SOUTHBURY – Not even being in the unfamiliar role as the underdog – albeit a slight one – could stop Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team from coming out on top in the South-West Conference tournament. Second-seeded Newtown avenged a regular-season loss to No. 1 Brookfield to win the SWC’s Division I championship in a 12-8 triumph on the turf at Pomperaug High on May 29.
For the second day in a row, Mother Nature is playing games with tournament competition. A trio of South-West Conference schools — Masuk of Monroe, New Milford, and Pomperaug of Southbury — were closed on Wednesday, May 28, as a result of power outages caused by strong winds the night before, Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon said.
It was a close battle on Wednesday night in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinal game between Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team and the visiting New Fairfield Rebels. It was a game of catch-up for New Fairfield until Newtown pulled away at the end of the game, earning a 13-11 win at Blue & Gold Stadium. Newtown, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, led No. 3 New Fairfield throughout nearly the entire game, starting fast with three quick goals within the first ten minutes.
For straight ten years, Maura Fletcher has not only coached the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team to success in the playoffs, but she’s gotten her Nighthawks into the South-West Conference finals every time. Fletcher, whose teams emerged victorious in each of the first nine SWC pinnacle games heading into the most recent title game (Thursday’s scheduled clash with top-seeded Brookfield) decided to make this one her last.
Pomperaug of Southbury has been Newtown High School’s golf team’s proverbial thorn in the side for several years. A one-stroke loss to those Panthers in their regular-season match, in Southbury, earlier this year proved to the Nighthawks that they can overcome their rivals and perhaps gave them a little extra desire to overtake the Panthers in the South-West Conference championship match. A taste of success — nipping Pomperaug in the Coaches Cup, a two-ball event at Rock Ridge Country Club on May 27 — gives them a boost of confidence heading into the scheduled May 30 conference championship.
Both of Newtown High School’s scheduled lacrosse playoff games, as well as the South-West Conference track and field championships and the SWC’s individual tennis tournaments have been postponed. Originally to have taken place today, Tuesday, May 27, these events are now slated for Wednesday, May 28. The threat of severe thunderstorms caused the changes.
Newtown High School’s softball team had its South-West Conference Tournament semifinal-round contest with Lauralton Hall moved from Tuesday, May 27 to the next night. The Nighthawks will face Lauralton at Stratford’s DeLuca Field for a 7 pm first pitch on Wednesday, May 28.
Crisp defense, solid pitching, and one timely hit made the difference in the South-West Conference tournament opener for Newtown High School’s softball team. The fifth-seeded Nighthawks pulled out a 1-0 nail-biter over host Pomperaug, the tourney’s fourth seed, in their quarterfinal round game on Memorial Day, May 26. The contest, originally scheduled for May 24, was postponed due to wet field conditions. The change set up a back-to-back game day scenario for the winner with a May 27 semifinal clash against top-seeded Lauralton Hall of Milford (4 pm at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield).
Newtown High School’s baseball team visited Notre Dame-Fairfield in the South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, May 24. The fourth-seeded Lancers defeated the No. 5 Nighthawks 4-2. The Newtown softball team, also seeded fifth, won its conference tourney opener with a 1-0 blanking of host Pomperaug of Southbury, the No. 4 team, on May 26.
Tournament on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, and girls and boys from town brought home several trophies for their success on the pitch. Newtown entered 16 teams and had nine division winners and a trio of second-place finishers. The tournament brought 126 teams (nearly 2,000 players) and 100 or so coaches to fields throughout town.