H.S. Roundup: Stonington advances to Class S field hockey semis
Stonington - Casey Williams scored off a rebound with 3 minutes, 16 seconds left in regulation Thursday afternoon, lifting Stonington High School to a 2-1 win over Haddam-Killingworth in the quarterfinals of the CIAC Class S field hockey tournament.
No. 3 Stonington (16-2) avenged a 2-0 loss to H-K in last season's Class S final. Stonington plays No. 2 Thomaston - a 1-0 winner over No. 10 Westbrook Thursday - in the semifinals next Tuesday or Wednesday at a neutral site.
No. 6 Haddam-Killingworth (13-5) scored first on Julia Babbitt's goal 9:31 into the game and led 1-0 at halftime.
Molly Crowley tied the game at 1-1, scoring off a rebound 13:01 into the second half.
"I think it took a little while for us to settle down,'' said Stonington coach Jenna Tucchio. "There's a lot of emotion in this game. Physically you prepare, but the emotional part is really hard to reel in. When we put that tying goal in that's when we really started to control the game.''
Stonington had the advantage in shots 16-5 and outshot H-K 11-0 in the second half. Annie Knizeski made four saves for Stonington.
"(H-K) is very strong and very fast and we tried to mark them as closely as we could,'' said Tucchio. "We didn't play any zone, which is a lot to ask in field hockey. But we knew that's what it would take.
"This is really satisfying. It says a lot about the girls and their mental toughness,'' said Tucchio. "Now we've got, hopefully, two more to play.''
• Montville advanced to the Class M quarterfinals for the fourth straight season with a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Sheehan in the second round.
Stephen Rogers scored both goals for the Indians (14-5), who await the winner of today's game between No. 3 Lewis Mills and No. 14 Ellington. The quarterfinal game will be played on Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Nick Strecker added an assist for Montville, which was outshot 15-10, and goalie Cory Meigs stopped seven shots to earn the shutout.
• Alex Bednarek scored two goals as No. 7 Berlin beat No. 10 East Lyme 3-0 in the Class L second round. Bednarek converted a penalty kick with 12 minutes left in the first half and the Redcoats broke the game open with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half.
"I'm proud of my team," said East Lyme coach Paul Christensen, whose Vikings won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division and tournament titles and finished 14-2-5. "They put everything forward, but it wasn't meant to be today. (Berlin) had a little more speed and were able to finish, but overall it was a successful season.
"I had a tremendous group, particularly the seniors, who provided great leadership and really carried us a long way."
• No. 2 Waterford's season came to an end when it fell to No. 11 Lyman Hall in the second round of the Class M tournament on penalty kicks (9-6) after playing to a 2-2 tie after regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.
The game was scoreless at halftime. Kevin Zeppieri of Waterford tied the game at 1-1 with 26 minutes left in the second half. Lyman Hall took a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick and Waterford's Aaron Schwartz, who assisted on Zeppieri's goal, scored on a penalty kick to tie the game with 7:48 left in regulation.
"After (Lyman Hall) scored on a penalty kick, we started to play loose,'' Waterford coach Joe Mendonca Jr. said. "We had chance after chance. We were attacking. We just couldn't get it in the back of the net.''
Waterford (16-3) outshot Lyman Hall 19-9. Making penalty kicks for Waterford were Zeppieri, Schneider Jean-Pierre, Schwartz, Connor Murphy, Max Wolfley and Brent Conderino.
"It's a little difficult,'' Mendonca Jr. said. "It's my third season here. We won five my first year, 13 my second year and 16 this season. So it's nice to see that the program has started to establish itself again.''
• Williams finished its season with a 4-2 victory over Watkinson. The Blues, who finished 3-10-3, picked up goals from Sotiraq Vangjeli, Xavier Mills, Doug Hamilton and Jack Fader while goalie Chris Collins made eight saves.
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