Greenwich field hockey stays alive in FCIAC chase with win over Wilton

Greenwich High School junior Erika Hvolbeck charges down the field during a recent game at Cardinal Stadium. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich High School junior Erika Hvolbeck charges down the field during a recent game at Cardinal Stadium. — Paul Silverfarb photo

The Greenwich High School field hockey team made its final game of the regular season a memorable one by traveling to Wilton High School and upending the perennial powers 2-1 earlier today.

“We have been working really hard and they brought their 60-minute game today,” Greenwich High School head coach Allyn Orrico said. “I think this game is a great confidence builder because Wilton is such a great team. To be able to beat a team like that on their home field is big. I told the girls all season that they need to believe in themselves and play like a team. They did that today.”

The loss for the Warriors was the first of the season. Although they already locked up the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC postseason, the Warriors fell to 11-1-1.

Greenwich scored both its goals in the first half, as senior Sarah Stinebaugh and sophomore Paige Mautner each found the back of the net.

“It was very important to get those two first half goals,” Orrico said. “I keep on preaching to the girls that they need to control the tempo of the game. They are very skilled and this is such a momentum game. If you can really come out, set the pace and really control the tempo of the game, you are really able to ride that wave the whole way.”

Fellow sophomore Kate Palastro assisted on Stinebaugh’s goal.

“Our forwards have been working really hard on finishing drills and they really contained the goal nicely today and were able to convert on two of our opportunities,” Orrico said. “Tania Iskandar, Rebecca Lit and Sophia Portera did a tremendous job at midfield. Leah (Hoatling) played amazing and our defense of Sarah Cicchetti, Anne Dunster and Maddy Graves were outstanding. It was a complete team effort.”

As a team, Greenwich finished with four shots on net while Wilton added 10. GHS senior goalie Leah Hotaling finished with eight saves in the winning effort.

For Wilton, Jillian Mahon scored the lone Warrior goal, while Amanda Hendry finished with two saves.

With the victory, the Cardinals upped its conference record to 6-4-3-0 and moved into an eighth place tie with Westhill High School in the FCIAC standings. However in order to compete in the FCIAC tournament, Big Red will need some help.

Norwalk and Westhill will play each other Thursday and the outcome of that contest will go a long way in determining Greenwich’s FCIAC tournament fate.

“I’m going to let thing play out and not worry about it,” Orrico said. “You would go crazy thinking about the scenarios and it will keep you up all night. Whatever happens, happens. I am still just as proud of the girls because it’s still playoff season. If we get into FCIACs, that would be beautiful. If not, then this game set the tone for us in the playoff season. I like the way the girls set the tone.”


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