Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame announces 2022 inductees

Action from the 2018 Class L state championship field hockey game in Wethersfield.

Action from the 2018 Class L state championship field hockey game in Wethersfield.

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The Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its seven Class of 2022 inductees.

The inductees are Glastonbury High coach Maureen Perkins; Granby High player Abby Bascetta; Boston University player Kate Conover Caulfield (who also played at Cheshire High); Pomperaug High player Jaimie Orrico; umpire Kelly Lynn Braza (who played at Westbrook); UMass-Lowell player Ashley Smith (who played at Haddam-Killingworth); and Hartford Courant sportswriter Lori Riley, who earned an honorary induction.

They will be officially inducted at the 22nd annual Field Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Aqua Turf in Southington on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. Cocktails will be available at 3 p.m. Tickets are $60 each. For reservation information contact Terri Ziemnicki at HockeyCoachTAZ@cox.net.

Perkins began coaching at Glastonbury in 1999 and her teams have earned 11 CCC titles and two Class L state titles (co-champs with Pomperaug in 2010, co-champs with Darien in 2014). She continues to coach and has an overall record of 291-64-21-14.

Bascetta was a four-year starting midfielder at Granby from 2007-10 and finished with 89 goals and 25 assists. She led Granby to Class S titles in 2007, ’09 and ’10. She went on to play at Boston College.

Conover Caulfield played defense for Boston University from 1997-2000 and led her team to the America East Conference title in 1999 and 2000. She was a four-year starter at Cheshire and in her senior season led the Rams to the Class L state title in 1996 (co-champs with Simsbury). She was named the New Haven Register MVP in 1996.

Orrico, a three-sport standout at Pomperaug, ended her 2007 senior season with 65 career goals and 82 career assists. In 2007 she led Pomperaug to a 19-2 record, losing to Darien in the Class M championship game. She went on to play midfield and defense at Northwestern University.

Smith was a four-year starter in three sports at Haddam-Killingworth and led her team to the 2005 Class S championship game (co-champs with Lewis Mills). She went on to play defender for four years at UMass-Lowell and in her senior season was named a Longstreth/NFHCA first-team All-American.

Braza has served as a high school field hockey official for 23 years. She officiated at the college level for one year and has been the vice president of the CT Field Hockey Officials Board and assignor for her region for the past 12 years. She has also worked as a lacrosse official for 18 years, serving as an assignor for eight of those years.

Riley was hired by The Courant in 1989 and covers local sports.