A look at the CIAC field hockey state championship matchups. CLASS L When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Where: Wethersfield High. Seeds\/Records: No. 1 Darien (22-0) vs No. 2 Wilton (18-2-1). Tickets: Adults $10, Students $5, Senior Citizens $5, Children five and under; military in uniform or with I.D., Free. Digital Tickets Only (no cash sales at event) can be bought in advance at https:\/\/gofan.co\/app\/school\/CIAC ON THE AIR\/WEB: NFHS Network (Subscription required) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCES Darien: 15th appearance, 10-4 overall. Class L \u2013 1981 def. Simsbury 1-0; 1982 lost 2-1 to Greenwich 2-1 (PS); 1984 def. Cheshire 1-0; 2012 def. Cheshire 4-0; 2013 def. Cheshire 3-1; 2014 co-champs with Glastonbury 1-2 (2OT); 2016 co-champs with Staples 0-0 (2OT); 2017 lost to Staples 1-0; 2019 lost to Staples 4-2; Class M \u2013 2004 lost to Branford 3-1; 2007 def. Pomperaug 3-2; 2008 def. Wilton 2-1; 2009 def. New Canaan 3-0; 2010 def. Hand 3-2. Wilton: 11th appearance, 6-4 overall. Class L \u2013 1976 def. South Windsor 2-1; 2015 def. Cheshire 1-0 (OT); 2021 lost to New Canaan 3-1; Class M \u2013 2003 lost to New Canaan 2-1; 2006 def. Hand 2-0; 2008 lost to Darien 2-1; 2011 def. Branford 2-1; 2012 def. Guilford 3-0; 2013 def. Lauralton Hall 1-0 (OT); 2014 lost to Hand 2-1. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Darien, which defeated Staples 3-0 in the FCIAC final, is dominating both ends of the field and has outscored opponents 114-6. \u2026The Blue Wave defense has produced 14 shutouts. \u2026In the regular season, Darien defeated FCIAC rival Wilton 4-1. \u2026The Warriors lost to FCIAC tournament runnerup Staples in the semifinals. \u2026Wilton also excels on both ends of the field, outscoring opponents 100-16 with 11 shutouts. YOU SHOULD KNOW The Warriors had to beat three FCIAC rivals to get to the final \u2013 Trumbull in the first round, Ridgefield in the quarterfinals and New Canaan in the semifinals. After losing to Darien 4-1 on Oct. 4 the Warriors have gone 10-1-1, including postseason games. CLASS M When: Saturday, Noon. Where: Wethersfield High. Seeds\/Records: No. 6 New Milford (13-4-3) vs No. 9 Branford (15-5-1-1). Tickets: Adults $10, Students $5, Senior Citizens $5, Children five and under; military in uniform or with I.D., Free. Digital Tickets Only (no cash sales at event) can be bought in advance at https:\/\/gofan.co\/app\/school\/CIAC ON THE AIR\/WEB: NFHS Network (Subscription required) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCES New Miilford: 5th appearance, 0-4 overall. 1978 lost to Cheshire 1-0; 1980 lost to North Branford 2-0; 1981 lost to Cheshire 1-0; 1983 lost to Enfield 1-0 (OT). Branford: 15th appearance, 10-4 overall: Class L \u2013 1987 lost to Cheshire 2-1; 1995 lost to Amity 1-0; Class M \u2013 1984 lost to Enfield 2-0; 1985 def. Stonington 1-0; 1986 def. East Lyme 1-0; 1988 def. Pomperaug 2-0; 1989 co-champs with Pomperaug (1-1); 1990 def. Pomperaug 2-0; 1991 def. Stonington 2-1; 2001 def. Pomperaug 4-1; 2002 def. Farmington 2-0; 2004 def. Darien 3-1; 2005 def. Hand 1-0; 2011 lost to Wilton 2-1. WHAT TO LOOK FOR This shapes up as a game destined to go to overtime with both defenses hitting another gear in the Class M tournament. Neither team has allowed a goal on the way to the final. New Milford beat East Lyme 4-0 (first round), Fitch 1-0 (quarterfinals) and Wethersfield 2-0 (semifinals). Branford defeated Brookfield 1-0 (first round), pulled off an upset with 1-0 win over SCC rival and three-time defending Class M champion Guilford 1-0 (quarterfinals) and had a 1-0 win over SCC rival Hand (semifinals) . \u2026 Branford entered the CIAC tournament with 11 shutouts and New Miilford had nine. YOU SHOULD KNOW The Hornets prepared for the postseason with a strong regular season schedule with its four losses against some notable competition. They opened the season with a 3-0 loss to FCIAC power New Canaan, lost 2-1 to three-time defending champion Guilford, lost 3-0 to Class L finalist Wilton and lost 1-0 to recent SCC tournament champion Cheshire. The Hornets also had a 3-2 overtime loss to North Branford, a Class S finalist. CLASS S When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Where: Wethersfield High. Seeds\/Records: No. \u00a01 North Branford (20-1) vs No. 3 Stonington (15-2-1). Tickets: Adults $10, Students $5, Senior Citizens $5, Children five and under; military in uniform or with I.D., Free. Digital Tickets Only (no cash sales at event) can be bought in advance at https:\/\/gofan.co\/app\/school\/CIAC ON THE AIR\/WEB: NFHS Network (Subscription required) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCES North Branford: 8th appearance, 5-2 overall. Class M \u2013 1980 def. New Milford 2-0; 1987 lost to Stonington 2-1; Class S \u2013 1981 co-champions with Pomperaug (0-0); 2006 def. Haddam-Killingworth 1-0 (OT); 2017 def. Granby 2-1; 2019 lost to Granby 1-0; 2021 def. Stonington 2-0. Stonington: 7th appearance, 2-4 overall. Class M \u2013 1985 lost to Branford 1-0; 1987 def. North Branford 2-1; 1991 lost to Branford 2-1; Class S \u2013 2012 lost to Haddam-Killingworth 2-0; 2013 def. Granby 1-0; 2021 lost to North Branford 2-0. WHAT TO LOOK FOR This will be an interesting game with two veteran coaches facing off (North Branford coach Babby Nuhn and Stonington coach Jenna Tucchio) with a smidgen of motivation thrown in for players on both teams. North Branford closed its regular season against the Bears and Stonington won 1-0. You might have noticed in the championship game appearance section above that the Thunderbirds defeated the Bears in last season\u2019s Class S final. YOU SHOULD KNOW In that regular season matchup, Stonington goalie Madi Allard had nine saves and North Branford goalie Madi DiStefano had six saves. The goalies and on-field defense dominated the game with Marina Lewandowski providing the game-winning goal in the fourth quarter.