Tomahawks to fine-tune after rough opening

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 22, 2011
Glastonbury's Taylor Moreau fires a shot after making a great steal in the Tomahawks' loss vs. New Caanan on April 21. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Taylor Moreau fires a shot after making a great steal in the Tomahawks' loss vs. New Caanan on April 21. Photos by Steve Smith.

After a 2-3 start, the Glastonbury High School girls’ lacrosse team can point to a front-loaded schedule that pits them against some of the top teams in the state.

After an 11-6 loss to New Canaan (the defending state champion), coach Kris Cofiell said the team now has some clear indicators of what they need to be working on.

“You try to get the best out of conference games that you can, and sometimes things like this happen,” she said. “You can’t shoot 6 for 28 and have 10 free positions and have none of them result in a goal. We did a lot of really good things. I feel like we out-possessed them, and I feel like the midfield defense was on.”

Cofiell added that New Canaan’s goalkeeper played great.

Besides New Canaan, Glastonbury played Wilton(currently ranked #1) and Longmeadow, a perennial Massachusetts powerhouse, in a three-game stretch with few practices in between.

Cofiell said the team lost several good players to graduation last year, but many younger players, as well as six seniors this year, are stepping up.

“They’re taking over the roles that were vacated,” she said. “I feel like we have the skill - we just need to get it together.”

Among those leaders are the co-captains, midfielders Colleen Duggan, Morgan Walker and attacker Taylor Moreau.

“Taylor is like having a coach on the field,” said Cofiell. “She’s a student of the game. She works real hard and pays attention. She’s a good player and very talented.”

“Duggan is a four-year player who started in defense, and now she’s a middie,” said Cofiell, “It’s great to have her punch on the attack end. No doubt about it.”

“Walker is going to UMass,” said Cofiell. “She’s got great athleticism, and great speed. She did well for us, and always does.

Specifically, it’s really just a matter of fine-tuning to get the team on a winning pace.

“It’s the small things,” Cofiell said. “There’s no big project. I’m not looking at them and saying, ‘I’ve got to re-vamp the world right now.’ It’s the small things like shot selection, and when you slide to double on defense, staying with it.”

Those, and other small adjustments, are very doable for her team, Cofiell said.

“We’re going to get better and better as we go,” she said. “It’s a front-loaded schedule. I have no doubt good things are going to happen. We’re going to get more trusting on defense - you’ve got to know what your teammate is going to do.”

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