5 STORYLINES TO WATCH
Suffield went through the entire regular season without allowing a single goal – quite the impressive feat. Now the team heads into the Class LL state tournament as the No. 2 seed. Can Suffield do the same to the opposition in the postseason? Ridgefield has posted 16 shutouts this season and sits as the No. 7 seed, possibly setting up a quarterfinal showdown at Suffield. In Class M, Lewis Mills had posted 15 shutouts. The squad is the top seed in its division.
Don’t mess with the Tomahawks!
Glastonbury has been to at least the Class LL state semifinals every season since 2011, including three straight championship titles from 2014-16. The Tomahawks fell in the semifinals last season to eventual champion Ridgefield. Glastonbury’s only stumble this season – if you can call it that – was a tie against Farmington on Sept. 11. Everything else was a victory, enabling the Central Connecticut Conference’s best team to be the top seed in LL. Will the Tomahawks be in the final in two weeks?
Tigers on the Prowl
Ridgefield is an extremely dangerous No. 7 seed as previously mentioned above. This group of Tigers was able to get through a tough field to win the FCIAC title for the third time in four years and now sets their sights on defending in Class LL. The Mercy Tigers have just one loss on the field – to Shelton – and then lost again the Gaels in the SCC tournament final in penalty kicks. But Mercy will be looking to rebound as the top seed in Class L. The Hand Tigers are a dangerous No. 13 seed, attempting to reach the L semifinals for the third straight year.
The Morgan Huskies have had a fine season, suffering just one loss during the regular season to Cromwell, then avenging that loss to the Panthers by beating them in the Shoreline Conference championship final. Now as the No. 5 seed in Class M, Morgan will try to go on a deep run in the top portion of the bracket. A rematch with North Branford, which Morgan eliminated last year in the second round on penalty kicks, could happen against in the second round on Wednesday if seeding holds to form.
Rev up the Mustangs
Immaculate was the Class L state champion in 2014 and the co-champion in Class M in 2016. After falling in the second round in M last season, you can bet the Mustangs will be motivated to go far. And they are back in Class S, where they won the state title nine times over a 10-year span (2003-12). Immaculate is the No. 4 seed in the bracket and will host the winner of Somers and East Granby on Wednesday.
5 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jessica Mazo, St. Joseph
The UConn-bound Mazo has been an offensive force for the Cadets all season long. She also has never lost in the state tournament and you can bet she wants to go out a winner with a fourth consecutive state championship, this time in Class LL. The Cadets are seeded sixth and open up on Monday against a familiar opponent, Westhill out of the FCIAC.
Erin Keary, Shelton
The leader of an underrated defense that pitched shutouts against both Amity and Mercy twice. The second time around was in consecutive games to help Shelton win the SCC tournament title. Keary will be a huge factor, along with her teammates in the back, if Shelton is to make a deep run against a loaded LL field. Shelton receives an opening-round bye and will host either Trumbull or Cheshire in the second round Wednesday.
Meadow Mancini, Watertown
Lethal goal scorer led the Indians to the NVL championship, scoring in the tournament final. Has had several multiple-goal games, including four against Naugatuck. Expect her to score some more goal when the Class L tournament commences Monday.
Before she heads off to Boston College next season. Augur would like to be a part of one more postseason run. The chance to defend the Shoreline Conference crown ended in the semifinals against Cromwell. Now Augur would like to post a few more shutouts in net for the Thunderbirds.
Like Mazo, this senior has lived in the state finals. Johnson has never lost in three trips to the finals and scored the game-winner in double overtime against Holy Cross last year. Old Lyme had just a subpar regular season season but no one who knows this program will ever take the Wildcats, or Johnson, lightly.