DARIEN \u2014 Grace Gilman couldn\u2019t stop smiling following New Canaan\u2019s field hockey victory over rival Darien on Friday. Of course, that\u2019s what happens when you win twice in one day. \u201cWe were so hyped,\u201d Gilman, the Rams\u2019 starting goalie, said. \u201cWe also had a pep rally (for homecoming) today, and we won the pep rally and then we won this, so it\u2019s a really great day for New Canaan field hockey.\u201d No. 2 New Canaan rallied from a one-goal deficit with scores from Izzy Schuh and Shawna Ferraro in the third quarter and defeated No. 1 Darien 2-1 in a battle of unbeaten teams in Darien. It was the Rams\u2019 third win over the Blue Wave in the last four meetings. Friday\u2019s game featured a dramatic shift in momentum, as Darien (14-1-0-0) dominated the first half and New Canaan (15-0-0-0) had the advantage in the second. \u201cIt was the tale of two halves,\u201d New Canaan coach Mary Clare Snediker said. \u201cMy corner defense was phenomenal to keep them off the board in the first half, and once we started moving the ball better with possession passing, we got back into the flow of our game in the second half.\u201d \u201cIt was hard-fought,\u201d Darien coach Mo Minicus said. \u201cWe needed to win the game when we dominated the first half. We needed to score. Their defense is solid, they\u2019re good, and they\u2019re low. In a game like this where it comes down to the little, little things, when you have momentum you have to score more than zero goals.\u201d Gilman, who will play for Lehigh next year, was outstanding in goal for New Canaan, racking up 12 saves, including eight during the first half when the Wave had a 10-1 advantage in shots. She faced one final challenge when the Wave had a penalty corner with time expired, but defender Rachel Gilio cleared the ball from the circle to end that threat and set off a celebration. \u201cAs a goalie, that\u2019s the most stressful moment,\u201d Gilman said. \u201cThank God for Rachel Gilio who just hit it right out of bounds. My defense is incredible, I couldn\u2019t do it without them.\u201d New Canaan was in an unfamiliar spot early in the third quarter, as the Rams were scored on for just the second time this season, breaking a streak of 11 consecutive shutouts. Darien\u2019s Molly McGuckin scored for the Wave, after Ryan Hapgood\u2019s pass into the corner bounced around in traffic. That goal actually seemed to energize New Canaan \u201cI wasn\u2019t quite sure how we\u2019d respond since we haven\u2019t been scored on a lot this season, so I\u2019m happy that they showed the mental toughness to be able to rebound quickly after that,\u201d Snediker said. The Rams equalized with 9:38 remaining in the third, when Schuh scored on a second back-hand shot after Wave goalie Grace La Du had blocked her first attempt. A long pass into the circle by Polly Parsons-Hills set up the play. A few minutes later, the Rams earned a penalty stroke and Parsons-Hills scored, but the goal was waved off as the shot was taken before the whistle. New Canaan then took the lead for good during a penalty corner, when Ferarro redirected a shot by Zoey Bennett into the cage with 27 seconds on the clock. There\u2019s a good chance that New Canaan and Darien will see each other again at some point in the postseason. \u201cRegardless of record, it\u2019s always fun to play New Canaan, so it\u2019s not too hard to get the girls fired up for this game,\u201d Minicus said. \u201cThey\u2019re fired up and we\u2019re fired up too because now we definitely want to win it back. It\u2019s good motivation.\u201d PLAYER OF THE GAME Grace Gilman, New Canaan: The senior goalie made a dozen saves, with eight coming in the first half to keep the game scoreless. QUOTABLE \u201cShe\u2019s come up so huge in all of our big games. She\u2019s our only goalie this year, so she gets a ton of shots from top forwards and mids. She is just a brick wall back there and it allows my Ds to push up more offensively, and help us keep the ball on offense. We trust her so much back there.\u201d - New Canaan coach Mary Clare Snediker on goalie Grace Gilman firstname.lastname@example.org; @dstewartsports No. 2 NEW CANAAN 2, No. 1 DARIEN 1 NEW CANAAN 0 0 2 0 \u2014 2 DARIEN 0 0 1 0 \u2014 1 Scoring: Third quarter: D - Molly McGuckin (Ryan Hapgood) 14:03; NC - Izzy Schuh 9:38; NC - Shawna Ferraro (Zoey Bennett) 0:27; Goalies: NC - Grace Gilman 12 saves; D - Grace La Du and Lindsey Darby 5 saves; Shots: NC - 8, D - 13; Penalty corners: NC - 7, D - 9. Records: New Canaan 15-0-0-0, Darien 14-1-0-0.