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Klara Mueffelmann, Kate Donnellan record hat tricks in Greenwich field hockey’s home victory over Warde

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich High School’s field hockey team gathers around head coach Megan Wax during their game against Fairfield Warde on September 21, 2022, at Cardinal Stadium.

The goals came early and often for Greenwich High School’s field hockey team in its game against Fairfield Warde and the duo of Klara Mueffelmann and Kate Donnellan had a hand in most of the tallies.

Mueffelmann, a senior and Donnellan, a sophomore, each recorded hat tricks for the Cardinals in their dominant 9-0 win over the Mustangs in an FCIAC game held at Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday.

The shutout win was the Cardinals’ second straight. They topped Brien McMahon, 8-0, on Monday. The two victories followed two consecutive losses, one of which was a tough 4-3 overtime defeat to FCIAC rival Ridgefield last Saturday.

Klara Mueffelmann helped ignite Greenwich’s offense against visiting Fairfield Warde.

“I think we played really well today since it was the second game after our Ridgefield game, so it was a good game for us to try new things and try our new strategies,” the Boston College-bound Mueffelmann said. “We have New Canaan coming up, so it was good to practice some things.”

Greenwich (3-2) held a 4-0 advantage on Warde following the first quarter, then took a 6-0 lead into halftime. The game’s first goal was scored by Mueffelmann off an assist by junior Liv Caminiti 50 seconds into the opening quarter. Donnellan tallied off a pass from sophomore Sofia Klingbeil with 13:24 to go in the first quarter, then added her second goal off a deflection 50 seconds later, making it 3-0. Sophomore Stella Thibeault capped the first-quarter scoring, driving a shot home at the 12:12 mark, giving GHS a comfortable 4-0 lead.

“I think we played really well today,” Donnellan said. “We played as a team and came together. The thing we’re working on is transferring the ball and we did a good job of that towards the end of the game.”

Kate Donnellan (No. 7) scored three goals in Greenwich’s 9-0 triumph against visiting Fairfield Warde.

Cardinals coach Megan Wax has been impressed with Donnellan’s aggressive play so far this season.

“Kate, all she ever wants to do is push the ball up,” Wax said. “She is relentless and has a lot of energy. She never gives up on a play and she could score a lot of goals, because she is willing to keep her stick on the ground and keep going.”

Libby Zola and Sofia Klingbeil added second-quarter goals, while Donnellan and Mueffelmann posted third-quarter tallies for the victors.

Greenwich’s Aly Janssen, left and Caroline Babb run down the field in pursuit of the ball against Fairfield Warde.

“Klara’s a really dynamic player, so she elevates everyone around her to match her speed and level of play,” Wax said.

Senior tri-captain Maddie Hoekman, a defender, moved up to offense in late in the fourth quarter and notched a goal with 7:50 remaining.

“It’s awesome to see them have the opportunity to go up to forward and it was nice to see Maddie get a goal,” Wax noted. “We love to get everybody involved and make sure that we are including everybody on the field and that we’re not obsessed with one side of the field. We had good distribution of the ball and worked both sides of the field.”

Emilia Arroyo of Greenwich looks to pass the ball while being defended during a game against Fairfield Warde.

Said Donnellan: “We played well together, we had a lot of good passes toward the end and toward the end, we started to get more corners, which helped us.”

Following a 5-1 setback against Wilton, the Cards came back strong and dropped a heartbreaker to Ridgfield in overtime on the road. However, they left the game with plenty of optimism.

“We played the best we could,” Mueffelmann said of the Ridgefield game. “There are definitely some things we can improve on, but it was a great way to get the season started. We had it we just lost it in the last second.”

Greenwich’s Caroline Babb, left, battles for the ball during a recent game against Warde at Cardinal Stadium.

“Our best game so far was against Ridgefield, we just worked really hard,” Donnellan said. “It was a tough loss, because we all put in so much effort.”

Greenwich registered 31 shots on goal against Warde and drew 12 penalty corners. Senior tri-captain got the shutout win in goal.

The Cardinals visit St. Joseph on Tuesday, then hosts a showdown against rival New Canaan on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Greenwich defeated Warde in FCIAC field hockey action.

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