Friday, November 8, 2019

Birds of a Feather F(l)hock Together

Tyler Roland

DHS Varsity Field Hockey tie at 0-0 to become co-FCIAC champs
<p>Darien’s Molly Hellman (2) controls the ball as Staples’ Jessica Leon (20) defends during the FCIAC field hockey final between Darien and Staples at Brien McMahon on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.</p>
Molly Hellman has the ball in her control against Staples.  Photo by Dave Stewart, Hearst
Last Thursday, despite two overtimes, Darien Varsity Girls Field Hockey was unable to overpower their Staples opponents, resulting in a tie with no points scored and a sharing of the FCIAC crown. 

“Staples is a really good team,” forward Catie Duggan said. “Strong opponent, with equal skills.  It was definitely hard after 80 minutes of play to settle with a tie because we know we’re better. But we are very excited about the co-championship title.”

Center defender, senior, Charlotte Domittner had some thoughts on the game as well: “Going into the game I can say that every single one of us was nervous because we wanted to win so badly, to prove that we were the better team. The game was not like any other, it was the biggest game of every seniors high school career so far. It was our year to win. The game was hard fought on both sides. Both teams had opportunities to score, but neither capitalized on those opportunities. When the game went into overtime, and then double overtime it was more than stressful, especially for the 14 players on the field knowing that one missed trap, or one bad pass could cost us the game.” 

After their home game against Cheshire in the state tournament on 11/13, the team will tentatively move on to the quarterfinals, semifinals, and hopefully the championship.

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