The New Canaan Rams (11-5) celebrated Senior Night in style in Tuesday night's regular season finale against the Fairfield Warde Mustangs (7-8), as all four active seniors scored a goal in a 17-10 win. And while seniors Abby Lee, Erin Markey, Lauren Freeland and Elizabeth DeTour were honored with their parents on the field before the game at Dunning Stadium at New Canaan High School, it was junior Sarah Mannelly who stole the show for the Rams, scoring seven goals and dishing out a pair of assists to lead her team to its fourth straight win heading into the FCIAC playoffs.

New Canaan managed only a 7-5 lead at halftime, but according to coach Kristin Wood, an improved tempo was the main reason why the Rams were able to pull away after the break.

"I just think they started playing with a little more enthusiasm and excitement," Wood said. "I think we came out a little flat, and Senior Night was a little bit distracting. But, for the most part, I think they all played well and the seniors all got a goal, so that was pretty exciting."

Fairfield Warde opened the scoring when Hannah Trischman scored her first of a team-high four goals for the early 1-0 advantage. New Canaan answered less than a minute later when Mannelly's shot rang off the left post and into the net for the 1-1 tie. Warde reclaimed the lead on Trischman's second goal of the game, but New Canaan scored two goals in 19 seconds (one by Bea Eppler and one by Mannelly) to take a 3-2 lead and would not trail again.

"We just weren't controlling the ball. We weren't getting the draws and that's the name of the game," Warde coach Tom Davis said. "We only had two goals for most of the second half, and then scored three more within two minutes of the end of the game."

Warde managed to pull even at 3-3 on Trischman's third goal, but Mannelly scored again after taking in a pass from Olivia Hompe and New Canaan would lead the rest of the way. Of Mannelly's seven goals, Hompe was credited with an assist on three.

"I think we're looking for each other more often and I think we're just combining better," Mannelly said.

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In addition to Mannelly's monster night, seven other Rams also found the score sheet: Hompe (three goals, three assists), DeTour (two goals), Lee (two goals), Freeland (one goal, one assist), Markey (one goal), Eppler (one goal) and Kelly Armstrong (one assist).

Other than Trischman's four goals, the Mustangs also received scoring contributions from Taylor Bargmann (two goals, two assists), Sam Scheetz (two goals, one assist), Maggie Winstead (one goal) and Alex Kelly (one goal).

In the second half, New Canaan scored nine of the next 11 goals to take a commanding 16-7 lead, putting the game well out of reach for Warde.

"When we were scoring, it's because we were getting the draw and taking it down the field," Winstead said. "But then we weren't winning the draws, and even once we got it back on offense we just weren't capitalizing on our opportunities."

The loss was a major blow to Warde's FCIAC playoff hopes, as the Mustangs came into the contest in ninth place in the FCIAC's and needing some help to get in. The Mustangs finish their regular season on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at home in a non-league game against Amity, which is also the team's Senior Night.

New Canaan had already clinched a spot in the FCIAC playoffs prior to the win over Warde, and the Rams must now wait until the brackets are released to see who's up next.

"I think we're pretty confident going into the postseason," Mannelly said. "We've had the whole year to improve where we needed it and I think we're going to do well."