Greenwich High

Greenwich’s Grace Collier, Emma Abbazia earn All-State lacrosse honors

After excelling for the Greenwich High School girls lacrosse team during the spring, Grace Collier and Emma Abbazia recently received CHSCA All-State honors.

Collier, who graduated from GHS yesterday and Abbazia, who recently concluded her freshman season for the Cardinals, were named to the Class L All-State Team.

Collier, who is headed to Williams College, where she will continue her lacrosse career, emerged as a threat at all areas of the field during her senior season for the Cardinals. She registered 30 goals, 13 assists and was key in enabling Greenwich to gain possessions, tallying 61 draw controls.

“Grace is a constant threat whenever she is on the field,” Greenwich coach Tara Clough said. “She gives every inch of effort to contribute to her team. Her gift of exceptional speed and endurance allows her to be present and impactful between the 30s, on draw possessions and in transition play at all times.”

Besides scoring goals and setting up her teammates for scoring chances, Collier also helped pace Greenwich’s defensive effort.

“She is always marked up against our opponent’s top midfielder and I can count on Grace shutting that player down,” Clough said. “Grace has prevented most free positions from converting, because she is there with speed, making proper contact.”

Collier served as one of Greenwich’s captains this past spring, a role she relished.

“I am so proud of all Grace has accomplished this season,” Clough said. “Grace leads by example for 50 minutes of every game. Her dedication to improve as a player is tremendous and she has great determination and grit.”

Both Abbazia and Collier also recently received All-FCIAC Second Team recognition at their respective positions. An attack, Abbazia made an immediate impact on the Cardinals as a freshman.

Abbazia made a dazzling debut, scoring four goals in Greenwich’s 11-10 season-opening win against Staples back in April. She recorded a hat trick in the Cardinals’ 12-7 triumph against Newtown in the opening round of the CIAC Class L Tournament and had four goals and one assist in the team’s 19-4 win over Hamden in the Class L tourney qualifier.

Leading the Cardinals in scoring numerous times during the season, the hard-to-defend Abbazia also produced four-goal efforts in Greenwich’s matchups against Wilton and Ridgefield.

Next season, Abbazia will no doubt, be one of the athletes relied upon to lead Greenwich’s offense from her attack position – a position in which she displayed a lot of leadership at as a freshman.

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