March 10, 2014
Friday’s semifinals are set in the CIAC Class LL and M tournaments — with one big surprise. In Class LL, No. 8 seed Westhill-Stamford stunned No. 1 Danbury 55-54; Westhill will meet No. 4 South Windsor in the semis. In the other LL semi, a familiar matchup and a rematch of last year’s final: Lauralton Hall-Mercy. Defending champ Mercy rallied to beat SCC rival Career 48-43 after rallying from a 10-point deficit. @NHRHenryC got Mercy coach’s Tim Kohs’ reaction . .In Class M, Shoreline Conference rivals Morgan and Cromwell will meet for the fourth time this year in the semifinals (Cromwell has won 2 of 3; one of the wins was seen on CPTV Sports); Holy Cross-New London is the other semi. . .The Class L and S quarterfinals are Thursday.
On the first day of the Class L and S tournaments, it didn’t take long for the boys to produce a dramatic finish. Farmington’s Obi Momah hit a three-pointer off the glass at the buzzer to beat Torrington 58-56 in Class L. Darien had the upset of the night, knocking out No. 7 Guilford 71-56 as Matt Staubi scored 32 points. Next for Darien is No. 10 Avon, which wiped out a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Bulkeley, 43-38. Bristol Central and Middletown advanced, setting up their third meeting of the season (h/t KRoberts23) . . .. In Class S, St. Bernard recovered after losing a late five-point lead in regulation to beat Tourtellotte 70-65 in overtime. St. Bernard gets No. 3 seed Sacred Heart, the third-ranked team in the state, in the next round. . . .The first round in Class LL and Class M is Tuesday.
The first night of CIAC Division III tournament play concluded with New Fairfield-Immaculate’s 4-3 double-overtime win over Westhill. In a minor upset, No. 11 seed Tri-Town eliminated No. 6 Housatonic, 2-0. . . The first round in Division II in Tuesday, Division I play starts Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac women fell short in their bid for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Marist 70-66 in the MAAC final in Springfield, Mass., after the Red Foxes rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit. . . Yale was honored at the White House for its 2013 NCAA men’s hockey title, with a special appearance by Secretary of State John Kerry (Yale ’66). The Bulldogs now prepare for this weekend’s best-2-of-3 ECAC quarterfinal series at rival Quinnipiac, the team Yale beat for the NCAA title.