1. SCORING IN BUNCHES: Scoring runs are part of the lacrosse game and three of them allowed No. 5 New Canaan to cruise to a 19-7 win over No. 6 Ridgefield in the Class L championship. A 3-0 run after the Tigers scored the game’s first goal, a 4-0 run to close the first half and a 7-0 run to close the second half resulted in a big win for the Rams.
2. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE: One of the key moments in the Class L game came midway in the first half. With Ridgefield trailing New Canaan 4-2, Ridgefield’s Maeve Tobin had three-straight free position shots. But Caroline O’Dea came up with a save each time.
3. A GOOD START TO DEBUT: East Catholic made its first appearance in the Class S final and its inexperience was supposed to give New Fairfield a big advantage. But at least for the first 13 minutes, the Eagles held their own in a scoreless game. Nicole Berry gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead with 12:00 to go.
4. UNABLE TO CAPITALIZE: Sometimes the best opportunities in lacrosse can be the toughest. Contributing to the scoreless first 13 minutes of the Class S final were errant shots from only 5-6 yards out. Each team had four wide open shots that went either wide or high over the net.
5. ENDING ON STRONG NOTE: It took a while for New Fairfield to get in a rhythm in Class S. But after East Catholic’s Alexa Weber tied the game at 1, the Rebels scored the last four goals of the half for a 5-1 lead at halftime. The Rebels ended up outshooting the Eagles 16-7 in the first half.
6. GOAL STOPPER: East Catholic’s Alexa Weber entered the Class S final as one of the most prolific scorers in the state with more than 400 goals in her career. New Fairfield’s Sophia Kleopoulos assignment was to shadow and defend Weber throughout the game and she did a solid job, holding Weber to three goals and an assist. New Fairfield won 9-6.
7. DIDN’T GO QUIETLY: In the Class S game, New Fairfield was cookin’ like Betty Crocker with an 8-2 lead. But East Catholic didn’t go quietly into the night and gave its fans some hope. Macy Wilcox scored twice and Cami Pasqualoni (the daughter of former former UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni) and Alexa Weber had one goal each to make it a two-goal game. Wilcox’s second goal made it 8-6 with 4:01 left in the game. But Nicole Berry stopped the Eagles’ momentum giving the Rebels a 9-6, the game’s final score.
8. RIVALRY LIVES UP TO HYPE: The Class M final between fierce SCC rivals Branford and Hand was expected to be a back-and-forth battle between two very strong teams. They set the tone early and often in the first half. Hand took a 2-0 lead, Branford answered with a 6-0 run to take a 6-2 lead with 15:21 to go, Hand scored the next three goals to trim the Hand lead to 6-5 and at half time it was 8-6 Branford
9. LEADING THE WAY: LeBron James isn’t the only player in sports who carries their team on their shoulders. While winning a girls lacrosse state title certainly involves a team effort, there are players who sometimes take control of a game. Sophie Spencer accomplished the feat, scoring her team’s last three goals — she had five overall — to lead Branford.
10. GOOD REVIEWS: The sport of high school girls lacrosse took center stage at Law High on Saturday with its CIAC Class L, M and S Championship games and site director Cindy Dysenchuk couldn’t have been happier. “It’s been an awesome day,” Dysenchuk said. “It’s really been an awesome day for the kids, not the adults. Every game was exciting and the level of play has been impressive. Law is a great venue for this event.”
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