Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

As for next season, Southington has the potential to return all but one player from this year’s roster. On the other hand, Verderame knows that some college players will go on to play in other leagues.

“I told them all that they are welcome to come back and play for us any time. I think that, if we can keep this group together, we’d be the favorites to win it all next year,” said the coach. “It was a great season. I’m proud of the kids for what they did, and we made a good run. I think we made a lot of people proud.”

With the losses, Southington (24-7) finished as the state runners-up. Branford (32-1) will advance to the regional tournament.

“It was so great to have the support that the fans and the citizens of Southington have showed us by coming out to see us and making the trip to Stamford to see us play. It was great, and we appreciated it,” said the coach. “I’m proud of my players for the way they represent themselves and the class they showed. We did it the right way. We work hard, and it was awesome to see how many phone calls and messages I received and the support of our fans. I think we had more fans than Branford did at the state tournament. It was a good thing they did for the town.”

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@ southingtonobserver.com.

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