Greenwich Academy lacrosse team wins thriller over Sacred Heart, 11-10

In a match-up that pitted two highly-talented crosstown rivals on the same lacrosse field, it was Greenwich Academy that was able to pull ahead of Sacred Heart and hold on for the dramatic 11-10 victory yesterday afternoon.

The last time the Gators and Tigers matched up was in the FAA championship game last year, a game that GA was able to pull ahead and capture the championship. This time around it was the Tigers that started out firing on all cylinders early and held on for the 6-5 halftime lead. However in the second half, the Gators were able to control the tempo and possess the ball for the majority of the time.

Sasha Fritts finished the game with a team-high four goals for GA. Lexi Henkel and Gabby Noto each added two goals and one assist, while Emilia Tapsall netted one goal and one assits and Izzy Nixon scored one goal and added two assists. Angie Loynaz also tallied one goal and one assist.

“I thought we were steady,” Greenwich Academy head coach Angela Tamamro said. “We jumped out to that two-goal lead late and let it slip away. However I thought we were a little more resilient and showed that we could keep on pecking away and got back in the game. We played pretty well in the second half. We had a lot of takaways in the final six minutes and we played at a level of what we needed for that game.”

For the Tigers, Colleen O’Neill led the way with three goals, while Allie Kenny finished with two goals and one assist. Mo Leitner added two goals, while teammate Catherine Hayden finished with one  goal and one assist. Taylor Ryan and Emma Novick each rounded out the scoring for CSH with one goal apiece.

“We were fired up,” Sacred Heart head coach Courtney DePeter said. “It’s always fun to get excited for this game, but I was really proud of how we played a full 50 minutes and gave it our all. This was definitely our best game that we’ve played so far this season. GA is always a strong team and there is always something special about this game when the two of us come together. We were so close and I really wish we could have finished a little differently.”

With the victory, Greenwich Academy upped its record to a perfect 9-0, while Sacred Heart fell to 5-4 on the season. For much more on the game, including photo, quotes from both sides and more stats, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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