Canton ties game in final minute, beats St. Paul in OT to earn Class S invitation

Canton’s Matthew Moraski (6) carries the ball upfield in Saturday’s overtime win over St. Paul to earn a spot in the upcoming Class S tournament. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

BRISTOL, May 20 – Junior Harry Mitchell took a pass from Chris Giancola with 1:24 left in overtime and scored to lift the Canton High boys lacrosse team to a 14-13 win over St. Paul and into the CIAC Class S tournament for the second straight year.

Jake Sullivan scored all three Canton goals in the fourth quarter including two in the final 1:54 of the contest to help erase a two-goal St. Paul lead and force overtime.

Canton (6-9) won three of their final four games to earn an invitation to the Class S tournament. On Wednesday, the Warriors beat Windsor, 15-4 and last week, Canton scored a school-record 21 goals in a 21-8 win over Wamogo-Litchfield.

St. Paul (8-8) ran out to a quick 4-0 but the Warriors didn’t panic. They scored six of the next eight goals in the game to tie the game at 6-6. C.J. Giancola had two goals while Sullivan and Matt Walzak had second period scores to tie the game.

Canton’s C.J. Giancola protects the ball in Saturday’s OT win over St. Paul. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

St. Paul led by three midway through the third period, 10-7. But Giancola scored to cut the lead to two before Sullivan had a pair of goals in 26 seconds to tie the game at 10-10.

Tucker Raymond had consecutive goals in the fourth quarter to give St. Paul a 13-11 lead with 7:21 remaining. Sullivan scored with 1:54 left to pull Canton within a goal before scoring with 0.19 seconds remaining to tie the game at 13-13 and send it into overtime.

Canton’s Matt Walzak tries to get around a St. Paul defender for a shot on goal in Saturday’s OT win over the Falcons. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton 14, St. Paul 13, OT
At Bristol
Canton             5  3  3  2  1  — 14
St. Paul             2  4  4  3  0  — 13

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