NORWALK \u2014 A long and hard-fought game, one which spanned more than 70 minutes, ended with the Darien field hockey team in a familiar spot: Celebrating a championship. Senior co-captain Molly McGuckin set up sophomore Blake Wilks for the winning goal during a 2-on-1 breakaway in double overtime, as the Blue Wave captured their fourth consecutive FCIAC crown 1-0 over New Canaan Thursday night at Brien McMahon. With the win, No. 2 Darien (18-1-0-0) also avenged its only loss of the season, with No. 1 New Canaan winning 2-1 at DHS two weeks ago. That loss helped the Wave get through the long final. \u201cThis is my first FCIAC championship and I was so pumped to be in this, it\u2019s amazing,\u201d Wilks said. \u201cThis team has been working so hard the entire season and definitely losing to New Canaan helped us push through and win this tonight. It\u2019s super exciting.\u201d The winning play started with Ryan Hapgood, who lifted a high pass to McGuckin in the midfeld. The ball skipped past a defender and McGuckin and Wilks raced a ahead for a 2-on-1 with New Canaan goalie Grace Gilman. McGuckin was on the right side and slipped the ball to the left for Wilks, who sent a shot past a diving Gilman and into the cage for the win. \u201cI knew Blake was on my side, she\u2019s always running up and down the field with me, so I knew if I crossed it over, she\u2019d be right there,\u201d said McGuckin, who was named the game\u2019s MVP. \u201cIt was a such a good game, we had to work really hard and obviously it was tied the whole time. We had such good ball connection and speed and it worked out in the end.\u201d \u201cIt was just a beautiful breakaway and two-on-one with the goalie,\u201d Darien coach Mo Minicus said. \u201cMolly beat the defender and just exploded into space, and Blake knew how to overlap and Molly thankfully gave the perfect pass that Blake could connect with and send it home.\u201d The loss was the first of the season for top-seeded New Canaan (18-1-0-0) and denied the Rams their first FCIAC championship since 2014. \u201cYou can\u2019t get much closer than that in a championship game and one team had to win,\u201d New Canaan coach Mary Clare Snediker said. \u201cWe wish it could\u2019ve been us but it was a really hard-fought game both ways. \u201cThere are a million plays in a double OT game that could\u2019ve made the difference throughout all of regulation and all of overtime. It was an unfortunate bounce that we missed, but we could\u2019ve done more in regulation to win it.\u201d While the game featured plenty of action up and down the field, Darien had a distinct advantage in shots by a 15-2 margin, and had nine penalty corners to New Canaan\u2019s four. The Wave outshot the Rams 10-1 in the first half alone. Gilman made six saves and the Rams\u2019 defense as a whole held up well under that pressure. \u201c(Gilman) had a fantastic game in the regular season, and she and my whole defensive corner unit played really well again today,\u201d Snediker said. \u201cIt\u2019s just tough being a man down in a 7v7 situation.\u201d Darien had to overcome a card in the first overtime, which gave New Canaan a one-player advantage. The Rams had three penalty corners during that edge, but couldn\u2019t break through for the win. \u201cWe had a corner with three defenders back there and we were down a player for two minutes,\u201d Minicus said. \u201cIt\u2019s really just possess the ball, take your time with offensive free hits, work the clock a little bit, and keep the ball out of the defensive end.\u201d Shortly after Darien\u2019s penalty ended, New Canaan incurred one of its own and the Wave eventually ended the game. Darien also went to double overtime in the 2019 FCIAC final, that time with Staples, and the teams came away as co-champs, something which almost occurred again on Thursday. \u201cWe\u2019ve been co-champs too many times, to be honest,\u201d Minicus said. \u201cSometimes it was a lucky tie where we\u2019ll take it and sometimes we deserved to win and it was a tie. I like to see it played out. Nobody wants to walk away with a tie after all that.\u201d PLAYER OF THE GAME Molly McGuckin, Darien: The senior helped the Wave keep the advantage in shots, and her pass to Wilks set up the game-winning goal in the second overtime QUOTABLE \u201cDarien-New Canaan, anything can happen on any given day. It\u2019s a deep rivalry. It\u2019s fun at times and sometimes it gets heated but I think it\u2019s one of the toughest rivalries in the state. It\u2019s fun to play a team like New Canaan that\u2019s a great team and is well-coached.\u201d \u2014 Darien coach Mo Minicus firstname.lastname@example.org; @dstewartsports No. 2 DARIEN 1, No. 1 NEW CANAAN 0 (2 OT) DARIEN 0 0 0 0 0 1 \u2014 1 NEW CANAAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 \u2014 0 Scoring: Second OT: D - Blake Wilks (Molly McGuckin), 9:25. Goalies: D - Lindsey Darby 0 saves; NC - Grace Gilman 6 saves. Penalty corners: D - 9; NC - 4. Records: Darien 18-1-0-0; New Canaan 18-1-0-0.