NORWALK — Adriana Alfisi’s own worst critic has always been staring back at her in a mirror.
After Norwalk defeated Brien McMahon 5-2 on Monday at Testa Field, that critic was silenced.
Alfisi scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Bears to the win over their archrivals.
“Adriana has been working a lot on staying disciplined and going to the goal,” Norwalk coach Kyle Seaburg said. “To her credit, she works hard. She works on that stuff. She’s her own worst critic, so I’m proud of her for doing that.”
Alfisi admitted she’s been hard on herself, but has worked to changed that since stepping into a starting role.
“I worked on my attitude during the offseason and I fixed it so hopefully I’m better,” said Alfisi, who now has eight goals on the season. “It feels great. It’s an honor to score against the opposing team, especially when they’re your rivals from across town.”
Alfisi’s first tally came on a nifty reverse stick shot courtesy of a Julia Vaccaro pass. Her second goal was picking up a ball that jumped over a defender’s stick and punching it home.
Tally No. 3 came off a rebound of a shot, putting the finishing touches on yet another Norwalk win.
Norwalk, winners of six straight, improved to 6-1 on the season. McMahon slipped to 1-5.
The Bears raced out to a 4-0 lead behind two of Alfisi’s goals and solo tallies by Lauren Deering and Tessa Albrecht.
The Senators got one back before the end of the half as Abby DeCesare scored off an assist from Julia Bale to make it 4-1.
Alfisi wrapped up the hat trick in the second half while Ava Tracy scored for the Senators.
Leah Pascarelli made 11 saves for McMahon while Norwalk’s Jessica Monteiro stopped three shots.
Norwalk had 10 corners in the game compared to just five for McMahon.
NORWALK 5, McMAHON 2
McMAHON 1 1—2
NORWALK 4 1—5
Records: McMahon 1-5, Norwalk 6-1; Goals: N—Adriana Alfisi 3, Tesssa Albrecht, Lauren Deering; BM—Abby DeCesare, Ava Tracy; Assists: N—Alfisi, Mia Lanzarotto, Julia Vaccaro; BM—Julia Bale; Goaltenders: BM—Leah Pascarelli (11 saves), N—Jessica Monteiro (3 saves).