Taking care of the ball has been a mainstay for the Weston High girls lacrosse team throughout the season.
By controlling possession as well as passing effectively, the Trojans have managed to score quite a few goals. Difficulty in these respects would have its consequences in the state Class S semifinals last week.The defending champs, the third-seeded Trojans had trouble early when they took on second-seeded Granby Memorial. While they did improve in this respect later one they could not close the gap with their opponent, losing 9-4 in a rematch of last season’s finalists on Wednesday, June 6, at Fairfield Warde High.
“We have some young players we relay on,” said Weston head coach Megan Borman, whose team ended the season. “They were a little more nervous.”
One area in which Weston had trouble in particular was draw controls. Granby had a 12-3 advantage , setting up a number of scoring opportunities.
“We didn’t come up with them.” said Borman. “They were winnable.”
The Bears controlled possession for much of the first half, taking a number of shots that missed the mark. Weston’s defense held them off until 6:53 remained in the half when Olivia Johnson netted her team’s first goal.
Granby appeared to score again half a minute later but the goal was nullified due to an offsides call. It was not only 1:45 remained than the Trojans scored their first goal, courtesy of Stephanie Johnson to tie it at 1-1.
It appeared the half would end that way but with 12 seconds to go Megan Griffin snuck one in as the Bears went up 2-1 and would remain in the lead the rest of the way.
The momentum appeared to carry over into the second half as the Bears’ Cailene Gunn drove down field for two goals and a 4-1 lead.
Weston, however, would not go quietly after that thanks to Lindsay Koch. The sophomore netted three goals in six minutes to get her team within one (5-4) with 7:23 left to play.
Unfortunately, that was as close as it came. The Bears’ defense held up and its attack added four more goals in the time remaining, including two by Johnson, as they ended Weston’s reign as Class S champs.
“We could’ve played better,” said Borman. “Even when we were coming back I didn’t think we were playing our best.”
Koch scored three goals for Weston and Thomson netted one. Carolyn Figliola made six saves for the Trojans, who finish at 16-5 overall.
“We didn’t play our game today,” said captain Catie Ledwick, one of six seniors on the team. “It was really frustrating. We were really working towards this one.”