With the release on Friday of the seedings and schedules for the CIAC state tournaments in boys and girls soccer, field hockey and girls volleyball, here are five things to know about each:
Enfield top seeded in Class L: Cookie Bromage is in her 50th year of coaching, and her team hasn’t won a title since 1994 (in Class M). Could this be the year the top-seeded and unbeaten Eagles go out on top? It won’t be an easy road as No. 8 seed South Windsor (which lost 2-1 to Enfield in the regular season) could lurk in the second round, and Enfield could meet up with defending co-champion Darien (which just won the FCIAC title) in the quarters. The Eagles have a dynamic duo in sisters Tori and Taylor Geaglone and have only given up two goals this season.
Granby No. 2 in Class S: Granby, which has won 13 state titles, hopes to win its first since 2011, but a formidable top-seeded North Branford may have something to say about that. North Branford won the Shoreline title with a 2-1 overtime win over Valley Regional Thursday night. Granby’s only loss was to Longmeadow (Mass.), 3-0. The Bears start eight seniors, including midfielder Kari Marks, forwards Cheryl Latona and Heather Salter and goalkeeper Rory Conroy.
Tough road for Cheshire: Cheshire, the No. 2 seed in the Class L tournament, will also have a difficult road in the tournament, potentially facing defending Class L co-champion Staples or Wilton, the FCIAC tournament runner-up, in the quarterfinals. Greenwich, ranked No. 2 in the latest state coaches field hockey poll and another dangerous FCIAC team, could be waiting in the semifinals. Junior Mikayla Crowley is Cheshire’s main playmaker, while Mia Pulisciano and Julie Schaff anchor the defense.
Hand second seed in Class M: Hand and fourth-seeded Branford will face each other in the SCC tournament championship game Saturday, but if they have a chance to meet in the Class M tournament, it won’t be until the final. Hand, which opens the tournament with 15th seed E.O. Smith Tuesday, could play No. 3 seed and SCC foe Guilford in the semifinals. Guilford beat Hand 2-0 on Oct. 19 for Hand’s only loss.
Glastonbury on a roll: Since their overtime loss to Enfield and a loss to Longmeadow, Mass., the Tomahawks, who lost eight senior starters from a team that went to the Class L semifinals last year, have won three straight, including victories over Simsbury, Northwest Catholic and South Windsor. Glastonbury is the sixth seed in Class L and will host New Milford in the first round.
Coventry No. 1 in Class S: Coventry, which lost to Hale-Ray in the Class S semifinals last year, is the top seed in Class S. The Patriots, which lost a group of seniors from that team, gained an outside hitter in 6-foot-1 senior Colleen McAvoy, who grew up in Coventry and moved to Washington state, where she played for Camas High School, but she returned to Connecticut this year. Coventry, whose only loss came to Woodstock Academy this season, will play in the NCCC final Saturday. Coventry, which has won 10 Class S titles since 2003, won its last title in 2015.
Lyman Memorial is the defending Class S champ: After winning its first Class S title last year, Lyman has a new coach in Amanda Nappi, who was an assistant to Marty Gomez last year. Lyman, whose only two losses are to Killingly and RHAM, will play the winner of Bolton-Notre Dame-Fairfield in the second round.
Unbeaten RHAM on track for another title: The defending Class L champion is undefeated and hasn’t dropped a game all season. RHAM, which defeated Farmington 3-1 in the championship game last year, has won six titles and has been to the Class L championship the last four years.
Cheshire top seed in Class LL: Cheshire, which is facing Guilford for the SCC championship Saturday, is the No. 1 seed in Class LL. The Rams have won seven titles, their last in 2013.
Southington No. 2 in Class LL: The Blue Knights held a 2-0 lead but lost to Amity in the Class LL quarterfinals 3-2 last year, and the current seniors on the team took the loss to heart. Southington has only two regular season losses this year, to RHAM and Avon. Southington, the second seed, will play the winner of the Staples-McMahon game in the second round.
Glastonbury looks to take back LL title: Glastonbury is looking for its fourth state title in five years and has secured a first-round bye along with Naugatuck. Glastonbury also had a bye in 2015, which was its most recent title.
Conard-Southington again: A first-round Class LL matchup between Conard and Southington will be the CCC West-Colonial rivals’ third meeting of the season. The first ended in a 1-1 tie, while Southington won the rematch, 1-0.
E.O. Smith on a perfect path: E.O. Smith is the odds-on favorite in Class L as the only perfect team, but also secured last year’s top seed before losing in the semifinals to Barlow.
Granby streaks in: Top-seeded Granby enters the Class M tournament on a 15-game winning streak after recording a tie in the season opener, and also beat top contender Ellington 2-1 on Oct. 11.
Cromwell, Immaculate try it again: Cromwell and Immaculate meet in the first round of the Class S tournament for the second consecutive year, with Cromwell winning last year’s encounter in overtime.
Glastonbury aims for four in a row: Glastonbury, whose record-setting 69-game unbeaten streak ended this season, seeks its fourth consecutive state title and enters the Class LL tournament as the sixth seed. Middletown and Newington battle for the right to face Glastonbury in the second round, after Newington previously beat Middletown 3-2 on Oct. 10.
Suffield undefeated: Top-seeded Suffield, which lost in last year’s Class LL semifinals to Ridgefield, enters with a second consecutive 16-0 record, having allowed just two goals all season.
Can St. Joseph make it 3 in a row? St. Joseph, chasing its third consecutive title, could face Pomperaug in the second round in Class L in what would be a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals.
Lewis Mills looks to break through: Lewis Mills snared the top seed in Class M and looks to break through after losing in the semifinals in 2016 and 2014.
Old Lyme the class of Class S: Defending champion Old Lyme recorded an unbeaten season and looks to be the favorite once again in Class S.