Blue Wave too Much for Simsbury

CHESHIRE- The Simsbury Trojans girl’s field hockey team lost Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Class L State Tournament for the second straight year.  The Trojans lost all but two starters from last year’s squad, but were still able to match last year’s success.

“For a rebuilding year, to make it back to the semis is pretty outstanding,” Simsbury head coach Brooke Bulmer said of her team.  “I was very pleased with their performance.”

Simsbury (14-2-2-1) was a four-seed in this year’s tournament and had knocked out 13 Ridgefield and 5 Glastonbury before falling 5-0 on Tuesday to top-seed Darien (17-1-1-0) at Cheshire High School.

The Darien Blue Wave is the gold standard in Connecticut field hockey.

Darien is looking to repeat last year’s championship season, and will play Cheshire on Saturday in the State Championship game.  The Blue Wave has won five state championships since 2007.  Darien topped 17 Westhill and 9 Conard before knocking off Simsbury.

“It’s a tradition,” Darien head coach Maureen Minicus said of her program’s winning reputation.  “I think success breeds success.”

The Blue Wave got things going early on Tuesday.

Three and a half minutes into the game sophomore Marissa Baker scored the game’s first goal off an assist from senior Mollie Riegel on a penalty corner to give Darien an early lead.

“Getting that early goal sets the tone,” Minicus said of her team’s early score.  “It helped us get in our groove and breathe a little.”

Then, with 5:30 left in the first, senior Eliza Wisinski, assisted by sophomore Georgia Cassidy, added a second goal for the Blue Wave to give Darien a 2-0 lead they would take into halftime.

The damage could have been worse for the Trojans if not for terrific goalie play by senior Allison Renwick, who ended the game with five saves.

Simsbury came out on the attack in the second half, earning four penalty corners, but unfortunately had nothing to show for it.

“I thought we played very well,” Bulmer said.  “I think we hung in with them.”

The Trojans did hang in with the Blue Wave until Darien broke it open in the second half, scoring largely off of corner plays.

“They had beautiful corners,” Bulmer said of the Blue Wave, adding, “They are very fast and very skilled.”

Darien would score three more goals in the second half to make a final total of five for the game, all from different Blue Wave players.  Simsbury would be shut out.

“We knew it was going to be a hard battle, but we had our opportunities,” Bulmer said.

“We really worked hard,” Simsbury senior Stephanie Rosenberg said of her team’s unexpected success in a rebuilding year.  “It was definitely a surprise but we earned it.”








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