Behind tournament MVP Nicole Williams, the Cadets repeated as FCIAC champions, knocking off Stamford 2-1 in the championship game. Williams, Lauren Pitney, Melissa Bike, Katie Gardella, Jovanna Hillman and Amy Chacho will now shift their focus to helping St. Joseph to a state title. The Cadets are the number one seed in the Class M tournament and received a buy into the second round on Thursday against the winner of Suffield and Ellington.
The Black Knights put together a strong run to reach the FCIAC final, falling just short in a 2-1 loss to St. Joseph. Lauren O’Neill and Sara Staley played well in the title game while Brianna Arias and Nicole Pease will look to continue their strong play heading into the Class L tournament. Stamford is the No. 5 seed and will face Hamden in the opening round on Wednesday.
The Spartans pulled things together just in time, taking the SCC championship with a 3-0 win over Lauralton Hall for their first title since 2008. Katie Koshes threw a 15 strike out, one-hitter, while Dani Nordyk, Jenna Dilorenzo and Teresa Marchitto also played well. Amity enters the Class L tournament as the No. 12 seed and will face Simsbury on Wednesday.
The Crusaders reached their conference title game for the third straight year, but fell to Amity 3-0 in the SCC final. Lauralton Hall, which left the SWC last season, will look to Alexa Dawid, Lindsey Spitz, Jaclyn Brewster, Haley Congdon, Ireland Miessau and Alex Moleski to lead Lauralton Hall into the Class L playoffs as the No. 2 seed. It will face the winner of E.O. Smith and Lyman Hall on Thursday.
The Golden Bears enter the Class S tournament as No. 1 overall seed and will be looking to defend their state title. Thomaston, led Morgan Sanson, Alexa Milius, Jensyn Cleveland and Nina Barone, is the favorite to repeat as state champion.
The Blue Wave had a disappointing showing in the FCIAC tournament, getting upset by Stamford in the semifinals. Erika Osherow, Rebecca DeMaio and Lexi LoPiano will look to lead a deep Darien team into the Class LL tournament as the No. 3 overall seed. The Blue Wave will host the winner of Norwalk and New Britain on Thursday.
The Falcons vault into our rankings after a great end of the season. Barlow won 15 in a row before falling to Newtown in the SWC championship, the Falcons first appearance in the final in school history. Super sophomores Kristen Acocella and Briana Marcelino are having great seasons, along with Emily Marshall, Zoe Marcelino, Samantha Hilford and the rest of the deep Barlow line up. The Falcons are the No. 9 seed in Class L and face RHAM on Wednesday.
In a rematch of last year’s final, the Red Raiders fell 3-2 to Seymour in the NVL tournament semifinal. Ali DuBois, UConn-bound Marissa Morris, Brittany Anderson and Brittany Young will look to lead Torrington into the Class L tournament as the No. 5 seed. It will face Bunnell on Wednesday.
The Vikings fell 12-1 to eventual champion St. Joseph in the FCIAC tournament semifinals. Casey Decine, Gabby Laconna, Adrianna Gambino and Jordan Benzaken have played well of late. Westhill enters the Class LL tournament as the No. 11 seed and will face Conard in the opening round on Wednesday.
The Bears were eliminated in the first round of the FCIAC tournament by Stamford. Ali Brown, Sam Troetti, Allie Hall and Katie Sciglimpaglia played well in the 6-4 loss. Norwalk enters the Class LL tournament as the No. 14 seed and will face New Britain on Wednesday. Ridgefield, Trumbull, Danbury, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe, Kolbe Cathedral and Jonathan Law are on the bubble.