Greenwich High girls lax advances to CIAC class L finals with win over Glastonbury

Led by the duo of seniors Emma Christie and Emily Johnson, the Greenwich High School girls lacrosse team advanced yet again to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class L championship game, this time beating top-seed Glastonbury High School 11-8 in the semifinal round.

“Our improvements from our game against New Canaan is incredible,” Greenwich High School head coach Caitlyn Keane said. “It seems to be what we like to do. We like a couple of days off. It seems like on Memorial Day weekend we like to relax, hang out and then play some lacrosse. We seem to get burnt out and it seems like we need that rest in between tournaments. The girls came back with a fresh attitude and are handling it well.”

The combo of Christie and Johnson paced Big Red. Christie finished with five of the team’s 11 goals, and had four in the first half alone. After playing limited minutes in the first half due to health reasons, Johnson exploded onto the scene in the second, scoring a hat trick in the second half to help secure the victory for Big Red.

“I feel really confident on our team right now,” Christie said. “We are clicking on all levels on the field, whether it’s on attack, defense or our midfield transition. Everything is clicking. Both Hall and Darien are two really good teams, so playing either one in the championship game will be a lot of fun.”

In addition to Johnson and Christie, junior Carolyn Paletta finished with two goals and sophomore Megan Collins rounded out the scoring with one goal.

For the Tomahawks, sophomore Taylor Walker finished with four goals, while teammate Cami Santor, a junior, added two goals. Both senior Courtney Peterson and junior Jane Modlesky added one goal.

“The reality is that they are an FCIAC team and they are Greenwich, a two-time state champion,” Glastonbury head coach Kris Cofiell said. “They beat us two years ago and beat Cheshire last year. They play in big games all the time. I have six seniors and start four sophomores, including a goalkeeper. If you asked me in the beginning of the year if we would be here, I would have said that I don’t think so. As the year progressed, absolutely. They were an exciting group to be a part of.”

With the victory, Greenwich advances to the CIAC class L championship game for the fourth year in a row. Last year Big Red won its championship by beating Cheshire High School 9-8. The previous year, Big Red topped Glastonbury for the title 10-8. Three years ago, Greenwich started its run playing in a title game, but was upended by New Canaan High School 10-9 in the CIAC Division I championship game.

For seniors Christie and Johnson, they are the two seniors that were playing in a championship game since their freshman year.

“It’s insane,” Keane said. “Emma is the only four-year varsity player and has actually been in every single game and every single playoff series run. I believe Emily moved up at one point too. It’s got to be special for them because it’s special for me coaching them in all four of them. It’s fun to see and I know they are excited.”

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Christie said. “Win or lose, playing in a state championship is a tremendous experience and I’m really excited.”

To read more on the game, including more quotes and stats, check out tomorrow afternoon’s Greenwich-post.com and click on sports.

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