The first game of the 2014 field hockey season was a special one for Branford coach Cathy McGuirk who earned her 500th career win as Caroline Murphy scored twice and Megan Shea added two assists in a 3-0 SCC win over Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden on Tuesday.
McGuirk, in her 38th season as the Hornets’ coach, improved her overall record to 500-111-62-9. Her husband John McGuirk has been her assistant for 35 seasons.
Under Cathy McGuirk’s watch, Branford has won 10 state championships, including four straight Class M titles from 1988-91. The Hornets have made the state tournament 35 consecutive years, reached the semifinals 27 times, and the state finals 14 times, including eight straight appearances from 1984-91 (winning six times).
McGuirk has led Branford to 16 conference championships with seven coming in the old Housatonic League and the next nine in the Southern Connecticut Conference. McGuirk was named the Connecticut Field Hockey Association Coach of the Year four times, in Class M in 1984 and 2003 and in Class L in 1987 and ’95.