It makes for an interesting debate, but we are going to let you decide with the vote for the Overtime Fall Team of the Year, sponsored by BlueStreak Sports Training, Garden Catering and The Stamford Advocate.
We have selected a field of five finalists, and you can pick the team you think was the most outstanding for the past three months. The winning team will receive a plaque and T-Shirts with its school logo and colors on the front.
Here are your choices:
THE DARIEN FIELD HOCKEY TEAM: The Blue Wave were one of the most dominant teams in any sport, finishing with a 22-0 mark and winning both the FCIAC and Class M state titles. They outscored their opponents by a remarkable 141-9 margin to improve the program’s mark to 74-0-1 in the last 75 games.
THE STAPLES BOYS SOCCER TEAM: The Wreckers built on a proud tradition by winning their 27th FCIAC title, going 15-0-1 after a 1-2 start. They advanced to the championship game of the Class LL Tournament before falling to Farmington, 2-1, to finish 20-3-1. Staples ended up with 12 shutouts.
THE NEW CANAAN GIRLS SWIMMING TEAM: The Rams produced one of the most stunning moments of the year when they won the FCIAC title for the first time since 1997, and did so in resounding fashion, finishing with 488 points, nearly 200 more than runner-up Greenwich. The Rams then went on to win the Class L title before being edged out by the Cardinals to finish second at the State Open.
THE GREENWICH GIRLS SOCCER TEAM: After losing to Darien in the second game of the regular season, the Cardinals went 14-0-3 during the rest of the conference schedule, climaxed by a hard-fought 1-0 double-overtime win over Westhill in the FCIAC final. Greenwich allowed just seven goals all year before falling to Hall on penalty kicks in the second round of the Class LL Tournament.
THE ST. JOSEPH FOOTBALL TEAM: The Cadets rebounded from a 1-2 start to win six of their final seven regular-season games to qualify for the Class S playoffs. They then turned into an offensive juggernaut, scoring at least 44 points in their three tournament games, climaxed by a 49-28 rout of Ansonia for their second straight state title.
A quick note about the field: we set up two rules. First, a team had to win at least a league or state title. Second, to give teams the best chance of winning, we decided to have just one team per school. That caused the hardest choices, two in particular: picking the Darien field hockey team ahead of the football team, and by far the decision we labored over most because they are virtual equals, selecting the Greenwich girls soccer team over the volleyball team.
So there are your five candidates. The voting will continue until noon on Friday, when we will announce the Overtime Fall Team of the Year.