Trumbull girls lacrosse showing patience

The final score – 16-5 in favor of Fairfield Ludlowe – was not the complete story for Trumbull High’s girls lacrosse team in an FCIAC battle on April 30.

The host Eagles, after all, hung close throughout the entire first half, and trailed only 4-2 at the intermission, before the Falcons pulled away.

That first half of action, Trumbull head coach Chris Hamilton noted, had him thrilled even after Ludlowe’s 12-goal second-half pull-away.

After all, the Falcons improved to 6-3 and Hamilton’s Eagles fell to 2-7-1. The team had been anxious and pressing in previous contests, and the game plan in this one was to change the approach.

“I told the girls to slow everything down, spread the offense, and just enjoy it,” Hamilton said.

The Eagles did just that, working the ball around and using patience to create scoring chances, all the while limiting Ludlowe’s opportunities.

Trumbull scored first, and was tied with Ludlowe throughout much of the opening half; the Falcons scored twice in the final 3:43, the goals came just 41 seconds apart actually, to establish that two-goal advantage heading into the break.

While he had the offense slow the pace, Hamilton asked his defenders to play aggressively.

“The defense played very well, and as aggressive as I wanted us to,” he said, pointing to the play of Kelliann McCabe, Erin Garrity, Sophia Picarazzi, Courtney Lynch and Helena Kizidag.

Trumbull starting goaltender Emma Thornton made seven saves, keeping her team in the game in the early going. Several of her stops came on free position shots. Freshman backup Mimi Marino also saw some playing time and came up with a couple of nice stops.

Emily Tinnesz scored twice and Emma Moody, Emily Uus and Shannon Siebold all scored for the Eagles.

The Falcons dominated draw controls and took control of the game early on in the second half. “They were very good with their draws,” said Hamilton, whose team managed control off only a handful of them.

Penalties also proved costly, he noted. Ludlowe netted several of its goals while a player up.

“I think we just had a really good start because we were able to keep possession,” said Moody, a senior captain, adding that once the Falcons put a few balls in the net, Trumbull’s confidence declined.

The Falcons struck only 24 seconds into the second half and kept the momentum on their side throughout most of the rest of the game. Miranda Rosenfeld had four goals, and Kate Palmer and Meghan Donahue each scored three for Ludlowe.

There’s still a lot of season left, and the Eagles are looking to make the most of it. Working together as a team and maintaining confidence is important, Thornton points out.

“I think just work on draws and work on possession throughout the rest of the season and we’ll definitely win more,” said Uus, another senior captain.

Hamilton feels that the schedule isn’t all that forgiving with upcoming games against FCIAC powerhouses Greenwich and Staples of Westport. The Eagles also have a rematch with St. Joseph, which they defeated already, and other potentially winnable games with Norwalk and Brien McMahon of Norwalk.

Although the Eagles would like to win as many games as they can, “We’re working on just having fun and getting strong as a team,” said Thornton, also a senior captain, adding that the team is striving to lay a solid foundation for the up and coming players for years to come.