It may have been spring break, but the Weston High girls lacrosse team was not on vacation when it hosted Bunnell last Tuesday, April 17, at least initially.The Trojans sported 11 goals at the first half’s conclusion compared to one from Bunnell. The second half was a different story as the hosts were actually outscored 5-4 before winning the game 15-6.
A five-minute spread at the end of the first half featured the Trojans hovering aggressively over Bunnell’s goal zone, though not to score. Instead, as if toying with the opposition, the Trojans set up an elaborate pass-and-catch routine designed to fluster their opponents rather than push the game forward. It was not until the first half’s last minute when the Trojans even attempted to get the ball out of their sticks and into the net again.
Weston’s flippant and premature display stung it in the second half, where the Bulldogs outscored the hosts.
“I sympathize with the low pressure in the latter half,” said Murphy. “I’ve been there before and I know the game’s more difficult when you don’t have that adrenaline rush, but our reaction in the second half was underwhelming.”
It was payback. The Bulldogs rushed in the second half, nabbing their second, third, fourth, and fifth goals within minutes. Between Bunnell’s aggressive checking and scoring, Weston was forced to pull itself out of the brief second-half rut.
“We need to toughen up,” said Murphy. “There was no reason why the girls couldn’t support each other more on the field, and with the tough teams we’ll be facing later in the season, we’ll need to move forward smoothly.”
Stephanie Thomson led Tuesday’s offensive attack with four goals, while Lindsay Koch and Catie Ledwick knocked back three with two assists each. Two goals came in from Frances Holmes and Grace Mattison, with Holmes nabbing a single assist. Danielle DeCanio, who also received an assist, scored one. Carolyn Figliola made six saves.
According to Murphy, midfielder Morgan Moubayed recently tore her meniscus. Despite this serious setback, Moubayed attempted play in the first half against Bunnell. Moubayed’s knee injury, said Murphy, deals a serious blow to the team for the rest of the season.
“Taylor Swanson also tore her ACL before the season started,” said Murphy. “They’re two of our best players.”
The Trojans’ Thursday, April 19, away game at Bethel played out like déjà vu. However, unlike the earlier victory against Bunnell, Weston’s onslaught stayed consistent in a 19-10 win.
Weston boasted a 12-5 advantage by halftime, although Bethel kept up a steady offense. Thomson exploited the holes in the opponent’s defense, nabbing five goals by the game’s end. Ledwick followed Thomson with four goals.
Now 6-1, the Trojans visit Brien McMahon on Saturday at 11 a.m. and are at Notre Dame of Fairfield on Tuesday at 4.