The Fairfield co-op girls' ice hockey team -- drawing players from Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe since the late 1990s -- did not lose many starters from last year's team that went 6-11. But those losses through graduation claimed both captains -- Steph Gabriel, their starting goalie for the last two seasons, and Nikki Szymanski.
Coach Paul Kelly, in his fifth year, has seven players returning with experience, including senior captains Gabby Bochenczyk, a center, Paige Reynolds (forward), Tabbey Cascella (center) and Casey Crowley (forward). An influx of freshman players, which does not occur every year, will add to Fairfield's depth and provide promise for stronger seasons in the future. Among the newcomers, Kelly is most encouraged by ninth-grade defenders Sarah Powlishen, with her puck handling skills, and Courtney Sheets, who brings strong skating.