Field hockey: Warriors get top seed for FCIAC playoffs

The Wilton High field hockey team has earned the top seed for the FCIAC playoffs, and will play eighth-seeded Trumbull at home in the quarterfinals on Friday at 4.

The semifinals will take place next Tuesday night at Brien McMahon.

Wilton (12-0-1-1) and Staples (12-0-2-0) finished tied for first in the FCIAC standings with 26 points.

The Warriors took the top seed based on the quality-win criteria, since they defeated third-seeded Darien (12-1-1-0) this season and Staples tied the Wave. The two teams had played to a scoreless tie in their regular-season match.

In addition to Wilton, Staples and Darien, the other top contender for the FCIAC title is fourth-seeded Norwalk (10-2-0-1), which handed Wilton it’s only FCIAC loss (2-1 in overtime).

In the latest MAX Field Hockey rankings for the Northeast (Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island), Staples is ranked fifth, Wilton seventh, Darien ninth and Norwalk 17th.

After Norwalk, the next four seeds are New Canaan (10-4-0-0), Greenwich (8-5-0-1), Fairfield Ludlowe (8-6-0-0) and Trumbull (7-6-0-0).

New Canaan played Cheshire (ranked 18th in the Northeast) to a 1-1 tie during the season, while Greenwich scored a win over Norwalk and Ludlowe beat Greenwich.

“It should be interesting. There’s a good, solid group in the top eight of the FCIAC,” said Wilton head coach Deirdre Hynes after her team’s regular-season finale on Tuesday.

The championship game is scheduled for next Thursday at 7 at Brien McMahon.