BOURNE — Canton junior Kendra Farrelly helped set the edge the Bulldogs needed with a burst of speed.
Streaking down the right side at Gallo Arena in Bourne, Farrelly chased down a puck, fed sophomore Leah McClellan, and potted her own rebound late in the second period.
Farrelly’s goal at 3:44 helped lead Canton (14-4-6) past Westwood (19-5-2) and into the state final against top-ranked Notre Dame of Hingham. It is Canton’s first final since the 2005-06 season.
“It’s just a special group of girls,” Canton coach Dennis Aldrich said. “You want to see them succeed.”
“I love this team so much,’’ junior goalie Colleen Kelleher said. “It’s so much different than any other team I’ve ever been on, and we’re really close.”
Kelleher made 16 saves, and received a little help with three minutes left in the third period as McClellan cleared a puck that was trickling behind Kelleher.
The Bulldogs held off a late Westwood flurry.
“It was insane, I don’t know how to describe it,” Kelleher said when the clock struck zero. “It was the best feeling I’ve had in my entire life.”
Canton controlled the pace throughout, firing 24 shots on sophomore goalie Caroline McDonough.
“She was fantastic,” Westwood coach Ed Amico said. “She kept us in the game.”
Westwood, a team of nine sophomores and five freshmen, just couldn’t catch the break they were looking for. With about 6:30 left, sophomore Kat Keith nailed the far post, then watched the puck rocket away from the net.
“Nobody ever thought we’d ever make it this far. Nobody,” Amico said. “They fought all year long, almost won the league, had a great record, and to come to the final four — they played phenomenal all year. We ran into a great Canton team. Their goalie is the real deal.”