Doing the little things on the lacrosse field – aspects that may not show up on the statistics sheet – often leads to a victory.
Greenwich High’s girls lacrosse team took care of the important intangibles Tuesday against Trumbull and impressively posted a decisive win.
Receiving hat tricks from senior Delaney Roth, junior Kaylie Kitselman, senior Grace Collier, sophomore Sophia Neitzell and freshman Emma Abbazia, Greenwich extended its winning streak to three games, topping Trumbull, 15-5, in an FCIAC game at Cardinal Stadium.
With five games remaining in its regular season, the Cardinals sport a record of 8-5.
“Hustling for ground balls, coming up with draw control possessions, spreading out, moving the ball, using the width of the field – all these little things are what we need to focus on right now to get into our flow,” Greenwich coach Tara Clough said. “I was really pleased with our performance today. Trumbull is a really athletic team and we knew they were going to come to play today, so it was important that we come up with those possessions.”
Senior Paige Rochelle tallied twice for Trumbull (3-7), which scored the game’s first goal, but was forced to play defense the majority of the matchup, as the Cardinals held a significant possession advantage.
“We wanted to come up with lots of hustle plays, ground balls and 50/50 balls off the draw and I think everyone worked hard to make that happen,” said Collier, a senior midfielder/captain. “Trumbull is a very talented and competitive team, so we needed to make sure we gave 110 percent the entire time we were on the field.”
Callon Vaughn’s goal 44 seconds into the opening half gave Trumbull a 1-0 lead, but Greenwich quickly tied the score on Roth’s tally off a Collier pass. Collier converted a free position shot, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead at the 20:05 mark.
Roth scored off a low shot, then Neitzel tallied off a quick dodge, making it 4-1 with 10:43 remaining in the opening half. Abbazia scored off the ensuing draw in transition and Neitzell made a free position shot, putting the Cardinals on top, 6-1 with 9:39 still left in the first half.
After Lindsay Bull scored from close in for the Eagles, the Cardinals scored two straight goals to open an 8-2 lead. They entered halftime with an 8-3 advantage, then build onto their lead in the second half. Getting three goals apiece from five players doesn’t happen too often, but that’s the type of scoring the Cardinals got Tuesday.
Junior attack Noey Johnson had two assists and three draw controls, while senior midfielder/captain Emma Norton assisted on a goal in the winning effort.
“We really worked on our transition and our attack,” Norton said. “We got a bunch of new players in which was a positive aspect. On defense, we worked talked a lot, which was good and we tried some of our new strategies and it definitely helped us get some of those ground balls and possessions.”
Sophomore goalie Daryl Furno made four saves, Collier gathered seven ground balls, Roth had five ground balls and Abbazia and Norton scooped three ground balls apiece. Collier and Abbazia also had four draw controls apiece, while Johnson had three draw controls for the Cardinals. Rochelle scored twice for the Eagles.
Greenwich travels to Norwalk on Thursday and then visits Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday.
“We have talked about how we want to be peaking toward the end of the season, that last third of the regular season going into the playoffs,” said Roth, one of the team’s captains. “We have been working every day making sure our plays are all down, so when we go into playoffs, we are clicking on all cylinders and ready to compete for an FCIAC and state title.”
PLAYING FOR THE EMILY CATHERINE FEDORKO FOUNDATION
The Greenwich girls lacrosse team wore blue T-shirts prior to playing their game against Trumbull in honor of the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation, which they raised money for Tuesday. The Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding to spread education, advocacy and awareness of boating and water sports safety for adults and children, throughout Connecticut and nationwide.
The foundation was created by Pamela and Joseph Fedorko to honor the life of Emily Fedorko, their daughter, who lost her life during a tragic water tubing accident in the summer of 2014 at the age of 16. She was a student-athlete at Greenwich High School.
“It was a give back game, so we were raising money for the Emily Fedorko Foundation,” Roth said. “Emily was such an amazing girl, I didn’t know her personally, but I remember coming to games and watching. She was an amazing person and embodied what we want our team to embody – love for the game, working hard every play, playing for teammates and always had a smile on her face.”
Said Collier: “We are playing for Emily Fedorko, a beloved member of our lacrosse community.”