DANBURY, Nov. 8 – The Immaculate High field hockey team scored two goals in the final 4:11 to pull away from No. 11 Canton and earn a 4-1 decision in the first round of the Class S state tournament Tuesday.
Leading by a goal, Immaculate’s Marissa Halkett scored off an assist from Lauren Garvey with 4:11 left to give the No. 6 Mustangs a two-goal cushion. Mackenzie Rizzo added a final goal with 35 seconds remaining.
Immaculate’s Angela Vodola gave Immaculate a 1-0 lead, scoring off an assist from Madison Halas with a little over seven minutes gone in the game. Canton’s Grace Giancola scored her team-leading 28th goal with 12:12 remaining in the first half to tie the game at 1-1 on a corner thanks to a pass from Emily Gabriellian.
Giancola finishes the season with a career-high 28 goals and 12 assists. It’s the most goals in a single season by a Canton player since Ali Gradisher scored 30 in 2002. Giancola finishes her Canton career with 61 goals, the fourth highest total in school history.
Immaculate advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to face No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth.
The Warriors (8-8-0-1, 6-2 NCCC) finished the season strong with four wins in their final five contests. The only loss was a 2-0 defeat to Haddam-Killingworth.
Last week, Canton got goals from five different players in a 7-2 win over Somers with Abby Charron scoring two goals. In the final regular season game of the season, the Warriors routed Southington, 7-0 with Giancola scoring three goals and gaining an assist. Ericka Nedderman had two goals in the victory.
Immaculate 4, Canton 1
Canton (8-8-0-1) 1 0 – 1
Immaculate (13-4) 1 3 – 4
Goals: Angela Vodola (I), Madison Halas (I), Marissa Halkett (I), Mackenzie Rizzo (I), Grace Giancola (C), Assists: Halas, Lauren Garvey (I), Vodola, Emily Gabriellian (C); Penalty corners: Canton, 7-4; Shots: Immaculate, 9-3; Saves: Jessica Szczepanski (C) 4, Lauren Oskam (I) 2