Katie Barr beat the clock and the Greenwich Academy lacrosse team wound up beating visiting Taft School on Wednesday.
A freshman, Barr scored with only nine seconds remaining in the second half, propelling Greenwich Academy to an exciting 10-9 triumph against Taft.
Barr registered three goals and one assist for the game for GA, which has won three consecutive games and sports a record of 4-1-1. Senior midfielder Taylor Glanville also recorded a hat trick for the Gators. Glanville also had four draw controls to spark GA.
“She has been a real X factor for us this year, with her great level of compete in critical situations,” Greenwich Academy co-head coach Katie Johnson said of Glanville’s performance.
Junior midfielder/attack Ellie Burdick had three assists for GA, which played strong defense throughout against Taft’s talented team.
“Taft has several very strong attack players and we were proud of our defenders and how they tackled those matchups,” Johnson said. “In particular, Ava Butz and Ellie Johnson had strong games defending Taft’s drives and forcing lower angle shots. Overall, our defense played great as a team, the communication, slides and individual coverages were all seamless – especially in the second half where Taft only scored twice. As a team, we only gave up two fouls in the critical scoring area, which was another of our goals.”
Burdick assisted on Barr’s game-winning goal in the final seconds and set up two more goals with precise passes.
“We’ve been working on our shot selection, and both Halley (Quillinan Griggs, co-head coach) and I were very happy with those choices today against a tough zone defense and active goalkeeper.”
“Halley and I were very impressed with Taft, which was a very well coached team, had great sportsmanship and competitive spirit,” coach Johnson continued. “It was a fun game, we were excited to pull out a victory, as we’ve been on the tougher side of a few one-goal games earlier this year. It was a great win for our program, especially considering that our starting goalie (Rebecca Arpano) was unable to play yesterday, and a freshman goalie, Persia Shipman, stepped in to make five saves.”
Greenwich Academy is in action again tomorrow against visiting Loomis Chaffee School at 3 p.m.