Two hockey teams, and one apiece in girls and boys basketball, remain alive for state championship contention.
No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield’s girls will meet third-seeded Haddam-Killingworth Monday at Sheehan HS in Wallingford. The Lancers 22-4– 22-2 against without the name “Lauralton”– and are one win from their first state-title game since 2007.
No. 13 Fairfield co-op hockey is the story of the winter championship season here. The co-op team has won two straight Division II tournament games against higher-seeded competition, including its 4-3 double-overtime win over Branford.
The team’s story has been sophomore goalie Kyle Greenhunt. Greenhunt only played one regular-season game this year– and looked nervous in Fairfield’s 8-5 win over Staples-Weston-Shelton– but has been outstanding spelling injured Connor Frawley.
Fairfield is one win from its first state title since 2008. The co-op team will meet North Branford Monday– which it lost 5-2 against on Jan. 5– at 5:30 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven.
Fairfield Prep is the top seed in both Division I hockey and Class LL basketball. The basketball team will trek to Wilby to meet No. 5 East Hartford Tuesday night in Waterbury.
Three of the final four Class LL clubs hail in the SCC– with both Hillhouse and Xavier serving as Prep’s conference rival. The LL final will be this weekend at Mohegan Sun.
Last but not least, Wednesday’s Division I hockey semis will open with Prep vs. Ridgefield at 5:30 at Ingalls.
The Jesuits blitzed the Tigers 6-1 on Dec. 12 in Bridgeport. The winner will play the winner of the nightcap– ND-West Haven vs. Darien.
That final will be March 19 at Ingalls at 7 p.m.
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper. Follow him on Twitter here.