Championship Saturday Capsules and History

Championship Saturday is upon us in high school soccer, field hockey and volleyball, and seven teams from The Sports Department’s coverage area will be competing for six state titles at five different venues.

BOYS SOCCER

Class M – #8 Ellington (15-3-2) vs. #11 Tolland (14-5-1)
Middletown High School, 10 a.m.
How Ellington got here: def. #25 Kaynor Tech 7-0; def. #9 Oxford 5-1; def. #1 Lewis Mills 2-0; def. #29 St. Joseph 1-0
How Tolland got here: def. #22 Windham; def. #6 Montville 1-0; def. #19 Plainville 3-1; def. #2 Bacon Academy 1-0
Notes: The only game featuring two teams from The Sports Department’s coverage area. Ellington lost 2-0 to Suffield in the 2013 finals. Former longtime NCCC rivals; Tolland now plays in the CCC East.
Championships: Ellington – 2008 (M), 2007 (M), 1972 (S), 1971 (S); Tolland – 2009 (M)
Runnerup finishes: Ellington – 2013 (M), 2003 (M), 1990 (S), 1989 (S); Tolland – none

Class LL – #15 Glastonbury (14-4-2) vs. #4 Farmington (16-2-1)
Willow Brook Park, New Britain, 10 a.m.
How Glastonbury got here: def. #18 Newtown 2-0; def. #2 Fairfield Ludlowe 2-1; def. #7 Simsbury 2-0; def. #11 Darien 3-0
Notes: A battle of defending state titlists. Glastonbury was LL co-champion with Ridgefield last year, while Farmington won the last two Class L crowns.
Championships: Glastonbury – 2013 (LL, co-champion), 2005 (LL), 2003 (LL, co-champion), 1999, 1989, 1960 (L-M, co-champion), 1959 (L-M); Farmington – 2013 (L), 2012 (L), 2010 (LL), 2008 (LL), 2003 (L), 1996 (M), 1992 (L), 1986 (M), 1982 (M), 1979 (M), 1974 (M)
Runnerup finishes: Glastonbury – 2008 (LL), 2007 (LL), 1984 (LL), 1979 (LL); Farmington – 2005 (LL), 2001 (L), 1995 (L), 1994 (L), 1973 (M)

Class S – #1 Somers (15-2-2) vs. #7 East Hampton (12-4-2)
Willow Brook Park, New Britain, 1 p.m.
How Somers got here: first-round bye; def. #16 Whitney Tech 13-3; def. #9 Windsor Locks 2-0; def. #4 Cromwell 2-1
Notes: Somers is seeking its third state title in the last five years, and fourth overall. East Hampton is making its first-ever appearance in the finals.
Championships: Somers – 2001 (S), 2010 (S), 2004 (S); East Hampton – none
Runnerup finishes: Somers – 2012; East Hampton – none

GIRLS SOCCER

Class LL – #1 Glastonbury (18-1-0) vs. #6 Fairfield Warde (15-3-2)
West Haven High School, 2:30 p.m.
How Glastonbury got here: first-round bye; def. #16 Darien 5-1; def. #8 Staples 2-1; def. #4 Simsbury 1-0
Notes: Counting regular season and state tournament play, the Tomahawks have outscored their opponents 83-10.
Championships: Glastonbury – 2011 (LL); Fairfield Warde – 2007 (L), 2002 (LL, co-champion, as Fairfield High School)
Runnerup finishes: Glastonbury – 2012 (LL), 2009 (LL), 2000 (LL), 1999 (LL), 1996 (LL), 1991 (LL), 1983 (LL); Fairfield Warde – 2003 (LL, as Fairfield High School)

FIELD HOCKEY

Class L: #1 Glastonbury (18-0-1-0) vs. #7 Darien (15-4-0-0)
Wethersfield High School, 12:30 p.m.
How Glastonbury got here: def. #16 Newington 3-0; def. #8 Staples 1-0; def. #5 Cheshire 1-0
Notes: The Tomahawks have not given up a goal all season. Darien is the two-time defending Class L champion.
Championships: Glastonbury – 2010 (L, co-champion); Darien – 2013 (L), 2012 (L), 2010 (M), 2009 (M), 2008 (M), 2007 (M), 1984 (L), 1981 (L)
Runnerup finishes: Glastonbury – none; Darien – 2004 (M), 1982 (L)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Class L: #2 RHAM (21-0) vs. #1 Farmington (22-0)
Glastonbury High School, 4 p.m.
How RHAM got here: first-round bye; def. #15 Naugatuck 3-0; def. #7 Fitch 3-0; def. #3 Ledyard 3-2
Notes: The records are a bit misleading, as league tournament results do not count. In the CCC tournament finals, RHAM defeated Farmington 3-1, with game scores of 25-21, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-18. This is a rematch of the 2013 finals, which RHAM won 3-2.
Championships: RHAM – 2013 (L), 2010 (M), 2009 (M), 2008 (M), 2007 (M); Farmington – 1979 (S), 1972, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966
Runnerup finishes: RHAM – 2011 (L); Farmington – 2013 (L), 2009 (L), 1974

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