momentum and confidence when they overcame a 2-1 deficit and rallied back for a 3-2 victory (25-15, 24-26, 19-25, 25-23, 15-9) over top-seeded Darien in the quarterfinals.

Top-seeded St. Joseph defeated second-seeded Suffield, 2-0, in the CIAC Class L Girls Soccer Tournament championship. The Cadets were 4-0 in that tourney and the FCIAC had a combined 12-10 record from its 10 teams in the Class LL girls soccer tournament in which sixth-seeded Ridgefield advanced to the final and lost to top-seeded Glastonbury, 5-3.

Glastonbury swept both Class LL soccer tournaments as the top seed. The Glastonbury boys won their Class LL title with a 4-0 victory over 11th-seeded Darien, which went 4-1 in the tournament. The FCIAC had 11 teams, Danbury was the highest-seeded conference team at No. 10, and the conference still managed a respectable 10-11 combined record.

The FCIAC combined to win four state championships from the three sports that are not formatted for head-to-head team competition but instead involve races in championship meets – boys cross country, girls cross country and girls swimming and diving. Greenwich won the Class LL and State Open Championships while Darien won the Class L in girls swimming and diving, and the Staples boys cross country team won the State Open.

The Ludlowe Falcons celebrated both an FCIAC and a CIAC Class LL championship during the fall. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

The Ludlowe Falcons celebrated both an FCIAC and a CIAC Class LL championship during the fall. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

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