Girls lacrosse: Balanced scoring gets job done

Weston High girls lacrosse coach Megan Murphy beamed as her team took home its seventh straight win against North Branford win last week.

“Everything just clicked today,” said Murphy. “Our team was excited to play, and it showed in the strength of our game.”

A series of goals in the second half, one after the other, edged Weston from an uncomfortable 8-7 lead to safe dominance in a 13-8 win on May 4.

Weston’s defense was also on point. Playing the patience game, Weston bubbled around North Branford’s attackers, overwhelming the Thunderbirds through cool defensive tactics. The Thunderbirds, squawking and squalling around the Trojans’ goal, scored only once in the game’s second half.

“We’re missing quite a few of our best players,” said Murphy, who noted Morgan Moubayed and Abby Chepolis, are out with injuries. “However, a lot of our players who don’t get to play so often played incredibly well today.”

Both Nicole DeCanio and Lindsey Koch led the team with five goals apiece.

Stephanie Thomson scored two (one assist) and Alexa Werner scored one (three assists).

Danielle DeCanio and Ana Flooks each had two assists Despite leaving the game in the first half with a sprained ankle, Frances Holmes had one assist, which moved her into first place as Weston’s all-time leader with 54 so far.

Carolyn Figliola made 11 saves in goal for Weston.

An earlier victory on Tuesday, May 1, unfurled in a similar fashion. Notre Dame-Fairfield could not breach the Trojans’ defense, and they exerted enough pressure to seal a 17-4 victory.

Originally to played in Fairfield, the game was moved to Weston due to field conditions and the turf field may have given the Trojans a slight advantage. Their lead was never threatened they led by five goals before halftime.

The scoring heated up in the second half at the Trojans pulled far out of reach. Eight different players would score.

Thomson led the team with four goals. Holmes had three and led in assists with five.

Koch, Steff Buffa (one assist) and Ali Bonafide all scored two. Nicole DeCanio (one assist), Danielle DeCanio and Alexa Herman scored one apiece. Flooks had one assist and Alexa Werner had two.

Figliola and Claudia Hason shared goalkeeping duties. The former made four saves and the latter one.

Now 11-1 overall, Weston hosts New Milford today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. and visits Immaculate on Tuesday at 4.

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