The Ridgefield Lions Bantam A hockey team is headed south. Ridgefield defeated Wonderland, 3-1, on March 5 to win the Connecticut Tier II state tournament and clinch a spot in next month\u2019s USA Hockey National Championship in Coral Springs, Fla. The Lions won all five of their tournament games, outscoring the opposition by a combined 22-4. "I teach them the importance of doing all the little things correctly and to give 110% on every shift," said head coach Mike Schneider. "I instill in them the importance of trusting their teammates to execute.\u201d "The Connecticut state championship is a tremendous achievement, built through years of hard work and dedication," said Michael Luft, president of the Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association. "It is a testament to all of the RAHA coaches, players, and parents who stuck together over the years and committed themselves to something great.\u201d Ridgefield opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over East Haven and then shut out both Hamden, 7-0, and New Canaan, 6-0. The Lions beat Yale, 2-1, in the semifinals before topping Wonderland in the title game. Ridgefield went 22-4-1 during the regular season and won its division at the International Silver Stick New England regionals in Bridgeport. The Lions also placed second at the CanAm Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. \u201cWe had solid performances and significant contributions from every player on the team," said assistant coach Jeff MacDonald, "and our goaltending (Catie Boudiette, Ryan Maguire) was the best in the league.\u201d That\u00a0runner-up finish at the CanAm event served as motivation. \u201cWe learned we were beatable if we didn\u2019t give it our all,\u201d said CJ Stafford, one of the team\u2019s captains along with Michael Thompson, Kevin McNicholas and Boudiette. \u201cIf we want to win, we\u2019re going to have to leave it all on the ice every time we play.\u201d In addition to its goalies and captains, Ridgefield\u2019s squad also includes Matthew Ambrosio, Toby Berner, Jack Caiola, Samantha DeLeo, Tyler Everitt, Giancarlo Faraci, Drew Greeley, Taylor MacDonald, Shane McCaghey, Patrick Rigby, William Stewart, Brody Trew, Bryce Wallace, and Kees van Wees.