Leah Caputo’s goal with 1:49 remaining in the second half propelled the Greenwich High School girls lacrosse team to a hard-fought 13-12 win over host Cheshire in a non-conference matchup on Thursday night.
Caputo’s tally gave the Cardinals their first victory of the season. Greenwich began the season with losses against formidable foes in Staples, Ridgewood (N.J.) and Massapequa.
“Our team has been working so hard and tonight, the scoreboard and the win column reflected it,” GHS first-year coach Rachel Vallarelli said. “They have been working hard leading up to this game and it felt really good to get that win.”
Senior Grace Fahey scored a team-high four goals to lead the Cardinals (1-3). Sophomore Delaney Roth tallied three times, while senior Katie Large registered two goals in the winning effort. Paige Finneran had one goal and one assist, while junior Jessica Ware and sophomore Grace Collier added one goal apiece for Greenwich in the back-and-forth game.
Caputo assisted on three goals, while senior Jennifer Kelly, Roth and senior Olivia Caan each had one assist for the victors.
Anne Eddy, a senior, scored four goals and junior Caroline Dutchyshyn had a hat trick for Cheshire. Sophomore Raegan Bailey and senior Annie Acquavita each tallied twice for the Rams (4-1).
Fahey’s goal with 8:52 left in the second half gave Greenwich a 12-11 lead. Bailey’s goal with just under five minutes remaining made it 12-12, before Caputo notched the game-winner.
“We were up in the first half, then they came storming back,” Vallarelli said. “Then it was back-and-forth. We gutted it out and came up with a good team win.”
Up next for Greenwich is a home game against Danbury on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cheshire visits Mercy on Tuesday at 4 p.m.