Glastonbury Lacrosse Dominates Southington in 20-2 Win

By Danny Atkinson

GLASTONBURY-The Glastonbury High School girls lacrosse team entered Saturday afternoon’s game against Southington with the goal of playing more efficiently in certain areas as well as building upon Wednesday’s 16-1 win at Avon. Well, mission accomplished.

The Tomahawks (6-4) defeated the Blue Knights (8-4) 20-2, their third win in four games.  Glastonbury took control on both ends very early, scoring the opening 10 goals in just 10:40 while holding Southington scoreless. It ultimately entered halftime leading 15-0. The defense maintained that strong play in the second half, holding the Blue Knights scoreless until 4:13 seconds remaining.

Senior Catherine Guanci led the Tomahawks with four goals and also earned three assists. Junior Tori Hurley scored three goals and dished out four assists, and fellow junior Marina DiPiazza also scored three. Junior goalie Maura Shiring committed eight saves. Senior Morgan Raymond scored both goals for Southington.

“Entering the game, we were focused on getting down the field quicker, getting better shot selection and spacing ourselves out better,” Glastonbury head coach Kris Coffiell said. “Those were all areas we improved on in this game. Today we were also able to get our entire starting lineup and younger players more opportunities and it really felt like everyone was on the same page.”

The Tomahawks wasted no time establishing momentum, scoring twice in the first minute. They won the opening face-off and Guanci quickly obtained the ball and found Hurley open in front of the goal for a score 23 seconds in. At exactly the one minute mark DiPiazza scored, with Guanci again obtaining the assist. Glastonbury took a 3-0 lead 3:02 in thanks to DiPiazza, who displayed some smooth ball handling and shooting for a second time. In these opening five minutes the Blue Knights obtained multiple scoring opportunities but players were wide on shots that defenders challenged well.

The Tomahawks began a stretch of offensive dominance six minutes in, scoring six goals in the span of 2:29. The run began with Guanci’s first goal, which saw her maneuvering gracefully through a tight pack of defenders. Just 17 seconds later, senior Julia Ostrowski scored off a pass from Hurley as the defender came late, and 30 seconds later senior Angela McCarthy gave her squad a 6-0 lead, beating goalie Mary Claire Brick high. McCarthy kept up her strong play, scoring on a ground ball after senior Caroline Bogue won a faceoff and found her open in front of the goal. 35 seconds later, Hurley scored her final goal by beating Brick to her left following a pass from DiPiazza, and the run ended when Guanci scored 9:31 in to give Glastonbury a 9-0 lead. Throughout this run, the Tomahawks displayed excellent ball movement and spacing as well as superior athleticism, which was exhibited when they beat Blue Knights players to balls and forced sloppy passes and shot attempts.

Coffiell discussed the offense’s overwhelming success in the opening few minutes.

“Our off-ball movement was great. They were always active and that’s what you need to do,” she said. “Players were communicating and creating opportunities for others.”

Guanci also discussed the offensive success in this stretch.

“Today, we did really well moving the ball and our passing was on point. Nobody was selfish and working as a team made us successful,” she said.

Guanci handed Glastonbury a double-digit lead 1:45 later when Guanci and Hurley teamed up, with both displaying great athleticism. Hurley scored two minutes later and DiPiazza on a free shot with 9:34 remaining to make it 12-0.

The Tomahawks scored its final three goals of the half in a two-minute flurry beginning with 6:55 remaining. They were scored by Bogue, junior Ali McLaughlin and senior Kate Tashjian, with Guanci and Hurley picking up assists on the first two scores. During this flurry, the offense did a strong job working the midfield to help set up shots next to the goal.

Glastonbury’s defense continued to play at a high level in the second portion of the first half. The defenders successfully bodied up on the Blue Knights attackers and made ball movement difficult, especially close to the goal, and consistently displayed superior athleticism and speed. The Tomahawks also benefited from an offense that was frequently inaccurate with shots and passes, and Shiring made smooth saves when challenged.

“Our defenders sticks were up and their footwork was excellent,” Coffiell said. “Maura was excellent as well. The kids communicated very well and were prepared and that’s the direction we need to be heading in at this point in the season.”

Glastonbury offense was much quitter in the second half, scoring just five times. This was for a variety of reasons, including an attack that clearly played more conservatively, a lineup that was changing frequently and inserting younger members, and Southington’s defense playing more efficiently and displaying better vigor.

The Tomahawks went on their final scoring run beginning 8:34 in, with a quartet of players scoring four goals in just under four minutes. It started with Guanci scoring her final goal on a free shot. 53 seconds later Tashjian scored a second time, and it was followed by a goal from junior Lindsay Janeczek at the 10:15 mark which was set up by Guanci, with Janeczek beating Brick high. Sophomore Hallie Campbell then beat Brick to her left with 12:40 remaining to give Glastonbury a 19-0 lead. Hurley earned her final assist. The team’s final goal was scored by sophomore Ali David with 5:52 remaining, with assistance coming from junior Hannah Anselmo.

The Tomahawks defense played well throughout the half. Members consistently challenged passes and shots and spaced themselves out well to stay with Blue Knights players. The defenders were able to alter shots multiple times at the last minute that appeared to have a good chance at success. After Glastonbury maintained possession for much of the first 20 minutes, Raymond scored Southington’s two goals in the final 4:13. Both were scored right in front of the goal and set up by good ball movement.

Guanci also discussed where the Tomahawks played more efficiently on Saturday.

“On offense we were able to work the ball around more and avoided turnovers, which helped boost our confidence,” she said.

The captain said Glastonbury’s last two wins should give it momentum going forward.

“I think the wins should definitely boost our confidence as a team and help us play better against the big dogs and in the playoffs. Today our offense improved, and that should carry forward into the next few games.”

 

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