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Branford Field Hockey Coach Cathy McGuirk Wins 500th Game

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The Branford field hockey team with head coach Cathy McGuirk following her 500th victory (photo by Bill O'Brien)

Branford field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk won her 500th game on September 9 as Caroline Murphy scored twice and Megan Shea added two assists in a 3-0 SCC win over Sacred Heart Academy.

McGuirk, in her 38th season as the Hornets’ coach, improved her overall record to 500-111-62-9. Her husband John McGuirk has been her assistant for 35 seasons.  Under Cathy McGuirk’s watch, Branford has won 10 state championships, including four straight Class M titles from 1988-91. The Hornets have made the state tournament 35 consecutive years, reached the semifinals 27 times, and the state finals 14 times, including eight straight appearances from 1984-91 (winning six times).  McGuirk has led Branford to 16 conference championships with seven coming in the old Housatonic League and the next nine in the Southern Connecticut Conference.

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