NORWALK — The Brien McMahon girls lacrosse team got another shot at a team that handed the Senators one of their toughest losses of the season.
Just a week ago on a rainy and dreary Casagrande Field, Trumbull earned a 12-11 overtime win over McMahon on Senior Night which was a bitter pill for the Senators to swallow.
Given another chance, McMahon wouldn’t waste it as the Senators jumped out to a 9-3 lead, thanks to strong play off the draw, and held off a late rally from the Eagles on their way to an 11-10 victory over their FCIAC rival in a CIAC Class L state qualifying-round game on a steamy, sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Casagrande Field.
“Knowing that this was our last home game and having the opportunity to play the same team that beat us like that is just amazing because it’s redemption and not lot of teams get redemption for that type of thing,” said McMahon’s Tatiana Arias, who won the majority of draws for the Senators.
It was evident through the first half and the first five minutes of the second half that the 14th-seeded Senators (10-7) were clicking on all cylinders offensively. Anna Bean completed a hat trick to put McMahon ahead by six goals with 20:01 remaining in the contest.
“We had a grudge match with Trumbull just a week ago and unfortunately lost in overtime, but the girls put in the work,” McMahon head coach Mary Peters said. “We came in prepared, tweaked our plays a little bit and the girls flawlessly executed them. The work they put in from last week to this week really showed.”
However, Trumbull, the No. 19 seed, wouldn’t give up, and through the efforts of 5-foot freshman sparkplug Kiki Grant, the Eagles cut the lead to 9-6 off Grant’s goal from Riley Chase with 13:05 left on the clock.
Trumbull head coach Jess McKinney, who completed her third season with the program, said she preaches resilience with her team.
“We respect that team (McMahon),” she said. “They’re athletic and extremely fun to play. I’m proud of the girls and unfortunately it didn’t go our way today. Tatiana did very well on the draws today and they capitalized on that often.”
Just 16 seconds later, Bean scored off the winning draw from Arias in transition to give the Senators a 10-6 lead.
“It’s a huge win and super exciting, especially since we lost to them in overtime last week,” Bean said. “When I do take my drives and when I do end up sinking the ball in the net that comes from off what my other teammates have done to set me up, so it’s a team thing and we all work together. That’s the reason why we’re so successful this year.”
Arias tallied what turned out to be the winner for an 11-6 lead with 9:48 left in the game.
Grant spearheaded the Eagles’ comeback, however. She assisted on Riley Chase’s goal (9:27) to start a four-goal barrage and capped the run with her fourth goal of the game off a free-position shot with 12.5 seconds on the clock.
It seemed only fitting, though, that on the final draw, Arias would win it and she ran the ball into her team’s defensive end to kill the clock.
“My coach always tells us that if you win the draw, you win the game,” she said. “That’s what I kept saying to myself and I had been doing well on draws the entire game so when the ball went up I barely tipped it and it was going to where I was running.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tatiana Arias, McMahon. The senior midfielder and captain won 14 of 23 draws and netted two goals, including what turned out to be the winning tally.
Anna Bean, McMahon. Bean, a senior midfielder and captain, led the Senators with four goals and added an assist.
“In practice we worked on the draw control a ton because that’s where Trumbull tripped us up last game and we knew that was going to be a point of emphasis for us. We spent a lot of time working on that and Tatiana Arias did a fantastic job of adjusting how she handles the draws and that made a huge difference, especially in the first half.” — McMahon coach Mary Peters
LONG TIME COMING
McMahon was making its first appearance in states since 2011 and the Senators earned their first win in the tournament since 2009.
Toward the end of the first half, Trumbull’s Shannon Siebold and McMahon’s Grace Lane were involved in a scary collision that knocked both players out of the game. McKinney said losing her senior attacker and team MVP definitely hurt.
SOLID IN GOAL
Peters also praised the play of sophomore goalie Nicole Ostaszewski, who finished with 10 saves and made some huge stops down the stretch for the Senators.
McMahon plays at No. 3 Greenwich in the Class L first round on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Senators lost to the Cardinals 18-5 earlier this month.
McMAHON 11, TRUMBULL 10
TRUMBULL 3 7 —10
McMAHON 6 5 —11
Records: McMahon 10-7, Trumbull 7-10. Scoring: M—Anna Bean 4 goals, 1 assist; Anna Makover 2g, 1a; Tatiana Arias 2g; Delaney Oak 2g; Meg Sisk 1g; Caitlyn Hocker 1a. T—Kiki Grant 4g, 2a; Nicole Devito 2g, 1a; Riley Chase 1g, 1a; Caroline Chase 1g, 1a; Joanna Pirog 1g; Emma Butler 1g; Shannon Siebold 1a. Goalies: M—Nicole Ostaszewski (10 saves); T—Olivia Osterberg (8 saves).