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Greenwich High field hockey team posts third straight shutout win in Breast Cancer Awareness game at Cardinal Stadium

Photo by David Fierro: From left to right, Angelica Veronis, Maggie Bulis, Isa Lattuada, Justine Liguori and Isa Biagini gather together after the Greenwich High field hockey team defeated Danbury at Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 14, 2021.

Greenwich’s field hockey team has played with an edge to it all season, displaying intensity, quick ball movement and determination, yet today it entered its game against Danbury with even more motivation.

The Cardinals played field hockey for a good cause, as the matchup marked the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness game and they raised money for the Breast Cancer Alliance organization.

“We were playing for a good cause, so I think everyone was especially motivated to play fast and leave it all on the field and I think they did that,” Greenwich coach Megan Wax said.

Indeed they did.

By the time the first quarter ended, the Cardinals held a six-goal lead and were cruising toward a 9-0 win over the visiting Hatters. Senior Isabella Biagini scored a game-high four goals and junior Klara Mueffelmann tallied twice to pace Greenwich’s offense.

Greenwich held possession of the ball the majority of the game, forcing Danbury to play plenty of defense. The Cards showed consistent ball movement, with each line supporting each other and crisply connecting passes.

“We’ve been working on holding our lanes and communicating and knowing where we’re going to be and I think that we really worked on that and it’s been showing in our games,” Biagini said.

Greenwich senior Zita Cohen moves the ball up the sideline while being defended against Danbury.

Biagini scored the game’s first goal, scoring off an assist from sophomore Caroline Babb 50 seconds into the opening quarter. At the 12:55 mark, Mueffelmann deposited a hard drive inside the cage, making it 2-0.

Two more goals from Biagini in the first quarter stretched Greenwich’s advantage to 4-0, then sophomore Aly Janssen converted a shot, putting Danbury in a 5-0 hole with 1:53 still remaining in the first quarter.

“With every practice, our dynamic within the team is getting better and better,” Liguori said. “Every game, we’ve been implementing the things we’ve been working on in practice.”

Said Wax: “We have some really great chemistry and things are becoming more natural, so our ball movement has definitely improved.”

Greenwich’s Justine Liguori, left and Isa Lattuada retrieve the ball during a home game against Danbury.

Mueffelmann added her second goal of the day, getting her stick on a rebound and knocking it into the cage for a 6-0 Cardinals lead at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter. Liguori and Biagini each had third-quarter tallies and senior Maggie Bulis sealed the scoring with a fourth-quarter goal.

With the convincing win, Greenwich raised its record to 9-3. The Cardinals will take a three-game winning streak into Monday’s matchup against FCIAC rival Darien.

“We play Darien on Monday and we are ready, we’ve been preparing the whole season to play a team like Darien,” Greenwich senior Isa Lattuada said.

Scoring certainly hasn’t been a problem for Greenwich, which has generated 23 goals its last three games.

“From year’s past, we’ve omstly improved on getting shots up,” Lattuada said. “In the past, we struggled with goals and getting balls in the cage. This year, we are using a lot of give-and-goes and shooting.”

Greenwich coach Megan Wax gives high fives to her athletes after Greenwich scored a goal against Danbury.

The team, which has done several community service activities this season, was pleased to play for Breast Cancer Awareness.

“First and foremost with the breast cancer awareness, we think it’s important to give back to people who are struggling with it and families and friends who are experiencing it,” Bulis said.

“We wanted to dedicate this game to breast cancer awareness for everyone that’s battled or has families and friends that have been effected,” Lattuada added. “We thought it’s something super important, we try to do it every single year.”

Said Wax: “Our girls wanted to do this game for it and raise awareness for it and raise donations for it.”

The Greenwich field hockey team is taking donations through Venmo for the Breast Cancer Alliance. To donate to the Greenwich field hockey team for the Breast Cancer Alliance, the team’s Venmo is @GreenwichHSFieldHockey

Four regular season games remain, then the Cardinals will take part in the FCIAC Tournament, followed by the state tournament.

“We have grown a lot and making sure next years players are stable and we have girls who are leaning from upperclassmen,” senior Angelica Veronis said. “The energy and the want on the team is impressive. We want to beat every team and we play with our full heart and hustle.”

“I’m really excited and I think this team has so much potential and we can achieve great things at FCIACs and states,” Bulis said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

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