Greenwich girls lacrosse get by Staples in FCIAC opener

While the Greenwich High School girls lacrosse team takes things one game at a time, it obvious that Friday afternoon’s FCIAC quarterfinal game against Staples High School had a little extra energy in it.

Just over a week ago, Big Red battled the Wreckers and was defeated in a high-scoring battle 17-14. This time around at Cardinal Stadium it was Greenwich that was able to get its revenge, as they took a 10-3 halftime lead and held on for the thrilling 14-13 victory.

“It’s so great to be on this side of the scale because they had a lot to defend,” Greenwich High School head coach Caitlin Keane said. “We had to come in and prove that we didn’t deserve that loss. At the time we deserved that loss, but we have improved a lot and wanted to show that we deserved to win today.”

Carolyn Paletta finished with a game-high four goal and three assists, while Paige Mautner added two goals and two assists.

“I am so proud of them,” Keane said. “We took the time to study Staples’ habits, break down what they did and the girls capitalized on the fundamental things that we made mistakes on the last time we played them. Our defense played like a powerhouse, our offense stepped up in a big way and our midfield took the draws a different way. Kylie (Ginsburg) made huge adjustments to her game and did a great job in net.”

Teammate Grace Paletta netted two goals and an assist, while Anne Dunster and Maddy Graves each finished with two goals. Natalie Paletta and Hannah Koorbusch rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

“We really worked hard on our offense,” Keane said. “We needed to come together as a team, so Thursday we bonded as a team to get everybody on the same page. We need to communicate with each other, talk and have fun. It showed today. Everybody was involved today and everybody was into the game. Even the girls on the bench were cheering and getting the crowd involved. It was great to see.”

With the victory, Greenwich advances to the FCIAC semifinals, where they will battle top-seeded Darien High School Tuesday night at New Canaan’s Dunning Field. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., with the Wilton and New Canaan semifinal game taking place at 5.




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