Darien’s Georgia Cassidy named Hearst Connecticut Media Girls Ice Hockey MVP
DARIEN — A fitting end to a storybook career.
Georgia Cassidy helped lead the Darien girls hockey team to both state and FCIAC championships this past season, becoming the fifth all-time leading scorer in state history with 211 points in the process.
That list of accolades gets a little longer as Cassidy is named Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s girls ice hockey MVP.
“I think it’s really special, especially after this year,” Cassidy said of the honor. “Our team was really special, we had such a strong group of girls and a lot of depth, so to finish the season like that and to be honored with this is really special as a way to cap it all off.”
What makes Cassidy so special isn’t just her natural ability, which transcends into multiple sports — she also this past season’s Hearst Connecticut Media field hockey MVP and currently plays goalie on the lacrosse team — but her affinity for the big moment.
“It comes from her willingness to compete all the time,” Blue Wave coach and Hearst Connecticut Media Coach of the Year Jamie Tropsa said. “If anybody came to watch her practice, you would think Georgia could score 20 goals a game because it doesn’t matter if she’s going against Chandler Kirby or Katie Zaro or any of our best players, she gives everything she has every time she touches the puck.”
THE GEORGIA CASSIDY FILE
Scored 211 career points, good for fifth all-time in state history
Never lost an FCIAC game, including four conference titles
2015-16 state champion
2015 FCIAC field hockey champion, Hearst Connecticut Media field hockey MVP
Playing field hockey at the University of North Carolina in the fall
QUOTABLE: “It feels amazing — after all the success we had and being able to not only win the state title and the FCIAC title but also this amazing honor; it’s really special to me.”
The Blue Wave never lost an FCIAC game in her four years, winning all four championships in the process and eventually taking home Darien’s first state championship since 2009, a bittersweet ending to her high school career.
“It was still definitely sad,” Cassidy said. “One of my senior teammates was saying before the third period that she wanted the game to end so we could win, but she wanted the third period to last forever so we wouldn’t be done, and that shows how special that was to us.”
Cassidy will go on to play field hockey collegiately at the University of North Carolina in the fall, so the state championship game may have been the end of her competitive hockey career.
Tropsa knows just how rare and special that career was.
“Every time I watch Georgia I am amazed by her,” Tropsa said. “It’s definitely something we’ll never forget as a group, how great having her on the team was and how great it was getting to watch her play because she is very special.”