New Canaan Field Hockey Kicks Off Playoff Run Friday

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Darien (black), Wilton and six other teams will battle for the Fairfield County field hockey conference championship.
Darien (black), Wilton and six other teams will battle for the Fairfield County field hockey conference championship. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Fairfield County field hockey teams will look to duplicate last year's string of upsets in a conference tournament that has long favored the higher seeds.

Two quarterfinal games will be Friday and two will take place Saturday.

Brien McMahon High of Norwalk qualified for its first conference tournament since 2007 with a 7-4-1-1 record. The seventh-seeded Senators will have to contend with perennial powerhouse, Darien (12-1-0-0) at 3:30 p.m.

The Blue Wave's only loss of the season came against unbeaten Wilton. Darien defeated McMahon, 5-0, Oct. 4.

Third-ranked New Canaan (10-2-1-0) will host sixth-seeded Fairfield Warde (7-3-1-2) at 4 p.m. Friday.

Both teams enter the playoffs on a hot streak, each having won four of its last five games. The Rams and the Mustangs battled to a scoreless tie during the regular season.

Saturday's quarterifinal games start with a rematch of last year's conference championship. Top-ranked and unbeaten Wilton (13-0-0-0) will host eighth-seeded Staples High of Westport (7-5-0-1) at 2 p.m.

Wilton topped Staples, 3-1, during the regular season, but the Wreckers were one of only two conference opponents able to score a goal on the Warriors all season. Wilton allowed just two goals all season.

Staples hopes to be a giant-killer again after ending Darien's 93-game unbeaten streak in the semifinals last season en route to the Wreckers' first conference championship since 1995. Staples has won five of its last six games.

Fourth-ranked Greenwich (9-4-0-0) will host fifth-seeded Stamford (8-4-1-0) in the last quarterfinal game at a time to be determined Saturday.

Greenwich defeated Stamford, 2-1, during the regular season, but Stamford has won six of its last seven games entering the playoffs.

The field hockey conference semifinals are scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at New Canaan High School. The conference championship is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Norwalk High School.

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