One game after it received the news that it was ranked No. 21 in the nation in the Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Girls’ National Top 25 poll, Sacred Heart Greenwich’s lacrosse team remained undefeated, defeating a tough Lawrenceville squad on the road in New Jersey on Thursday.
The Tigers, coached by Sharon Robinson and Jackie Pierce Goldmann, registered a 12-9 win over Lawrenceville, raising their record to 4-0.
“The win yesterday was a complete team effort,” Sacred Heart senior co-captain Lauren Giuriceo said. “Huge saves by Laura O’Connor, clean transitions and flawless connections for assisted goals on attack made it a really fun to play.”
Junior Kelly Haggerty scored four goals and sophomore Payton Sfreddo also tallied four times to power the Tigers. Junior Karina Sethi had two goals, while senior midfielder/co-captain Franny O’Brien notched one goal and two assists in the winning effort.
“We came out very strong from the first whistle, we were able to capitalize off of some awesome defensive stops and were able to keep possession in those final minutes to secure the win,” O’Brien said.
Sophomore Maggie Bacigalupo added one goal and three assists and freshman Charlie Bacigalupo had one assist for Sacred Heart, which received 10 saves from junior goalie Laura O’Connor. Maggie Sullivan, a junior, caused two turnovers for the victors.
“I’m super proud of the way our attack handled their high-pressure defense and of our ability to stay dialed in despite the weather delay at halftime,” O’Brien said. “Lawrenceville is a very talented team so it felt really good to come out with a win.”
With four minutes remaining in the first half, play was suspended for a while due to heavy rain. When play resumed, SHG maintained the lead.
“We give so much credit to our coaches for preparing us with a clear game plan and the team for executing so well,” Giuriceo said.