Field hockey eyes future

With a feeder program now securely in place, the future looks brighter for head coach Ashley Delgreco and the Trumbull High field hockey team.

The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a trying season, as a 5-0 loss to Staples of Westport on Oct. 17 at McDougall Stadium dropped them to 3-11.

“Our team doesn’t lack seniors, but most of them came into the program with no field hockey experience,” said Delgreco, whose team closed out its season yesterday with a 4-0 loss to Greenwich High on Senior Night.

“The problem is, we fell behind in the first half [3-0, being outshot 9-0] and had to battle back as best we could.

“Offensively, I thought we were much better in the second half.

“What they [Staples] did early was to capitalize on our errors and use their skill players to score goals.”

Held without a shot in the first half, Trumbull came out with more offensive punch in the second 30 minutes, getting five shots on goal and coming up with the same amount of penalty strokes.

The Wreckers got a hat trick from Babson College-bound Jackie Lawrence and single goals from Jenny McNicholas and Kathryn Lieder.

Staples coach Ashley DelVecchio used two goalies, freshman Jodie Baris and senior Mollie Barreca, to record the shutout.

The win upped the Wreckers record to 7-4-0-2 and also put them in the upcoming FCIAC playoffs. It was Staples’ fifth win in a row.

“Jackie [Lawrence] had a terrific game tonight,” DelVecchio said.

“She plays well in the post and was able to finish her shots. That was important for us.

“She’s developed nicely as a center-midfielder because of her athleticism.”

Meanwhile, Delgreco feels that her team will be much improved now that the feeder program is in place in the middle school.

“It will take a little time,” she admitted.

“We’re probably looking at three years before we see the results.

Trumbull has been led this season by Lily Bauer in goal, who had six saves against Staples.

Junior forward Jamie Appelberg is the team’s leading scorer with eight goals.

Sophomore forward Emily Uus, back-field player Cristen Yakush and senior midfielders Carley Goroff and Maddy McGillicuddy are other standouts.

Goroff has scored four goals this season for the Eagles, who posted wins over Masuk-Monroe (2-1), Westhill-Stamford (2-0) and Fairfield Ludlowe (5-2).