They Are The Champions!

It’s very tough to win a high school state championship.

It’s even tougher to repeat.

But the Staples field hockey team did just that this afternoon. Coach Ian Tapsall’s girls decisively shut out Cheshire 2-0, to capture their 2nd consecutive class “L” (largest schools) crown. It’s the 3rd in the program’s history, following a co-championship in 2016.

State champs — again! The Staples High School field hockey team.

A couple of hours later, coach Barry Beattie’s girls soccer team fell 1-0 to Ridgefield, in the title match. It was the 2nd straight year that the 2 FCIAC schools met in the “LL” (largest schools) final — and the 2nd straight win for the Tigers.

Congratulations to both teams, for great runs.

And, of course, kudos to coach Laddie Lawrence’s boys cross country squad. Earlier this year they captured the “LL” title — their 3rd in a row. In 2015 and ’16, they were also state open champions.

7 responses to “They Are The Champions!

  1. Charles Taylor


  2. Lily Bloomingdale

    Technically it’s their third in a row, although in 2016 they were co-champions with Darien (game ended in a tie after double overtime). That is 2016 Co-Champions, 2017 Champions and 2018 Champions, so I’m counting that as a consecutive three-pete! Great game by both teams and kudos to Cheshire’s strong defense!

  3. Congrats to our girls and this should hopefully lay to rest any question in the field hockey world who the best coach is in the Fciac and in the State!!! Go Wreckers!!!!!

  4. Staples field hockey team 3-peat. Amazing. Congrats to the ladies who dominated today.

    And congrats to Ian-who should have been coach of the year.

  5. Congratulations to all the Fall sports teams and Staples Players – well done!