FCIAC teams racked up 14 state championships in the fall

The significant success achieved by four teams from the FCIAC in the recent state football playoffs put the finishing touches on the fall sports season in which the conference had plenty of deep runs and collected 14 state championships from the eight fall sports combined.

The FCIAC had a combined 69-42-2 record for a .626 winning percentage in in the five sports formatted toward teams playing games or matches against each other.

And then there were the sports of girls swimming and diving, boys cross country and girls cross country in which the formats were championship meets and there were seven team titles won in state championship meets.

After the Staples boys and Ridgefield girls teams won FCIAC cross country championships, both of those programs won state Class LL and State Open championships. The Staples boys went on to win the New England championship for good measure, a Grand Slam season of sorts.

Greenwich won state Class LL and State Open championships while Darien won a state Class L title in girls swimming and diving.

The FCIAC was quite impressive in the three largest football playoffs as four teams advanced to championship games. Darien defended its championship in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL State Football Playoffs and New Canaan did likewise in the Class L playoffs on Dec. 10.

Those two perennial powers both had 3-0 records to lead the way as five FCIAC teams qualified for the state football playoffs in their respective classes had a combined 10-3 record.

In addition to Darien and New Canaan defending their state football titles, Ridgefield and St. Joseph had 2-1 records and Greenwich was eliminated in the first round by Darien. The FCIAC had a .769 winning percentage in the football playoffs with that 10-3 overall record.

Darien defeated Ridgefield, 28-7, in the Class LL championship game. New Canaan won a fourth consecutive state championship with a 35-20 victory over Windsor in the Class L final. St. Joseph was beaten by Hillhouse, 42-21, in the Class M final.

The FCIAC was also very impressive in field hockey. Third-seeded Staples and fourth-seeded Darien advanced to the championship game of the CIAC Class LL Field Hockey Tournament and emerged as co-champions when they played to a scoreless tie after regulation and two overtime sessions. Staples outscored its previous foes 11-2 and Darien outscored its opposition 9-0 en route to the final.

New Canaan’s field hockey team won the state Class M championship and went 4-0 in the tournament so the FCIAC had a 13-7-2 overall combined record from the 10 teams that played in state tournaments.

Stamford’s volleyball team won the first state volleyball championship in school history with a 3-0 victory over Amity in the Class LL final to lead the FCIAC to a 15-10 combined record in volleyball state tournaments.

St. Joseph defended its title in the CIAC Class M Girls Soccer tournament most impressively. The third-seeded Cadets outscored their foes by an 11-1 margin, culminating with 4-0 victory in the final over fifth-seeded Masuk. St. Joseph’s 4-0 record in that tourney led the FCIAC to an 18-11 combined record in girls soccer as the other 11 conference teams went 14-11 in the Class LL tourney, with Ridgefield (3-1) making the deepest run to the championship game.

Danbury advanced to the CIAC Boys Class LL Soccer Tournament semifinals for the deepest run by a conference team. The FCIAC had all 11 of its boys soccer state tourney participants in that largest class and a combined 13-11 record.

There were 18 games and matches in which FCIAC teams played each other. In all of the contests in which FCIAC teams played teams non-conference teams, the FCIAC had a 51-24-2 overall record for a .680 winning percentage.

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