Glastonbury High School girls' lacrosse team ends great season in semi-finals
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jun. 6, 2013
The Glastonbury High School girls' lacrosse team notched a 15-1 regular season and entered the Class L tournament as the #1 seed. The Tomahawks dispatched Stamford 12-3 in the first round on May 28 and edged Ridgefield 17-15 in overtime on May 30.
But the team's run ended after a fierce battle with Greenwich in the semi-final game, held at Cheshire High School, on June 4. Afterward, coach Kris Cofiell said her team exceeded expectations this year.
She pointed to a yellow card the Tomahawks had earned early in the second half, which gave Greenwich momentum. “In my mind, that play had happened 10 times in this game, and it just happened that that time it got a card,” she said. “It's not the player's fault or the officials'. It was an inopportune moment.”
“We just made some simple errors on attack,” said midfielder Katherine Nuzzolo. “We should have taken care of the ball better, and they capitalized on it.”
Sophomore attacker Taylor Walker said the Tomahawks worked on plays, but didn't execute them completely. Even though there were times when Glastonbury had that momentum, bad bounces took them down. “We worked as a team and got three goals, and that pumped us up,” she said, adding that two shots she had that hit the crossbar were “frustrating.”
“Our defense couldn't have tried harder,” said junior Cami Santor. “They gave their all.”
“Cami had a game today. She stepped out of her skin and just brought a lot,” Cofeill said, adding that said she is proud of her team's 17-2 season.
“The reality is that this is a young team,” she said. “We have six seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen. My first two kids off the bench are freshmen. In some ways, we overacheived. When you looked at this team at the beginning of this year, this is not where I thought we would be."
The Tomahawks are now 0-5 against Greenwich in playoff games. Greenwich also beat the Tomahawks in the 2011 finals and won the Class L title again in 2012.
“We've had our opportunities against them, and we had them today,” she said. “That's a great program. That's a storied group.”
Cofiell said her seniors have been great leaders, including Nuzzolo. “She's a great player – emotional and hard-working – she's your heart and soul on the field,” she said.
“It was interesting. My expectations for this year have been far exceeded,” Cofiell said.