Top 10 town teams in 2012
Updated 10:48 pm, Friday, December 28, 2012
Fans around Greenwich are accustomed to success in sports, but 2012 was a particularly strong year with teams winning conference, state, New England and nationals titles.
The year was so successful that the regular season unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Greenwich High baseball team, state champion girls lacrosse and swimming teams, FAA champion Greenwich Academy lacrosse team along with several other quality teams did not make our list of top 10 teams for 2012.
1. Greenwich boys golf
The Greenwich boys golf team had its most successful season in program history and will return most of its talent this spring.
The Cardinals completed an undefeated season by winning the CIAC Division I Boys Golf Championship at Tall Wood Country Club in Hebron, scoring a 299. It was the first Division I title for Greenwich since 2004
The Cardinals also convincingly won the FCIAC title, posting an eye-opening team aggregate score of 290.
Junior Danny Guise, who was named the FCIAC Player of the Year, shot a 2-under-par 69 for the Cardinals, who were the runner-up behind New Canaan last spring and Staples in 2010.
2. Greenwich Academy squash
Forced to settle for second at last year's New England championships, the Gators entered the season determined to add a 15th regional title to their collection.
After winning their fifth consecutive U.S. High School championship at Yale University, Greenwich Academy captured the New England Interscholastic Squash Association Class A title at Groton School, completing a perfect season.
3. Greenwich rugby
Greenwich beat Fairfield Prep 31-10 to win the state title for the fifth time and completed the first undefeated season for the rugby team.
Greenwich beat national powerhouse Xavier 31-22 in front of a packed house at Cardinal Stadium.
It was the first victory for Greenwich over Xavier since 1999.
4. Greenwich boys tennis
The undefeated Cardinals were the top-ranked team in the state for a reason.
Receiving outstanding play from its singles players and a big win from its No. 2 doubles team, top-seeded Greenwich defeated second-seeded Staples 4-1 in the championship match of the FCIAC tournament at Wilton High School. The Cardinals claimed their second straight league championship trophy and 10th in 11 years.
Greenwich then went on to claim the Class LL state title with senior and No. 1 seed Tyler Kratky capturing the LL singles crown thanks to a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
5. Greenwich Academy field hockey
Greenwich Academy won the NEPSAC Class A title with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime victory over top-seeded rival Hotchkiss.
The Gators' thrilling win broke Hotchkiss' stranglehold on the NEPSAC Class A title. The Bearcats had won the New England Class A championship 10 consecutive years and defeated GA for the title the past two seasons.
6. Brunswick squash
Brunswick, which placed second at the U.S. High School National Squash Championships, won its latest New England championship with a team score of 112 points, 12 ahead of runner-up Belmont Hill School.
Alex Baldock won the New England title in the No. 4 division, as did Michael Petrick (No. 5), Reid Breck (No. 6) and Will MacFarlane (No. 7). Hayes Murphy (No. 1), Cooper Briggs (No. 2) and Benton Turner (No. 3) each advanced to the semifinals.
7. Greenwich girls indoor track
The Cardinals won their first FCIAC championship since the 1979-80 season.
The girls went on to place second at the Class LL meet, fifth at the State Open and qualified athletes to compete in both the New England and national championships.
As a result of the teams' accomplishments Dubin was named FCIAC Indoor Track Coach of the year.
At nationals, Abby Markowitz qualified in the 800, her sister Elizabeth made it in the 400, Jenny Goggin qualified in the 800 and the 4x400 relay team of Elizabeth Markowitz, Cate Wright, Naomi Leeds and Amanda Michaud also made the trip to nNationals.
Abby finished a stellar career at GHS by winning the 1000, 1600 and 3200 at FCIACs and the 1000 and 1600 at the Class LL meet.
8. Convent of the Sacred Heart basketball
The Convent of the Sacred Heart last won the FAA girls basketball championship in 1989 until it did it again last season, defeating School of the Holy Child 63-45 for the FAA championship.
9. Brunswick baseball
With the state's No. 1 team playing across town all spring, the Brunswick baseball team quietly went about its business and in the end was the only baseball team in town to bring home some hardware.
The second-seeded Bruins, who used solid relief pitching from senior left-hander Henry Polak and senior shortstop Jack Voigt and a hard-hitting offense that never stopped tacking on runs, pulling away for a 10-5 victory over No. 1 Hopkins to capture the FAA championship.
The Greenwich girls soccer team won their third straight FCIAC title with a 1-0 win over No. 1 Trumbull.
The Cardinals shared the title with St. Joseph, which defeated Ridgefield 2-1 in the other semifinal at Testa Field in Norwalk.
Sarah Mischanti was the anchor of a defense that was the heart and soul of the Cardinals' run this season.
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