Greenwich High

Emma Abbazia reaches 100-career goal milestone in Greenwich girls lacrosse team’s Class L victory over Newington

Contributed photo: Greenwich’s Emma Abbazia scored her 100th career goal in a win against Newington.

A sophomore midfielder on Greenwich High School’s girls lacrosse team, Emma Abbazia still has two seasons of Cardinals lacrosse following this season, yet she’s already reached an impressive milestone.

The difficult-to-defend Abbazia reached the 100-career goal plateau in today’s CIAC Class L Tournament game against Newington – a matchup that saw the eighth-seeded Cardinals cruise to a resounding 17-1 road win over their ninth-seeded opponent.

Abbazia, who has led Greenwich in scoring in the majority of its games this spring, recorded a team-high five goals and added on assist. Included in her five goals was career goal No. 100.

Junior midfielder/captain Sophia Neitzell and junior attack Cece Tauber also had a terrific scoring games, totaling four goals apiece for the Cardinals, who raised their record to 10-4. Tauber assisted on three goals as well. Freshman attack Aubrey Roth tallied one goal and three assists, while sophomore midfielder Kelsey Roth had two goals to also pace the victors.

Contributed photo: Greenwich defeated host Newington in the first round of the Class L Tournament, with sophomore Emma Abbazia scoring her 100th career goal during the victory.

Flynn Tauber, a freshman attack had one goal and one assist and junior defender Rylan Sepot posted two assists in the win. Abbazia had seven draw controls and senior midfielder/captain Noey Johnson added three draw controls for the Cards.

“It’s always exciting to head into unfamiliar territory,” Greenwich coach Tara Clough said. “Today was a total team effort. Nine of our 17 goals were assisted. A tremendous accomplishment for us.”

Junior goalie Daryl Furno and sophomore goalie Katie Janis combined for nine saves, with Furno registering three saves and Janis stopping six shots in the triumph.

With the win, Greenwich earned a spot in the Class L Tournament quarterfinals, where they will visit top-seeded and undefeated Darien on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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