Greenwich advances in class L tourney with win over Staples [SLIDESHOW]

UPDATED: Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9:13 a.m.: In its first game since its disappointing loss in the FCIAC tournament opening round, the Greenwich High School field hockey team rebounded by beating Staples High School 3-1 in the second round of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class L tournament earlier today.

“We had two really good practices yesterday and the day before, so I felt that they were in a good position to make a nice run in this game,” Greenwich High School head coach Allyn Orrico. “I was very proud of the way we responded, especially with the way we played in the FCIAC tournament. We bounced back and were really focused and energized. It was very nice for them to execute today with what they’ve done in the previous two practices.”

Trailing 1-0, Greenwich caught fire the rest of the way and scored three unanswered goals. With 12:48 to play in the first half, freshman Paige Mautner got possession of the ball in front of the Staples’ net and fired the shot to tie the game.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Greenwich netted a 2-1 lead, as senior Hannah Koorbusch got the ball and passed to senior Sydney Cole, who fired the shot in the back of the net. Big Red added its third goal of the game with 6:01 to play in the second half, as junior Sarah Stinebaugh got the pass from Cole.

The Lady Cardinals finished the game with 11 shots on goal, while GHS senior goalie Freddie Bancroft finished 10 saves.

Although Greenwich came away with the victory, it was Staples that started the game in grand fashion, grabbing the early 1-0 lead.

“We just talked about stepping up to the ball and being aggressive,” Orrico said. “That was our goal in the state tournament. It’s going to be really important to control the tempo of the game. There are so many talented players in the state, so I think it’s really important to try and dictate the tempo that you want the game to move at. It’s crucial to gain and keep possession.”

With the victory, the Lady Cardinals advanced to the class L quarterfinals and will play another familiar foe. On Friday afternoon at 2, Greenwich will host No. 6 seed New Canaan High School, who beat No. 11 seed South Windsor 2-0 earlier today.

“We need to play as a team and that’s really important for us,” Orrico said. “We have a lot of depth on our team and we have to make sure that everybody understands that it has to be one person to win the game for us. We have to make sure they don’t play as a bunch of talented individuals and play as a talented team. The girls did that today and that was the difference maker. If we play like that going forward, I think we can go far.”


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