Last year’s SWC runner-up and Class S champion finished up a 15-1 regular season tonight, and Barlow’s still unbeaten in Connecticut. A strong first quarter made sure a less-dominant second and so-so third (except in goal, where Cooper Brown couldn’t have made better saves) wouldn’t cost the Falcons against Hand.
They were patient as usual in the first, taking their time to get the looks they wanted. “We worked the ball really well,” coach John Distler said. “We’re looking to get layups. We don’t really have the big outside shooters.”
At the same time, when they had opportunities to get the ball to the net, they took them. Jack Shaban in particular found holes and ran right into them.
“I think we run the field fairly well. We get a couple of goals that way every game,” Distler said.
So it’s on to the playoffs. In SWC Division 1, Barlow gets Monday off while New Milford and Brookfield face off for the right to play the Falcons on Tuesday at Newtown. Third-seeded Newtown and sixth-seeded Weston meet to decide who’ll get New Fairfield. The last two standing meet Thursday at Brookfield.
And then it’s states… albeit with a different look for Barlow.