EAST LYME — The end of the season literally came at the end of the road Tuesday for both the Maloney girls soccer and the Sheehan field hockey teams.
Each squad was ousted from its respective CIAC state tournament in the first round. Each fell by a count of 3-0 — No. 20 Maloney by No. 13 East Lyme in Class L soccer, No. 13 Sheehan to No. 4 Pomperaug in Class M field hockey.
Sheehan, in its first season under head coach Katie Gil, finished 6-9-2.
Maloney, making its first postseason appearance since 2012 under head coach Eoin McClure, came away at 8-8-1.
The Spartans’ game with East Lyme was scoreless until the final minute of the first half, when Meredith Healy broke the ice for the Vikings.
East Lyme doubled the lead to 2-0 within the first two minutes of the second half on a goal by Sarina McCallum. Healy scored her second of the day with 17 minutes left to play.
East Lyme out-shot Maloney 13-3 and Abby Lespier came up with nine saves in net for the Spartans.
Lespier, a junior, was named All-Conference. Maloney also had All-CCC players in senior Liv Aitken and sophomore Mackenzie McCormack.
“I’m really proud of my team,” McClure remarked. “I’m going to miss our great senior leadership next year. It was a special year with some new accomplishments. We made the state tournament after seven years; we got three girls on the All-Conference team.
“I’m happy that the underclassmen got a taste of the postseason,” McClure added. “We will be hungry to get back there next year.”