Saturday’s inclement weather certainly didn’t put much of a damper on Senior Day for the Greenwich Academy lacrosse team.
The Gators’ seniors were superb in their final home game of their GA lacrosse careers – a matchup against Loomis Chaffee – and the entire team produced an impressive performance before their home crowd.
Senior midfielder/co-captain Maddie Holden registered a game-high six goals to spark Greenwich Academy to a 13-8 triumph against visiting Loomis Chaffee School. With their fourth consecutive win, GA improved its record to 5-3-1, heading into its last two games of the season.
Indeed, Holden, who will play lacrosse at Duke University next season, has left quite a mark on the program and turned in another sensational season this spring.
“I’m happy and sad at the same time,” Holden said of competing in the squad’s Senior Day game. “It was such a great game and I love to share every moment with the girls, but I’m said that this will be the last game on this field.”
Senior co-captain/midfielder Ava Butz had another outstanding game, recording two goals and one assist. Butz, who will continue her lacrosse career at Cornell University next season, also helped the Gators gain significant possessions, earning a team-best six draw controls.
“It was amazing, it was obviously, really sad to play your last game on your home field,” Butz said. “I’m really proud of our team, we had a decisive win. Loomis is a great team and it wasn’t great weather, but we battled and it was great.”
Taylor Glanville, a senior midfielder, posted one goal and five draw controls, sophomore attack Dylan Casazza had one goal and one assist and freshman attack Katie Barr added a goal for Greenwich Academy, which entered halftime with a 7-3 lead on Loomis Chaffee. Senior Emily Greenhaw helped pace GA’s impressive play as well, providing stellar defensive play.
“This is a day we wanted to celebrate our seniors,” GA co-head coach Halley Quillinan Griggs said. “We were excited with the way the girls came out. Both of our captains have done a great job in terms of leadership and setting the tone of our team. The senior class as a whole – Emily Greenhaw, Taylor Glanville, Ava Butz and Maddie Holden – the four of them, each of them bring something different to the team.”
Said GA co-head coach Katie Johnson: “We had some great performances from the seniors today. Maddie had her best game of the season, she ended up with six goals on seven shots. It was a great performance for her, she shot the ball really well today. Ava Butz had six draw controls and Taylor had five. Emily Greenhaw has been our most consistent player on the re-defend, causing turnovers on the re-defend. We saw great performances from the seniors.”
Leading by four goals after a first half in which it exhibited strong passing and effective defensive play, Greenwich Academy quickly added on to its advantage on Loomis in the second half. Glanville won the opening draw of the half and Holden scored in transition, giving GA an 8-3 lead 20 seconds into the half.
The Gators also won the ensuing draw and Butz gathered a loose ball and scored on a close range shot, making it 9-3 at the 24:13 mark of the second half. Glanville then converted a free position shot, putting GA comfortably on top, 10-3, with 21:38 remaining in the game.
Meanwhile, junior goalie Rebecca Arpano had another successful day in net, making five saves in the winning effort. Later in the half, Butz scored off a free position attempt, Casazza tallied off an impressive spin move and Holden tallied again, completing her eye-opening six-goal effort. Defensively, junior Ellie Johnson helped pace GA, causing two turnovers, while playing impressively throughout and junior teammate Sienna Tejpaul gathered three ground balls
For Loomis Chaffee, which is also in the midst of a strong season – it sports an 8-4 record – junior midfielder/captain Margaret Bankowski and sophomore midfielder Olivia Perriello paced the team’s offense, as they each scored several goals.
Greenhaw reflected on her last home lacrosse game at GA.
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Greenhaw said. “I love the team and everyone on it is super special, I’ve enjoyed playing here. Everyone worked so hard today. Everyone that got in and everyone who stepped on the field was awesome and gave it their all.”
Greenwich Academy visits Wilton on Wednesday at 6 p.m. then closes out its season with a road game against Hotchkiss School on Saturday.
“We’ve won our last few games and I’m really excited for our last two games and hopefully we can finish on a strong note,” Butz said. “For Senior Day, just being with my teammates and coaches and having all of our fans here was awesome.”
Said Holden: “We’re on a winning streak, which is amazing. We just keep getting better and better each game. Everyone came out here with such a positive attitude today and we weren’t afraid to take risks and take the ball to the goal.”