New Canaan senior Lily Farriss celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half of the Rams’ 3-0 win over Stamford on Tuesday. — Dave Stewart photo
On a day when the New Canaan field hockey team celebrated its 12 seniors, the Rams moved two points closer to clinching an FCIAC tournament berth.
Receiving goals from a freshman, sophomore and senior, New Canaan was in control from start to finish, blanking the Stamford Black Knights 3-0 during Senior Day at Dunning Field on Tuesday.
After a rough stretch which saw them drop successive games to Norwalk, Darien and Staples, the Rams have now won back-to-back games and have seemingly righted the ship.
“I think they’re finding their energy again and they’re finding how to reconnect with themselves, especially after quite a few tough games,” New Canaan head coach Kelly Marks said. “We were prepared for them, but we kind of got into a little bit of a lull so now we’re working our way out of it. Today was a good showing of that with their energy levels. It’s senior day and they’re finally starting to come back out again.”
The Rams (8-4-0-1 overall, 8-3-0-1 FCIAC) are in the middle of the pack in the conference playoff race and can nail down a tournament bid with two points in their remaining games against Ludlowe and Trumbull. They’ll also face New Milford in a non-conference match-up.
Stamford (3-8-1-1, 3-6-1-1) was coming in after a stretch of three games in which they picked up five points, winning against Danbury and Westhill while losing in overtime to Warde.
This latest game was owned by New Canaan, however, as the Rams scored twice in the first 12 minutes and were never challenged for the lead.
Senior Lily Farriss, who had a goal and an assist, set up the first goal, scored by freshman Zoey Bennett.
Sophomore Marlee Smith then knocked in a goal during a scramble, with senior Campbell Connors assisting to make it 2-0.
The score remained there until the 9:11 mark of the second half, when Farriss scored unassisted, hitting the turf as the ball slammed into the cage and started a New Canaan celebration.
It was a great win to honor the seniors, many of whom helped lead the team to the state finals last year.
“It’s so huge for the seniors,” Marks said. “I’ve got a large team and there are a lot of girls who don’t get as much playing time. Today really showed that. These girls are going in and they’re going in full-hearted. It’s their day to shine and for the younger classmen to really support the upperclassmen.”
New Canaan’s roster features numerous underclassmen, but Marks pointed out that the team’s energy comes from the leaders, including senior co-captains Meghan Mitchell, Celia Sokolowski, Brielle Connelly, and Gaeta.
“For this team, the vibe comes from the top down and they’ve all been very supportive in that way,” the coach said. “That’s all I can ask for with this team is good energy from the top. It’s about having that support constantly on and off the field.”
New Canaan 3, Stamford 0
Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Dunning Field
Stamford 0-0 0
New Canaan 2-1 3
New Canaan: Lily Farriss 1g, 1a; Zoey Bennett 1g; Marlee Smith 1g; Campbell Connors 1a
S – Kristen D’Ariano 7 saves
NC – Emily Gaeta 2 saves
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