WALLINGFORD, May 27 – Wes Terzi and Danny James scored two goals each in the pivotal third period as the Sheehan High boys lacrosse team turned a two-goal advantage into an eight-goal lead and beat No. 18 Canton in the first round of the CIAC Class S tournament Saturday, 17-9.
No. 15 Sheehan (8-9) outscored Canton by a 7-1 margin in the third period to take a 13-5 lead. The host Titans led 6-4 at halftime but Sheehan scored the first four goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 10-4 lead.
Canton, making their second straight tournament appearance, fell behind 3-0 early on a pair of goals from Tony Lupo and a goal from Jake Smith. Matt Walzak put Canton on the scoreboard with a goal but Sheehan picked up two goals in the span of 35 seconds to take a 5-1 lead.
But Canton wasn’t deterred. Matt Moraski scored with 4:14 left in the first period to cut the lead to three goals, 5-2. In the second period, Canton’s Jake Sullivan scored with 9:15 remaining in the first half and Chris Giancola scored off an assist from Sullivan with 8:30 left to cut the Sheehan lead to one, 5-4.
The Titans got their only goal of the quarter from Trey Childers with 4:40 left to extend the lead to 6-4.
Walzak had three goals for Canton while Giancola, Moraski and Sullivan each had two goals and an assist. Chayce Lucca had a pair of assists for the Warriors.
Eight different players scored for Sheehan, which was led by Childers, Terzi and Alex Fic with three goals each. The Titans advance to the second round where they will face No. 2 Waterford (15-1) on Wednesday.
Sheehan 17, Canton 9
Canton (6-10) 2 2 1 4 — 9
Sheehan (8-9) 5 1 7 3 — 17
Goals: Matt Walzak (C) 3, Chris Giancola (C) 2, Jeff Sullivan (C) 2, Matt Moraski (C) 2; Tony Lupo (S) 2, Trey Childers (S) 3, Wes Terzi (S) 3, Alex Fic (S) 3, Danny Jones (S) 2, Jake Smith (S) 2, Andrew Viola (S), Hunter Derelli (S); Assists: Giancola (C), Jeff Sullivan (C), Chayce Lucca (C) 2, Moraski (C); Lupo (S), Terzi (S) 2, Jones (S) 2, Ben Naser (S) 2, Viola (S), Derelli (S); Saves: Charlie Parchen (C), Matt Naser (S) 11; Shots: Canton 37-34
Bill Brewster contributed to this report