The New Milford High School field hockey program has often enjoyed the sweet taste of championship through the decades.
The Green Wave dominated the old Western Connecticut Conference and has won numerous titles in the South-West Conference, including three in the past four seasons.
The latest came as the result of a dramatic 2-2 overtime deadlock with Lauralton Hall Nov. 6 at Pomperaug High in Southbury.
Despite their success, the NMHS girls have never won a state title. They've had some reasonable chances in recent years, and as coach (and former Green Wave player) Dawn Hough can readily vouch, once earned four silver plaques as runnersup in state tournaments during a six-year span under the guidance of legendary coach Fran Zaloski.
This week, the Green Wave stickgirls and their NMHS girls' soccer brethren, were bidding for state titles in their respective state events.
Coach Greg LaCava's 26th-seeded NMHS booters shrugged off a disappointing 8-8-2 regular season to edge seventh-seeded Cheshire, 1-0, in a Nov. 10 first-round match and then stunned 10th-ranked Amity Regional, 2-1, in Monday's second round match.
The Green Wave was set to hit the road again Wednesday to challenge second-ranked and unbeaten Middletown in a state Class LL quarterfinal match.
The survivor would advance to the state semis, scheduled Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
The girls' soccer final is slated for either Nov. 23 or 24, after the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Coach Hough's fourth-ranked field hockey crew followed up its SWC co-championship by edging Brien McMahon, 1-0, Friday, Nov. 9, on goaltender Meeghan Doris' shutout performance and Olivia Monteiro's goal.
The Green Wave once again received flawless efforts from goaltender Doris and her defensive mates Monday at Brookfield High as they outlasted fifth-ranked New Canaan 1-0 on Emily Sanders' goal with just 1:42 left in the third and final 10-minute overtime period.
Coach Hough and company headed to Weston High Wednesday to tangle with top-ranked Darien in the state semifinals.
The winner will play second-ranked Cheshire or third-seeded Simsbury in Saturday's title match, slated for Saturday at Wethersfield High School.
For more on the state tournament for all teams at New Milford and Shepaug Valley high schools, see next Friday's Greater New Milford Spectrum.
For more NMHS field hockey photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.