WETHERSFIELD—Both the Darien and New Canaan field hockey teams will be looking to defend their titles Saturday at Wethersfield High School, and while that comes as little surprise, the way in which they’ve reached this point is.
Darien will be going for its fifth-straight Class L title against Staples, which it tied last year for a share of the crown.
New Canaan will battle for its third-consecutive M title against Daniel Hand.
Darien finished the regular season at 13-2, but never looked overly impressive during the regular season, hitting a couple bumps along the way. Once playoffs hit however, Darien was Darien again, winning the FCIAC title over Wilton 3-1, and defeating Norwalk twice in the conference and state playoffs to avenge its regular season loss to the Bears.
Darien has mixed experienced players like Katie Elders and Kiki Tropsa on the offensive end, while goalie Erica Blaze has put on a clinic defensively.
Regardless of how dominant Darien is or isn’t during the regular season, coach Mo Minicus always seems to find a way come playoff time.
New Canaan didn’t enjoy the regular season success that Darien did. In fact, the Rams were barely over the .500 mark at 8-6.
Once the Class M playoffs began however, New Canaan seems to have found its stride. The Rams, battle-tested by the FCIAC, came in as the eight-seed and have downed No. 9 East Lyme, No. 1 Pomperaug and No. 4 Branford to reach the title game against No. 2 Daniel Hand.
The most impressive part of the Rams run is that they have a chance to win their third-straight title with three different coaches.
That means that the junior and senior leaders have had little consistency at the top, yet could bring home their third plaque in as many years.
The teams’ success and consistency shows that no matter the situation, the field hockey hub of Connecticut still sits in a three mile stretch between Darien and New Canaan high schools.