GREENWICH — It was apparent from the outset which direction Friday’s FAA tournament lacrosse final was heading and which team would get its hands on the winner’s trophy.
Scoring goals early and often, top-seeded Sacred Heart Greenwich cruised to a 19-3 win over visiting Rye Country Day School in the conference tournament’s title game.
The Tigers, who have won 13 straight games and are 17-2 on the season, captured the FAA title for the second straight year.
Wasting little time in displaying its dominance, Sacred. Heart bolted to a 13-0 halftime lead.
“The first half was great,” Tigers coach Tara Clough said. “We came out and really pushed the pace, moved the ball well and set the tone early.”
Sophomore Lily DeConcini, junior Ryan Smith and sophomore Katie Keller helped spark the victors in the first half. With a big lead, the Tigers ran an effective stall toward the end of the first half. They also patiently moved the ball around the perimeter during the second half, taking time off the clock.”
“Lily did a great job of setting up her teammates, while Katie finished at the cage and Ryan also led the offense,” Clough said.
Senior Samantha Clark, junior Athena Corroon and sophomore Amelia Sheehan also powered the Tigers throughout. The Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the second half. Rachel Keefe started in goal for Sacred Heart, which had possession of the ball for approximately 80 percent of the first half.
DeConcini scored five goals, Clark tallied twice, Hilary Hoover scored two goals and Sheehan lit the scoreboard twice for the Tigers. Sophomore Morgan Smith scored one goal and had six draw controls, while junior Caroline Paul had one goal and collected four ground balls to also pace the winning effort.
Paul assisted on two goals, as did Ryan Smith for Sacred Heart, which has held all but one of its foes to single digits in scoring this season.
“We didn’t walk on the field over confident, instead we trusted in each other and ourselves,” Ryan Smith said. “Lacrosse is a game of runs and momentum, so we made sure not to let up and keep pushing the whole 50 minutes.
“Hopefully, we can continue this play as we enter the New England Tournament and even into next season.”
Added Clough: “It’s been an amazing season and I’m so proud of our team. “It was a total team effort. Now we’re playing in the NEPSAC Tournament and we’re really looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to playing Deerfield, GA and Loomis.”