STAMFORD — McMahon and Westhill are two girls lacrosse programs in the process of establishing credibility while playing in the demanding FCIAC.
So it was a fair battle Thursday as the Senators and the Vikings met Thursday at Westhill.
At the moment, it appears that McMahon’s growing squad is ahead of Westhill’s as the Senators fashioned a 12-7 triumph.
“It’s always a good game when McMahon and Westhill get together,” said McMahon’s fourth-year head coach Mary Peters. “It’s a good challenge. It’s a good opportunity to see what works on a fair competitive level.”
On this overcast afternoon, McMahon took control in the final minute of the first half.
Westhill was called for two-minute penalties with 42.4 seconds and 9.7 seconds left before intermission.
McMahon’s Anna Makover and Georgia MacInnes each scored powerplay goals off free positions to give the Senators a 6-3 halftime edge.
Then McMahon senior co-captain Charlotte Hussey scored just 3:08 into the second half for 7-3.
Westhill never got closer than 7-5 the rest of the way. McMahon’s freshman goalie Morgan Carroll collected seven saves in the victory for the Senators (3-2, 2-2 FCIAC).
“Morgan is incredible. She came to us from the girls lacrosse youth program,” McMahon coach Peters said. “She’s ready. She’s confident. She’s vocal. She’s a stellar athlete. She’s a huge addition for the growth of our program.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Anna Makover, McMahon: The sophomore collected five goals, most on free position situations, to pace the Senators’ attack.
“The key in the free position situations is thinking how to move the goalie,” Makoveer said. “By faking something first, the goalie moves and creates openings to shoot. It was a physical game but I don’t mind taking some hits if it leads to goals.”
NEXT STEP FOR MCMAHON
The Senators were 10-8 overall last season and qualified for the Class L playoffs. They won a play-in game over Trumbull before losing to Greenwich.
The value of that experience is showing this year although McMahon has just five seniors on the roster.
“Our goal is to get back to the state tournament. And to try to reach the (eight-team) FCIAC playoffs. Every win counts for that,” Makover said. “Our team chemistry is very close.”
WESTHILL MOVING FORWARD
At 3-3 overall, 1-3 FCIAC, Westhill is taking a big step after last season’s 4-12 campaign. The Vikings have toppled Norwalk, Avon and St. Paul Catholic thus far.
“We weren’t mentally ready to rock today. We made too many mistakes. The McMahon goalie made some important saves,” Westhill coach Kim Stow said. “We have dedicated athletes setting the right tone for the program. We are starting to see an influx of athletes from the Stamford girls lacrosse youth program. This year, for the first time, we have a freshman team to go along with our varsity and junior varsity squads. That will provide great dividends in the future.”