Field Hockey Defeats Gilroy for Title

By: Alex Pavlovic San Jose Mercury News

Posted November 20

Sophomore midfielder Bridget Denzel scored the go-ahead goal in the 44th minute, lifting Saint Francis to the CCS title with a 2-1 victory over Gilroy at Del Mar High.

No. 2-seeded Gilroy (8-4-5) took a 1-0 lead in the opening minute when Monica Marrazzo scored in traffic, but Katie Garrity netted the equalizer just before the half. Denzel then knocked in a turn around backhand shot from 12 yards out in the second half to help the No. 4 Lancers clinch their first section championship since 2007.

"We had to beat the No. 5 seed, Saratoga, and then we toppled the No. 1 seed (previously unbeaten Archbishop Mitty)," Saint Francis coach Kathy Lincoln said. "We slayed a few demons to get here."

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