NEW MILFORD — The New Milford High School field hockey team brings back an experienced core of players and appears primed to remain one of the Southwest Conference’s best teams.

The Green Wave were 7-5-1-2 last season and had a big win in the SWC Tournament quarterfinals. New Milford lost 1-0 to eventual SWC champ Newtown in the quarters and fell to eventual Class L co-champ Staples in the first round of the CIAC Class L Tournament.

“Last year’s performance has the team feeling confident about the possibilities for this year,” Coach Dawn Hough said.

This year Hough has a roster that features seven returning starters who appear willing to do what ti takes to succeed.

“Many of the players went to camps and conditioning over the summer to make the most of the upcoming season,” Hough said. “We have many players who saw a good deal of play last season. We are looking for those players to lead the way for the youngsters to have a smooth transition.”

The Green Wave opened the season Tuesday against Joel Barlow to start a busy week. New Milford faces Pomperaug on Thursday and Bethel on Saturday, both on the road.

New Milford then plays at Newtown on Sept. 19 and against Watertown of the Naugatuck Valley League on Sept. 22 before playing its second home game of the season Sept. 25 against Pomperaug.

Other schedule highlights include non-league games with FCIAC power New Canaan, which is the defending Class M champ, and Conard of the CCC.

“We break the season into three seasons, regular season, SWC Tournament and CIAC Tournament,” Hough said. “Our goal is to work hard every day to improve as individuals and a team, whether a practice or game day.”