By John Torsiello
The Granby Memorial High School field hockey team opened up its quest for a state Class S title with a thrilling, 1-0, overtime win over North Branford on the road Tuesday.
Katie Calnen found the net with 52 seconds left in the overtime period to provide the winning margin as the Bears moved to 12-5-0-0. For its victory Granby gets to play top-seeded Nonnewaug (16-0-0-1) in Woodbury Thursday afternoon (after press time).
“North Branford was a tough match for us,” said head coach Sandy Wickman Mason. “They play big ball field hockey on a football field surface. They dominated the first 20 minutes of the game and we built momentum to finish the half.”
The head coach said the Bears made adjustments at intermission and then went out and dominated play themselves in the second half and overtime periods.
“We did everything but put the ball in the net. Much credit is due to NB’s defense, particularly goal keeper Meghan Augur. She made 11 saves, all in the second half and overtimes.”
Granby led in penalty corners, 14-8, and goalie Hanna Crose had eight saves, six in the first half and two the remainder of the contest.
It was a solid win for the Bears as they were not especially hot coming into the tournament. After starting the season 8-1, they lost four of their final seven games of the regular season but did have a 2-0 win over South Windsor in the final contest prior to the state tournament.