Sacred Heart Greenwich

Sacred Heart Greenwich lacrosse team gets a lot out of scrimmage against Rye High

Photo by David Fierro: Wowie Walker, left, Kaitlin Robinson and Payton Sfreddo of Sacred Heart Greenwich, gather during a scrimmage against Rye High School on April 4, 2022, at Sacred Heart in Greenwich.

Sacred Heart Greenwich’s lacrosse team has already played two games, but there are still a couple of more scrimmages on its schedule, one of which occurred Monday against Rye (N.Y.) High School.

It turned out to be a very useful/valuable scrimmage for the Tigers, who played three halves against the Garnets and worked on 7-v.-6, man-up/man-down situations.

“It’s always fun to play Rye,” Sacred Heart co-head coach Sharon Robinson said. “The first period in particular, we moved the ball well. Then we talked about just how we had too many turnovers in the second and third period and they capitalized on them. There are lots of things to learn as the girls are having fun and getting ready for the season ahead.”

Photo by David Fierro: Sacred Heart Greenwich had plenty to smile about during its fine performance in a scrimmage game against Rye High School on April 4, 2022, at Sacred Heart in Greenwich.

The Tigers held a 19-8 advantage over the Garnets following three halves of action, with their best moments coming during a 10-goal first half.

Over the course of the three halves, sophomore Payton Sfreddo scored a game-high six goals, sophomore Kaitlin Robinson tallied twice, sophomore Maggie Bacigalupo had two goals and freshman Charley Bacigalupo scored twice.

Senior co-captain Franny O’Brien tallied one goal and one assist, while junior Kelly Haggerty registered one goal and a team-best six assists. Dylan Drury, a senior, junior Karina Sethi, Mackenzie Coleman (junior) Wowie Walker and senior Abby Barnett added one goal apiece for Sacred Heart.

Kelly Haggerty had one goal and six assists in Sacred Heart’s scrimmage game vs. Rye.

The Tigers displayed stellar ball movement throughout against the visiting Garnets, who are also a strong team.

“It was a super competitive game and it’s really great to be able to play against opponents during a practice setting that are not our teammates,” Sacred Heart co-captain/defender Lauren Giuriceo. “I thought our draw controls were pretty dominant and that shows our hustle between the 30s.”

Said O’Brien: “I was proud that we came together as a team, it was definitely a team effort. I think this definitely exposed a few weaknesses, things we need to work on, but we’ve got plenty of time to do on before our next game against Summit on Saturday.”

Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Payton Sfreddo, right, in action against Rye during a scrimmage game on April 4, 2022.

Laura O’Connor made 10 saves in goal for Sacred Heart, which visits a formidable Summit, N.Y., team on Saturday.

“They are very strong,” Sharon Robinson said. “We have a lot of work to do to get ready for that.”

Following their game against Summit on Saturday, the Tigers will travel to Westminster (April 13) and Lawrenceville School (April 14).

Sacred Heart senior defender Annie O’Connor reflected on the significance of Monday’s scrimmage against Rye.

“I think it was a great opportunity for us to refine our skills,” O’Connor said. “All of our scrimmages in our season is a great way to sort of develop as a team, get to know each other better, figure out our kinks and sort of work through them, so it was a successful day.”

“We got to work on our defense and different styles of defense and we also tried some plays on attack and worked on making things click on both ends of the field,” O’Connor continued.

Sacred Heart in action against visiting Rye.

Said O’Brien: “We are going to need to work on our ground balls, some of those draw controls and some of those hustle plays and 50/50s. Saturday should be a challenging, competitive game.”

Sacred Heart Greenwich gathers following their home scrimmage game vs. Rye High School on April 4, 2022.

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