Teams Have Great Success in First Round of State Tournament

The CIAC State Tournament first round in the team sports began Monday and Tuesday and will continue today, with second round games occurring Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Many boys and girls area teams qualified and are remaining. Multiple teams are highly ranked in each sport and capable of going on a championship run.

GIRLS SOCCER

Undefeated Glastonbury and Suffield, both15-0-1, are the top two seeds in Class LL and gained first round byes. GHS will host No. 16 E.O. Smith (12-6) Wednesday afternoon, which defeated NFA 4-1 in the first round. SHS will host No. 18 Darien (11-5-2) at the same time, which defeated McMahon 2-0. South Windsor, which went 11-3-2 in the regular season, earned the No. 10 seed. The Bobcats dominated No. 23 Hamden 5-1 on Monday. Karly Suppicich led the way for them, scoring twice, while Taylor Patitucci had both a goal and assist. The Bobcats travel to No. 7 Ridgefield (14-2-1) Wednesday, which defeated Manchester 4-0. Glastonbury advanced to the semifinals and Suffield the quarterfinals of last season’s tournament. No. 25 Enfield (7-10) lost 6-2 at No. 8 Newtown Monday to end 2018.

Ellington was the other local team to play a first round game on Monday in the M tournament. The No. 9 Knights were outstanding in the 6-0 triumph over No. 24 Amistad. EHS (13-4) will travel to battle No. 8 Montville (13-4) on Wednesday, which defeated Griswold 3-0. The Knights defeated Montville in the 2017 M tournament before losing to top-seeded Lewis Mills. No. 2 Tolland (14-2) and No. 5 RHAM (12-3-1) earned byes in the first round of L. THS will host No. 15 Lauralton (11-6) Wednesday, which defeated Bristol Eastern. RHS will host No. 10 Pomperaug (10-3-4), which was impressive in a 6-0 win against Windsor. RHAM was the top seed in the 2017 tournament and advanced to the championship game before losing to St. Joseph, while Tolland was upset by Foran as the No. 4 seed.

 

 

BOYS SOCCER

In LL, No. 4 South Windsor and No. 8 Glastonbury each won their first-round games Tuesday. The Bobcats (15-2) shut out No. 29 Kennedy 3-0, with Nick Gattuso, Mitchell Lyons and Jared Caroline each scoring. South Windsor hosts No. 13 Conard in Thursday’s second round, which defeated Norwalk. Glastonbury (12-3-2) defeated No. 25 Newington 2-0, and the Tomahawks will host No. 9 Trumbull (11-2-4) Thursday, which edged Hamden. Glastonbury is the defending champion in LL. It defeated top-seeded Naugatuck 1-0 in the title match.

Four teams qualified for the M tournament, although No. 11 Tolland was the only team which played in Tuesday’s first round due to weather. The Eagles (12-3-2) defeated No. 22 Bulkeley 3-2. Hunter Williams and Jack Iggott each had great days, with Williams scoring twice and Iggott earning two assists. THS will travel to No. 6 Broofield (12-1-4) Thursday, which blew out Goodwin Tech 8-0. Top-seeded Ellington, No. 13 Suffield and No. 19 Rockville will each play their first-round matches Wednesday. EHS will battle No. 32 Plainville (7-9-1), Suffield (11-4-1) will host No. 20 Seymour (8-5-2), and Rockville will travel to No. 14 Ledyard (11-4). If the teams win, they will each play on Thursday. Suffield and Ellington each went on great tournament runs last season, with the No. 3 Wildcats advancing to the championship before losing to No. 2 Lewis Mills, and the No. 6 Knights also losing to Lewis Mills in the semifinals. No. 19 Tolland beat Valley Regional in its opening match before losing to Stonington.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

In the LL tournament, No. 13 Glastonbury and No. 16 South Windsor each won their first round matches Monday. Glastonbury (14-6) defeated No. 20 E.O. Smith 3-1, winning the first two sets comfortably and closing out the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth. Sydney Tennison smacked 10 kills for the Tomahawks, and Emily Donofrio earned seven aces. They will face No. 4 Trumbull (15-3) on Thursday, which defeated GHS in the regular season. South Windsor (13-8) defeated No. 17 Staples 3-1, rebounding from a loss in the second set to win the final two 27-25 and 25-20. Jia Yazon and Aiden Castle each had had 13 service points for the Bobcats, while Yazon recorded 18 digs and Castle both six aces and kills. They will face top-seeded Southington (18-0) on Thursday, which defeated South Windsor in the regular season. Glastonbury defeated Fairfield Warde and Newtown as a No. 8 seed in 2017 before losing to No. 1 Cheshire.

Rockville and East Catholic also each won their first-round matches in the M and S tournaments Monday. Rockville (13-7), seeded 16th, edged No. 17 Ledyard 3-2. The Rams fell 25-17 in the fourth set, but then took down LHS 15-11 in the deciding one. It will face No. 1 Seymour (18-0) in the second round Wednesday night. No. 24 East Catholic (10-11) rolled over No. 9 Capitol Prep on Monday, winning each set by double digits. It will host No. 24 Oxford (10-11) Wednesday, which swept Cheney Tech. In the L tournament, No. 3 RHAM (16-2) and No. 5 Tolland (17-3) each earned first round byes. RHAM will host No. 19 Fitch (12-7) on Thursday, which swept Newington, while Tolland will battle No. 12 Brookfield (15-5), which beat No. 21 Maloney. RHAM is the defending L champion, defeating Woodstock as the top seed last year. Tolland beat Prince in M as the No. 17 seed before losing to St. Joseph.

FIELD HOCKEY

Enfield (13-1-2-0) and Glastonbury (9-5-0-3) are seeded fourth and fifteenth in L, and will play in the first round Wednesday. Enfield will host No. 13 Ridgefield (9-4-1-2), which won its qualifying round game against Fairfield Ludlowe. Glastonbury advanced to play No. 2 Staples (16-0-0-0) by taking down No. 18 New Milford 2-0 in Monday’s qualifying round. Hana Lataille and Julia Anderson scored for the Tomahawks. Enfield was the top seed in 2017, and defeated Hamden and Ludlowe before being upset by Darien in the semis, while No. 6 Glastonbury again beat New Milford before losing to Greenwich. No. 6 South Windsor (13-2-1-0) won its first-round game in the M tournament Tuesday, defeating No. 11 Watertown 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Lindsey Osit, Lindsey Tortora and Isabella Sanchez scored for the Bobcats. They will travel to No. 3 Guilford (13-2-1-0) Thursday. Suffield (14-1-0-1) earned a bye as the tournament’s top seed. It will play either No. 8 SHA or No. 9 Wethersfield in the quarters Thursday. South Windsor and Suffield each lost in the first round in 2017.

 

 

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