Having the advantage in one aspect of the game was particularly important for the Weston High girls varsity lacrosse team in its game at Joel Barlow.
By winning the vast majority of the draw controls the Trojans put themselves in good shape last Thursday, April 22. Such often led to fast breaks down field to set up scoring opportunities for an 18-12 win.
It was Weston’s first-ever win over Barlow.
“We were doing well on fast breaks in the first half,” said Weston head coach Megan Borman. “We connected really well with passes.”
While Weston went up 2-0 on goals by Taylor Swanson and Morgan Moubayed in the first five minutes of play the best was still yet to come for the visitors. Barlow, in the meantime, got its attack going end eventually tied it at 4-4 on a free position play by Emma Coppock with 4:20 left in the first half.
What followed was two more ties and two more lead changes. Lindsay Koch and Swanson helped the Trojans keep pace but the Falcons ultimately had the last word, coming with seven seconds to go as Brielle Kolf put her team up 7-6 going into halftime.
The Trojans began to dominate the draw controls in particular at the start of the second half. This led to eight straight goals courtesy of Koch (two), Alexa Werner, Fran Holmes, and four by Moubayed.
“We came out purposely in the second half as tough as we could,” said Borman.
Barlow finally stropped the run with 12:16 to go on a goal by Kolf. The closest it came to catching the Trojans was to within five (15-10) with 6:31 left but the former led 18-10 going into the last minute.
Koch scored six goals. Moubayed also netted six, a season-high, and had three assists.
Werner (two assists) and Swanson (three assists) each scored two. Holmes (six assists) and Stephanie Thomson (one assist) netted one apiece. Danielle DeCanio had one assist.
Kristin Caolo made four saves in goal for Weston.
The scoring really heated up for the Trojans two days later when they hosted North Branford. It became their highest tally of the season in a 20-8 non-league win.
Swanson led Weston with five goals and had one assist. Both Moubayed (two assists) and Thomson (one assist) scored four apiece and Werner (one assist) had three.
Holmes scored two and led in assists with three while Koch and Ana Flooks (one assist) each scored one.
Caolo made five saves for Weston, which had now won six straight games. It hosts Bethel today (Thursday) at 5:30 and goes to Westhill on Monday at 4:15.