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Branford Field Hockey Coach Cathy McGuirk Wins 500th Game



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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