Greenwich High athletics set for CIAC tournament action

The Greenwich High School girls swimming and diving team has a new coach, but is expected to remain one of the teams to beat in the state. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School girls swimming and diving team has a new coach, but is expected to remain one of the teams to beat in the state. — John Ferris Robben photo

The fall season is winding down, but the Greenwich High School varsity athletic teams will still be in action as a plethora of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference tournaments are set to begin.

The Greenwich High field hockey team enters the tournament with a 7-4-4 regular season record and will be the No. 15 seed. The Lady Cards will be competing at home in the qualifying round of the class L tournament against fellow FCIAC foe Norwalk High School, as the Bears are 18th seed. The two teams will play Monday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The winner will advance to the class L first round and play second-seeded Simsbury High School Wednesday afternoon at Simsbury High School.

Glastonbury High School is the No. 1 seeded team in the class L field hockey tournament and enter play with a 15-0-1 regular season record.

In the CIAC class LL boys soccer tournament, Greenwich High School, fresh off an appearance in the FCIAC championship game, is the 12th seeded team. With a regular season record of 11-3-2, the Cards will host Crosby High School Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Crosby High is the 21st seed in class LL and finished with a regular season record of 8-8-0. The winner of the opening round matchup will travel to No. 5 seeded New Milford or host No. 28 seed Kennedy High School in the second round, played Wednesday at 2 p.m.

With a record of 15-0-1, Suffield High is the top-seeded team in the tourney, but right behind them as a second seeded team is FCIAC champion Fairfield Ludlowe High School with a record of 13-0-3.

Starting the class LL tournament on the road this year will be the Greenwich High School girls soccer team. The No. 23 seeded Lady Cardinals (7-7-2) will travel to Tiger Hollow and face familiar foe Ridgefield High School. The Tigers enter the tourney with a 10-3-3 record.

The winner of the opening round matchup will play the winner of seventh-seeded Westhill High School against 26th seed Norwich Free Academy on Thursday afternoon at 2.

Just like their field hockey team, Glastonbury High School is the class LL overall top seed, as they enter States with a record of 15-1-0 in the regular season. St. Joseph is the highest FCIAC school in the tourney, as the Cadets are a No. 3 seed with a record of 12-1-3.

The Greenwich High School girls volleyball team will compete in the class LL tournament, however it certainly won’t feel that way to start. Big Red, with a regular season record of 13-6 will host No. 22 seed and fellow FCIAC foe Brien McMahon High School (8-11) Monday night at 6 p.m.

The winner will advance to the second round and compete against the winner of the battle of Stamford, as Stamford High School and Westhill High School play each other in their opening round.

Whatever team advances to the quarterfinals of class LL has a chance to battle third-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe High School, as the Falcons will play the winner of Norwich Free Academy and Glastonbury in the second round.

In addition to those teams starting their tournaments next weeks, three other Greenwich athletic teams will be in States as well.

The boys and girls cross-country team will travel to Manchester’s Wickham Park tomorrow afternoon for competition in the CIAC State Open cross-country meet. The girls meet will start first, as they take to the course at 2 p.m., while the boys meet will get underway at 2:45 p.m.

The Greenwich High School girls swimming and diving team will take to the pool at both Bulkley High School and Wesleyan University for competition in the CIAC class LL championships. The GHS divers will travel to Bulkley High on Nov. 6 for the diving portion of the finals that gets underway at 4:30 p.m.

On Nov. 12, the Lady Cardinals will compete at the Wesleyan University pool for competition in the class LL championships starting at 7 p.m. For Opens, the GHS divers will compete at Middletown High School on Nov. 13 for the Open title, while the swimming team will compete at Yale University on Nov. 15 for its Open championship.

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