MILFORD >> As the graduation night party extended into the early morning hours, the seven seniors on the Canton girls lacrosse team knew that the time had come to leave one fun-filled experience behind so they could partake in another one.
There was one slight problem: one of those seniors was still under the spell of a hypnotist about 13 hours before the Warriors would be taking on NCCC rival Somers in the Class S championship game.
“Graduation (was Friday) and then we go to party all night, that usually ends at 4 in the morning,” said senior Emma Charron who had three goals and three assists in Canton’s 15-3 victory in the Class S final. “We had to leave (early) so we can get some sleep. Our goalie (Amanda Gottlieb) volunteered (to be hypnotized), it is 1 o’clock, we are trying to leave, she is playing the air guitar not knowing where she is.”
Before the team left Farmington Farms Tennis & Athletic Club to well wishes from those in attendance, they needed to have Gottlieb to be removed from her hypnotic state.
Charron joked that as that was done, Gottlieb was given some “magic mojo.”
Whether Gottlieb was working with any magic mojo, she received plenty of offensive support.
Junior Grace Giancola led the way with six goals, giving her 110 this season.
“It is pretty amazing that we won states, we have never done this before,” Giancola said. “Four years ago we won four games in one season, in three years we made so much progress.”
Giancola had some impressive goals but none as eye-opening as the one with 13 seconds remaining in the first half when she was being aggressively checked and fought through the extra attention for a huge tally to give the Warriors a 6-3 lead at halftime.
“I feel like the more pressure the better,” Giancola said. “I like it when more girls are coming at me, it just kind of forces me to go and I think that was why I was successful scoring goals this year.”
Charron and fellow senior Kaelyn Oliver chipped in with three goals each as Canton went from being a 4-11 team in 2013 to winning a state championship.
“I think it is the passion,” Charron said. “We play club with other people (with CT Dodgers) and we gained skill. The exposure to all of these teams, the passion for the sport and passion for each other has grown tremendously. With each year we have done a little better and we knew we could grow to this potential.
“It makes me appreciate getting beat up by teams that (Canton now beats). Somers used to kick out butts freshman year, it wasn’t even close and now to beat them, it is awesome.”
Fellow seniors Devon Daubert (two goals and an assist) and Carly Atkinson (goal) also got into the scoring column for Canton (17-3).
Danielle Hollister, Cassandra Speight and Marianne Dalessio had goals for Somers (16-4).
Canton 15, Somers 3
Canton 6 0 — 15
Somers 3 0 — 3
Goals: (SMR) Marianne Dalessio 1; Cassandra Speight 1; Danielle Hollister 1; (can) Grace Giancola 6; Kaelyn Oliver 3; Emma Charron 3; Davon Daubert 2; Carly Atkinson 1;
Assists: (SMR) Emily Pruden 1; (can) Emma Charron 3; Kaelyn Oliver 2; Davon Daubert 1;
Saves: (SMR) Laura Morton 4; (can) Amanda Gottlieb 9;
Shots—can: 19; SMR: 12;
Team records—Somers 16-4; Canton 17-3