Class L field hockey: New Canaan rallies past Wilton as Isabelle Schuh scores twice

WETHERSFIELD — Class L champion New Canaan and runner-up Wilton were proof that two things can be true when the FCIAC rivals met to decide the Class L field hockey championship at Joseph F. Cottone Field on Saturday.

New Canaan showed why it was the top seed. The 22-1-0 Rams recovered from a 1-0 deficit to prevail 3-1 with a strong second half.

Wilton (14-5-4) displayed all the skill and grit that had carried the 11th-seeded Warriors past three higher ranked teams.

Isabelle Schuh gave New Canaan a 2-1 lead at the 10:31 mark of the fourth quarter with her second goal. Zoey Bennett had the assist. Molly Mitchell scored unassisted with 4:39 remaining to make it 3-1.

New Canaan coach Mary Claire Snediker believes Schuh’s first goal, coming with 37 seconds remaining in the first half off a pass from Mitchell, changed the momentum.

“That equalizer was the key,” Snediker said. “We were able to hit the reset button at halftime.”

Schuh said: “We’d only been down in two games, I think. Tying it there gave us some momentum.”

Wilton’s Amelia Abud put her team in front from the doorstep when the juniot poked in a pass from Elizabeth Kendra at 8:04 of the second period.

“The story of our season was to start slow; finish strong,” Wilton coach Leon Kerr said. “We’ve been starting stronger in the playoffs. Before the game I told the girls to hold their heads up and play the game. They did that. I’m very proud.”

Stellar play from the back three on each team — and a fully engaged group of midfielders — dominated play.

New Canaan goalie Grace Gilman (4 saves) was fronted by Keira Cooeney, Rachel Gillo and Sunny Jane Holland. Wilton’s attack, led by Abigail Dolan, Abud, Samantha Slough and Charlotte Casiraghi, kept them on their toes.

The Warriors’ Sophie Essig, Megan Hammy and Ashleigh Masterson were at the top of their game in front of goalie Eva Filliponi (7 saves). The Rams’ Carolyn Baran, Shawna Ferraro, Polly Parsons-Hill, Molly Reed and Mitchell continued to attack.

Snediker said: “We expected a great game from Wilton and got one. Our defense has saved us in many games. From our back three, to our goalkeeper, up to the midfield we try to disrupt opponents.”


New Canaan coach Mary Claire Snediker held her daughter, who will turn four months in a couple of days, for the post-game award ceremony.

“Its been a busy fall with my first time being a parent and winning my first title (in three years),” she said. “This has been a special couple of months in every way.”


New Canaan’s only loss of the season came 1-0 in double overtime to Darien in the FCIAC final. Wilton’s biggest win of the season came over No. 2 Darien in a shootout in the Class L semifinals. Wilton advanced to the state final for the first time since it defeated Cheshire for the title in 2015. The Warriors had upset No. 6 Staples 1-0 and No. 3 Hall 3-0 in its first two games. New Canaan topped No. 16 Norwalk 3-0, No. 8 Greenwich 1-0, and No. 5 Glastonbury 2-1 in semifinals. New Canaan is now a six-time champion, the last before this in 2016. Wilton, a six-time champion, last won the title in 2015. Twitter: @blox354


(at Cottone Field)

WILTON0 1 0 0 — 1

NEW CANAAN0 1 0 2 — 3

Goals: NC—Isabelle Schuh 2, Molly Mitchell 1; W—Amelia Abud.

Assists: NCMolly Mitchell, Zoey Bennett; Wilton—Elizabeth Kendra.

Saves: New Canaan—Grace Gilman 4; Wilton—Eva Filliponi 7.

Records: New Canaan 22-1-0, Wilton 12-5-4