All season long the Weston High girls lacrosse team has used its potent attack to make short work of opponents in the South-West Conference.
The Trojans had averaged more than 17 goals per game against SWC teams. The league playoffs would be no exception.
Such was the case in the Division II finals against Bethel. Scoring early and often, the defending champs remained at least a step ahead of the competition at all times in an 18-11 win in frequent rain on their home field last Thursday, May 23.
“They had been looking to get back at us,” said Weston senior and captain Morgan Moubayed, whose team also defeated Bethel in last season’s inaugural Division II title game. “It seemed like we wanted it more.”
The top seed in the tournament, Weston first had to deal with Stratford in the semfinals two days earlier. Defense played a big part as the Trojans kept the Red Devils attack well in control for a 17-7 win at Penders Field in Stratford.
Weston had also defeated the Red Devils by a 10-goal (10-0) margin early in the season. Both sides improved their attack since then.
It was all in a day’s work for the Trojans, who went up 11-3 in the first half and never looked back.
Lindsay Koch led Weston with five goals. She also had three assists.
Moubayed (two assists) scored four and Stephanie Thomson (one assist) netted three.
Frances Holmes (five assists), scored two. Taylor Swanson (two assists), Danielle DeCanio and Ana Flooks (one assist) scored one apiece. Rhemi Toth added an assist.
Kristin Caolo made nine saves in goal for Weston.
Like Stratford, Bethel had also lost to the Trojans during the season (20-7). They expected the rematch to be closer.
“They played great,” said Borman, noting how the Wildcats had improved. “I told the girls 20-7 was not reflective.”
At first it seemed like the Trojans had the making of another rout. Winning a number of draw controls, they built a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes courtesy of goals by Moubayed and Taylor Swanson.
A goal by Bethel’s Eloise Gagnon stopped the run but temporarily. Weston reeled off three more of its own and was looking at a 6-1 lead with 16:18 left in the half.
What followed would serve as a wake-up call for Weston. The Wildcats began to dominate the draw controls, getting into Weston territory and scoring four straight goals. In less than four minutes the lead had been cut to 6-5.
“Our defense struggled,” said Borman, noting Bethel’s run. “It was not our strongest game.”
Still, the Trojans picked up the pace with another three-goal run. A little off the field excitement would follow.
With 1:26 left to go in the half play was suspended due to thunder and lightning. A half hour later the action resumed and Weston got back to business.
For the most part the scoring remained fairly even for much of the second half as Weston’s lead fluctuated between a three and five-goal margin. It dominated the last 10 minutes, netting four straight.
From that point on the defense of Caitlyn Coates, Grace Mattison, Haley Singer and Alex Fontaine kept the Wildcats in check.
Moubayed led Weston with six goals. She had three assists and was named the MVP for the tournament.
Koch netted five (one assist) and Holmes scored three (four assists). Swanson had two (five assists).
DeCanio and Flooks (one assist) each scored one goal.
Caolo made eight saves in goal for Weston, now 17-1 overall. It takes part in the state Class S tournament as the No. 2 seed this week. Should it win its first-round game it will play in the quarterfinals today (Thursday) at home against Bethel at 5 p.m.