Girls lacrosse: Trumbull topples Stamford

The Trumbull High girls lacrosse team used a second-half flurry to turn aside FCIAC rivals Stamford, 12-9, at McDougall Stadium on Tuesday night.

A goal from sophomore Shannon Siebold broke a 7-7 deadlock with 19:45 left in the second half and the Eagles, behind stellar play from goaltender Miriam Marino, made the lead stand up.

With the victory, Trumbull improved to 4-2 overall and matched its win total from the entire 2015 season.

“We are looking for more,” Eagle head coach Jess McKinney said. “When we attack a game the way we attacked a game tonight, we can compete with the best in the FCIAC and the best in the state. Our goal is definitely to make states and to get into those playoffs games. We want to show what Eagle lacrosse is about. I think we are going to surprise some people.”

Courtney Lynch powered the Eagles with four goals, Emily Tinnesz had three goals and Riley Chase and Siebold added two apiece. Sophia Hopwood also scored a goal for Trumbull.

Jenn Krupa led Stamford (3-2-1) with four markers, Caroline Ryan had three and Sydney Leeds and Kelly Jagodzinski one apiece.

Trumbull led 7-6 at the half, after Krupa and Leeds scored in the final minute to reduce the Black Knight deficit.

Ryan’s tally at 23:23 forged the first deadlock of the game for Stamford, but Trumbull quickly responded with a quick strike from Siebold at 19:45, with Tinnesz providing the assist.

“If you can keep the momentum and the winning mentality, it drives the momentum of the game,” McKinney said of the Eagles never falling behind after Stamford tied the match.

The Eagle defense kept the Black Knights at bay over the final 19 minutes, allowing just single goals to Krupa and Ryan. A huge part of protecting that advantage was the play of Marino in the the cage.

The sophomore came up with several big stops to preserve the Trumbull margin.

“She has stepped up in a big way,” McKinney said. “It’s been instrumental in making sure we have connectivity on the defense… In addition to that, she earned our first game ball this year in our opening game [a 9-8 road win over Newtown] because she was able to come up with those big saves and transition the ball. She is never going to get credit for an assist, but she deserves it.”