Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Varsity A lacrosse team put the finishing touch on a successful week by excelling on both ends of the field in a game against Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday morning.
And the end result was another victory for the Tigers.
The winning streak to start the season is five and counting for Sacred Heart, which improved its record to 5-0 with a well-earned 13-7 triumph over visiting Cold Spring Harbor from Long Island.
Senior attack Kelly Haggerty recorded a hat trick with two assists to lead the Tigers to their latest convincing victory. Junior midfielder Payton Sfreddo registered three goals and one assist, while Maggie Bacigalupo, also a junior midfielder, tallied three times for Sacred Heart, which received two goals and one assist from senior attack Karina Sethi.
“I felt that we came in really strong, we’ve played a few games this past week and this game, we knew we had to start off strong and we did that,” said Sethi, who will play lacrosse at the University of Vermont next season.
Sacred Heart finished 3-0 on the week, as they also notched victories against School of the Holy Child and Penn Charter School. Saturday marked their third game in four days.
“We played with a lot of confidence in each other throughout the game,” Sethi said. “The past few games have given us confidence that we needed.”
“We’ve been practicing since early March and we had the training trip together and that helped to bond our team,” Sethi continued. “It also helped to get the fundamentals down and get the plays down.”
Haggerty, Bacigalupo and Sfreddo powered the Tigers’ offense during the first half against Cold Spring Harbor. Sethi helped spark Sacred Heart Greenwich’s attack in the second half.
“I thought the team played very well today,” SHG coach Sharon Robinson said. “It was a scrappy game, the girls played hard. The Cold Spring Harbor team was very talented. But we scored when it mattered and came up big defensively.”
Senior Laura O’Connor made six saves for Sacred Heart, which received another strong defensive effort. SHG junior defender Olivia Leahy caused three Cold Spring Harbor turnovers, as did sophomore midfielder Charley Bacigalupo. Junior attack Wowie Walker had one goal and one assist, while junior midfielder Kaitlin Robinson assisted on a goal for the Tigers.
Ava Lillis, a junior midfielder, created two turnovers and Sfreddo caused the visitors to commit two turnovers. The University of Virginia-bound Sfreddo also gathered six ground balls for the Tigers, who are captained by Haggerty (headed to Fairfield University to play lacrosse) and senior defender Corbin Callaway, who will play the sport at Bucknell University next year.
“I think it was great, we’ve been working hard on it,” O’Connor said of the squad’s overall defensive play. “Everyone came up with forced turnovers and I’m really proud of all the work we’ve put in.”
“I’m really proud of our team, I think we’re playing great, we’ve really come together as a team,” said O’Connor, who will play lacrosse at Yale next season. “During our training trip last week, we were able to get a lot of good team bonding in, so we are able to work well as a team on the field together.”
Sacred Heart has one game this coming week – a much-anticipated matchup against national power Darien High School – the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
“We were really prepared coming into today,” Sethi noted. “We’ve had a lot of games in the past week and we keep building on top of those games and working on what we need to after each game. We’ve just been putting in the work in between the games we’ve had this week and we came out strong today.”
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