High School Sports

COVID-19 Issues Cause FCIAC Playoff Withdrawls

The New Canaan field hockey team has been forced to pull out of the FCIAC playoffs due to COVID issues.

Both the Westhill boys soccer and New Canaan field hockey teams have forfeited their FCIAC playoff games tomorrow because of COVID-19-related issues.

Additionally, the Darien field hockey team will be forced to play shorthanded tomorrow because its starters have been forced into quarantine.

The FCIAC is trying its best to finish the fall season, which is due to end on Thursday.

FCIAC commissioner Dave Schulz confirmed the withdrawal by Westhill.

The Vikings were scheduled to play at Greenwich tomorrow for the West Regional title. The Cardinals will be declared the champions.

The Rams were supposed to host Stamford tomorrow in a Central Region field hockey semifinal. The Black Knights will be declared the winner and advance to the final.

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New Canaan coach Mary Clare Snediker said she learned on Saturday that because of cases at the school her program would have to go into quarantine.

Snediker, whose team was 8-1-1, with a pair of wins over rival Darien, painted a glass-half-full picture of the situation.

“Especially coming off such a great week where we beat Darien and Greenwich to secure the top seed going into the playoffs, everyone was super excited firing on all cylinders,” Snediker said. “Then to have the abrupt ending to our season and the disappointing news was definitely a shock. But we played all season with the mentality that this could happen to us at any point so we don’t have any regrets. We’re thankful for the time we did get. I’m so impressed with how maturely and proud my kids have been handling the big disappointment.”

The situation with New Canaan could affect Stamford’s opponent in Thursday’s regional final. The Darien players who participated in the game against the Rams have been forced to quarantine. The Blue Wave will face Greenwich in tomorrow’s semifinals with a team comprised of subs and JV players.


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