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Mid-Fairfield Girls Skate to State Title

The Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Stars 14-and-under girls hockey team won the state title with a dominating four-game sweep over two weekends. Mid-Fairfield outscored its opponents 25-1 and earned a berth in next month's regional tournament.

Goalies Emma Farrel of Cheshire and Annie DeFrino of Norwalk combined for a 0.963 save percentage to anchor the Stars.

The defense, which includes Taegan Blackwell of Fairfield and Sasha Fritts of Darien, held opponents to only 27 shots over the four games. The defense also contributed on the offensive end of the ice, scoring six goals in the four games. Fritts netted three goals, and Blackwell had one.

The forwards, including Nicole Lue of Norwalk, controlled the puck in the opponent zone leading to 140 shots and 25 goals over the four games. In their balanced attack, all nine forwards scored at least one goal in the tournament, with Catherine Crawley leading the way with four goals.

Special teams also played an important role in the tournament as the Stars power play teams went an impressive nine-for-21 for 42.8 percent efficiency, and their penalty kill teams went 13-for-13, or 100 percent efficiency.

Mid-Fairfield opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Northern Lights, followed by a 5-0 win over the Connecticut Polar Bears. The Stars beat Northern Lights again, 9-0, and finished the state tournament with a 4-1 win over the Polar Bears.

The Stars (36-4) are ranked No. 3 in the country. They will play for the Tier I U14 New England Regional Championship next month in Shelton. The winner will advance to the national tournament in April in Detroit.

Other players include Ashley Carbone, Madison Jerolman, Tiana Cass, Megan Wilmot, Leyna DiMarco, Sara McNamara, Lauren Ferraiuolo, Kateylyn Pantera, Ginamarie Mangiafridda, Katie Savage and Grace Jennings. The team is coached by Moe Tarrant, who is also the girls coach at Greenwich Academy. His assistant is Ryan Equale.

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