STRATFORD >> On her first three free position opportunities, Granby’s Krista Iwanicki hit the post in the CIAC Class S girls lacrosse championship game against Old Saybrook.
She made her fourth opportunity count.
Iwanicki scored the game-winning goal with 1:10 left in the first of two three-minute overtimes to lead the No. 5 Granby girls lacrosse team to a 14-13 win over No. 2 Old Saybrook in the CIAC Class S championship game at Bunnell High on Saturday.
Granby captured its first Class S title.
“I hit the post three times off free position chances, so when I had that free position chance in overtime, I said to myself, ‘Not this time,’” Iwanicki said. “I saw an opening and I went for it. Thankfully it went in. It’s a relief knowing all our hard work paid off. Winning this title means the world to all of us.”
Olivia Johnson led the Bears with eight goals.
“This was a very exciting game and Old Saybrook is a great team,” Granby coach Terri Ziemnicki said. “This was not our best game but we played well enough to win. In the end, we dug deep and we were able to come back. I think the experience of being here before three other times helped us.”
In the first half, Johnson scored the game’s first goal with 18:49 to go. But the Rams responded with four unanswered goals. The 4-0 run was capped by Paige Gumkowski who scored with 14:30 left in the half for a 4-1 lead.
The Bears responded with a 4-2 run as Johnson cut the Rams’ lead to 6-5 with 2:08 left in the first half.
Old Saybrook could never shake free from the Bears.
Granby hung around until another Johnson goal tied the game at 10 with 5:10 to go in the second half.
Gabby Rose scored twice and gave the Rams a 12-10 lead with 3:48 to go in regulation. But Granby’s Kathy Kleis scored with 2:58 to go and Amanda Rackliff with 34 seconds to go to tie the game at 12 and send it into two 3-minute OTs.
Rose gave Old Saybrook a 13-12 lead with 2:29 left in the first overtime and Kleis tied it at 13 with 2:04 to go.
Enter Iwanicki and her game-winning goal.
“This was a heck of a game and we let it slip away,” Old Saybrook coach Al Mortali said. “We had three-goal leads early in the game and you just can’t let that get away. They just kept coming back and coming back. I really don’t know what else to say. I haven’t digested it yet.”
Granby 14, Old Saybrook 13 (2 OT)
Granby 5 7 2 0 — 14
Old Saybrook 7 5 1 0 — 13
Goals: (OS) Molly Beck 5; Gabby Rose 4; Paige Gumkowski 3; Hudson Roarick 1; (GRNB) Olivia Johnson 8; Kathy Kleis 3; Krista Iwanicki 2; Amanda Rackliff 1; Assists: (OS) Gabby Rose 1; Molly Beck 1; (GRNB) Sam Bates 1; Krista Iwanicki 1; Kathy Kleis 1; Saves: (OS) Riley Roarick 8; (GRNB) Hala Van Nostrand 5; Shots—GRNB: 22; OS: 18;
Team records—Old Saybrook 17-4; Granby 17-4