Lady Tomahawks run out of time in title game

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Jun. 13, 2011
Glastonbury's Taylor Moreau tries to knock the ball out of Greenwich goalie Hannah Jeffrey's net, late in the Class L championship game on June 11, which was won by Greenwich, 12-10. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Taylor Moreau tries to knock the ball out of Greenwich goalie Hannah Jeffrey's net, late in the Class L championship game on June 11, which was won by Greenwich, 12-10. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Class L girls’ lacrosse state title game was closer than the 12-10 final score indicates. The Greenwich Cardinals dumped a goal in with two seconds to go, after managing to play “keep away” with the ball for at least six of the last eight minutes, staving off a Glastonbury comeback.

The one Glastonbury possession in that last interval resulted in a quick goal by junior Kathleen DeVito, but the Tomahawks were unable to knock the ball free from the Greenwich sticks to take another shot that could have tied the game.
That came after Glastonbury rallied back from an 11-6 deficit to make it 11-10 going into the final two minutes.

Greenwich started the game off with a quick goal, but Tomahawk co-captain Taylor Moreau answered with one of her own. Greenwich tacked on two more, but Moreau and junior Leah Zavalick answered and kept the game tied. Greenwich dumped in two more, but so did Glastonbury’s Morgan Walker (another senior co-captain) and junior Kathleen DeVito, and the teams went into halftime tied at 5.

The second half started with another punch-counter-punch, and the teams were quickly tied at 6 after senior co-captain Colleen Duggan’s goal. Then, Greenwich scored five unanswered times in four minutes. Moreau added her third, and Zavalick, Walker and DeVito each got their second goals, but then Greenwich was able to kill the clock.

GHS coach Kris Cofiell said the rally after being five goals down was indicative of her team’s tenacity, regardless of the situation.

“Obviously, it’s a team that has heart,” she said. “That’s a team that doesn’t give up. They’re never going to step back and just let someone else control their destiny.”

The draws, Cofiell said, were the difference in the game, as Greenwich noticeably won most of the 50-50 balls, but the Tomahawks played extremely well when they had possession.

“They did everything that they’ve been doing all year,” Cofiell said. “Every day, they’ve worked hard and worked hard some more. Today just was a bummer. If a couple of things went differently, it would have been a different game. Unfortunately, when it’s the state championship, you don’t get another try. You’ve got to wait until next year.”

Regardless of the outcome, Cofiell said she was proud of her team.

“They handled themselves well, and that’s just the great senior leadership,” she said. “Our starters are all seniors and juniors, and our captains are all four-year players. It’s just a great group of kids.”


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