Seniors share high standards with newcomers

Katie Coppola, Lindsay Bull and Caroline Pagliaro captain Trumbull’s girls lacrosse team.

Katie Coppola, Lindsay Bull and Caroline Pagliaro captain Trumbull’s girls lacrosse team.

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Top notch leadership has been the guiding force for the Trumbull girls’ lacrosse team.

“As a group, our seniors hold the younger players to the same high standard they want to compete at themselves,” Trumbull coach Marissa Mongillo said of her nine upperclassmen. “There are games that haven’t gone our way, but scores don’t always reflect how hard they work.”

Katie Coppola, Lindsay Bull and Caroline Pagliaro captain the 3-8 Eagles.

“Katie Coppola is an attacker. She and Lindsay have great chemistry and help organize our attack,” Mongillo said. “Lindsay is a big ball of energy, and we can also throw her on the defensive side where her height (5 foot 9 inches) is a big help. Caroline Pagliaro was a straight defender as a junior who we moved to midfield. She took it in stride and has been phenomenal. Caroline is a great role model.”

Coppola leads the Eagles in scoring with 22 goals and 19 assists. Lauryn Wright has 30 goals and Lauryn Delaney 25.

Delaney leads Trumbull in draw control.

“She has a good wing-span to win the ball in the air,” Mongillo said of the senior. “Sam Crosby and Amelia Tutec are freshman we can rotate in as well. On the wing are Caroline Pagliaro, Sam Crosby and Ashley Enden.”

Tutek (20), Delaney (18), Cat Wright (13), Crosby (11) and Bull (10) lead in ground balls through 12 games.

Bull and Delaney have each caused 10 turnovers, followed by Tutek and Crosby (9 each) and Pagliaro and Coppola (8 apiece).

Maddie Ronda is a junior keeper.

“It is her first-year varsity. She worked hard to improve in the offseason and has come into her own,” Mongillo said. “Maddie Moffatt is a sophomore keeper. Our defense is a strong side that is keeping us in close games with Jenny Flynn, Amelia Tutek, Cat Wright and Lyndsay Guzzetta being anchors.”

Versatile athletes are utilized.

Our starting lineup fluctuates because we have girls that can play anywhere and help the team succeed,” said Mongillo, who is assisted by Kelly Metzger and Lisa Pulie. “We have 24 players. We tell them every day is a try out to help build the program.” Twitter: @blox354