After a tough game against Glastonbury, the Staples girl’s lacrosse team ended their season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the state tournament on Monday. For the first half of the game, it seemed like Glastonbury was dominating the game but the half ended with a tie. Then, going into the final half, Staples couldn’t keep up and the game ended with an 11-7 win for Glastonbury.
“I haven’t seen the team play like this,” said head coach Cathy Schager. “We had trouble executing some basic plays and we were playing more as individuals than as a team.”
Staples hit some rough patches with some of the referee calls. While Schager said that she would never blame calls for a loss, “they did change the momentum of the game.” Ali Crofts ’12, was given two yellow cards in the second half and wasn’t able to play the rest of the game.
The Glastonbury girls were putting excessive pressure on Maeve Flaherty ’12, who was often being covered by four girls at a time. However, Schager said that she “handled the pressure and moved it along.”
Overall, though, the problems came with the offense since the defense played a lovely game, according to Schager. Goalie Panagiota Tsilfides helped by playing a strong second half with over 8 saves.
Looking back on the season, Schager was thrilled with their success. “I am so proud of the girls and we were able to accomplish things that had never been done such as beating Greenwich and New Canaan.”