2019 FCIAC Fall Tournament Schedule

There have been several changes to the FCIAC swimming and diving tournament schedule from previous years. The swim trials will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, and the finals on Tuesday, Nov. 5 , both at Greenwich High School. The diving finals have been moved from Westhill High School, as the pool will be unavailable, … Read more

FCIAC teams featured in field hockey and girls soccer state coaches polls

The FCIAC has consistently been very strong in the fall sports of field hockey and girls’ soccer and the most recent state coaches polls in those sports confirm that is the case once again this fall. Ridgefield and Staples are ranked first and second, respectively, as the FCIAC has three teams ranked among the top … Read more

Darien tops Staples in FCIAC field hockey championship rematch

WESTPORT — The Darien and Staples field hockey teams have built quite a rivalry over the past few seasons, meeting in two state finals and going head-to-head for the FCIAC championship last year. In the aftermath of Darien’s 3-1 win over the Wreckers in Westport on Wednesday, however, Blue Wave senior Molly Hellman was very … Read more

A milestone win for Mo Minicus and Darien field hockey

DARIEN — There wasn’t much fanfare when Darien field hockey coach Mo Minicus picked up career victory No. 300 in last Thursday’s season-opening game in Ridgefield. Maybe that’s because the coach and her players were focused on an even more important number: One, as in the first win of the season. Molly McGuckin and Evelyn … Read more

Ally Orrico steps down as coach of Greenwich field hockey team after 12 successful seasons

Leaving an enjoyable job is difficult, especially if your a coach like Ally Orrico, who was part of Greenwich’s field hockey program for decades. Orrico, who played for the Cardinals’ field hockey team in high school, then served as coach of the team since 2007, made the difficult decision to step down from her post. … Read more

Seven FCIAC teams claimed state titles during a terrific fall campaign

As is usually the case when the postseason state tournaments and championship meets take place, during this past fall season the FCIAC yet again had significant success as it won nine championships and had a solid .571 winning percentage in the eight combined fall sports. The Greenwich and St. Joseph football teams, Staples field hockey … Read more

2018 All-FCIAC Field Hockey Awards

Front row, Bridget Mahoney, Darien; Zoe Metalios, Greenwich; Emma Rothkopf, Wilton; Kamryn Spezzano, Brien McMahon; Olivia Hahn, Wilton; Julia Chapell, Stamford; and Kyle Kirby, Staples; back row, Shea van den Broek, Darien; Celia Sokolowski, New Canaan; Isabella Carrozza, Ridgefield; Grace Keefe, Danbury; Grace Cooper, Staples; Katie Elders, Darien; and Elle Fair, Staples. All-FCIAC First Team … Read more

Staples tops Cheshire for CIAC Class L field hockey state title

WETHERSFIELD — One of the strengths of the Cheshire field hockey team this season was its stifling defense. The Rams entered the CIAC Class L championship game against Staples with 19 shutouts. Cheshire coach Eileen Wildermann had her team focused on playing a defensive game and it worked in a scoreless first half as the … Read more

State Championship Saturday: FCIAC teams battle for four crowns

Saturday, Nov. 17 Class LL Volleyball Final At East Haven High School, 10 a.m. No. 12 Darien Blue Wave (18-7) vs. No. 10 Amity Spartans (19-6) Where to watch: NFHS Network (subscription) State Finals History Darien: 19th appearance; 17 State Championships; Last title – 2014 vs. Cheshire 3-0 Amity: 17th appearance; 10 State Championships; Last … Read more

Kirby’s overtime goal lifts Staples into Class L field hockey final

NORWALK — Kyle Kirby wasn’t sharing any secrets after the Staples Wreckers’ latest showdown with the Darien Blue Wave field hockey team.

While Kirby may have wanted to keep things quiet, her penalty stroke goal in overtime was certainly the Wreckers’ loudest of the season.

Kirby put her shot high inside the left post 1:20 into overtime, as Staples punched its ticket to the state final with a 2-1 victory over Darien in the CIAC Class L semifinals Tuesday at Brien McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field.

Being in the overtime spotlight added to the drama of the penalty stroke.

“There’s definitely more tension in overtime, especially since it’s sudden death,” Kirby said. “You make it and you go home as a winner, and if you don’t you have to keep playing. We’ve had our fair share of those in FCIACs and states, so it was nice to have our chance for a stroke.”

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