Strong regular season ends, tourney next for LHS
Litchfield's Anna Dunn, right, and Wamogo's Abby Lutz battle for the ball during Litchfield's win on Thursday. John McKenna photos
The best regular season in years for Litchfield High's field hockey team ended Thursday with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wamogo at Watertown High School.
Litchfield improved to 10-4-1 and will play at Valley Regional in the first round of the Class S tournament on Tuesday. Wamogo (5-8-1-2) also made the tournament and will play at Bethel in a qualifying round game on Monday.
Litchfield was in the race for the Berkshire League championship until its hopes were dashed in a 2-1 loss to Nonnewaug on Wednesday at the Taft School in Watertown. Both games were played in Watertown because poor drainage at Plumb Hill Playing Fields rendered Litchfield's home field unplayable.
Casey Small gave Litchfield a 1-0 lead over Nonnewaug with a goal seven minutes in, but Nonnewaug would score twice in the first half to take the lead.
In the Wamogo game, Megan Smith and Brook Small scored in the first half for Litchfield. Sydney Cardello scored at the 22:09 of the second half for Wamogo, which pushed furiously for the equalizer but couldn't break the Cowgirls' defense.
Litchfield made a huge jump this season under coach Lily Toussaint, a 2012 Litchfield graduate. After going 5-8-3 last year, the Cowgirls moved to the upper echelon of the BL standings.
"We have eight seniors and a lot of strong juniors, so I knew we could challenge for first place," Toussaint said. "My players have worked really hard and hopefully we can do well in the tournament."
Wamogo's Madison Lowry moves the ball, with Litchfield's Riley Majeske in pursuit.
Litchfield coach Lily Toussaint has led her team to the Class S tournament.
Casey Small tracks the ball ahead of Marina Vlasto.
Amanda Small and goalie Sophia Graveline work to fend off a Wamogo attack.