The Notre Dame-Fairfield co-op girls' hockey team qualified for the state playoffs and will begin the tournament on Monday, March 2, when the Lancers travel to Enfield to take on the Suffield co-op at 8:10 pm.
Notre Dame needed a win in its regular-season finale against Wilton on February 21 and with a 4-3 win clinched the final spot.
The Lancers struck early with a goal by Rose Linkasamy assisted by Mackenzie Broderick. Wilton took a 2-1 lead through one period of play.
Madison David found the back of the net with assists from Linkasamy and Amanda Regina late in the second and, a minute later, Jenna Johnson lit the lamp assisted by Linkasamy for a 3-2 lead heading to the final period.
Wilton scored to tie it with only 4:29 remaining in the game. Sarah Casey took matters into her own hands off the ensuing faceoff as she attacked the loose puck, flew down the right side of the ice, past defenders and took a good, hard, low shot that caught the goalies right pad. The puck bounced out in the high slot to Celidgh Pikul, who gathered it, looked up and found the upper right hand corner of the net to give the Lancers a 4-3 win.
The Lancers fell 3-1 to Hamden in the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament on February 24. The only goal for the Lancers came when Broderick rushed the puck and found Leigha Howland alone in front of the net.