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June 9, 2021 — La Dolce vita

This year, New Canaan (Conn.) has been a girls’ lacrosse team which has had to go through a lot to even be able to play this year. The team had to overcome a positive test within the team which necessitated the postponement of its season opener until the last 10 days of April.

But the Rams won 20 consecutive matches, including three over its league and state rival, Darien (Conn.). The teams met twice in their league and once for the FCIAC title. But in yesterday’s CASCIAC Class L state semifinal against Darien, the close defense of Kate and Maggie Bellissimo, Nelle Kniffin, and Kaci Benoit in front of goaltender Shea Dolce.

Dolce, an physically imposing goalie who is headed to NCAA champion Boston College once she graduates next year, had six stops. But her defense was just as impressive in haranguing and imposing their will on New Canaan’s front seven. There was a phase of play spanning four minutes in the first half when the Rams had the ball, but could not put a shot on frame because of the defense.

And all this, remember, without a 90-second possession clock to aid the defense.

“We were so prepared for this game,” Dolce tells The Stamford Advocate. “It stinks losing to a team as talented as New Canaan three times, but this whole season we’ve been waiting for this moment. We owe it all to the coaches. They’ve been pushing us so hard in practice and we earned it today.”

Darien advances to Satuday’s Class L final against Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.). The Wave have won the last 10 times they have played in a CIAC title match.