Girls lacrosse Greenwich lacrosse duo Fahey, Finneran reach 100 career goal milestone
Friends since they began honing their skills with the Greenwich Youth Lacrosse program as fourth graders, Grace Fahey and Paige Finneran have been teammates at Greenwich High School for several standout seasons.
So it was only fitting that Finneran and Fahey reached a lacrosse milestone several days within each other.
The Greenwich senior duo recently reached, and eclipsed, the 100 career goal plateau. Needing two goals to achieve the milestone, Fahey, an attack/midfielder, tallied five times in a 16-6 win against Trumbull on April 25, putting her over 100 goals for her impressive Cardinals career.
“Getting that 100th career goal felt great,” said Fahey, who will bring her lacrosse talent to Davidson College. “I know I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates all these years.”
Fahey’s 100th goal came in transition, as she controlled the ball off a draw, ran down field and tallied.
“Grace has been really great,” GHS coach Rachel Vallarelli said. “She’s done a great job of leading the offense and not only pushing it and taking it herself. She has a lot of assists and is great at finding the open players.”
Entering the season with 75 goals, Fahey tallied twice in victories against Westhill and Stamford this week, adding to her 100-plus career goals total, which she’s accomplished in three seasons.
“The past three years on the team has been awesome,” said Fahey, one of the Cards’ captains. “Every year our team has been so close and our relationship with each other has always been great. As an underclassman, I always looked up to my upperclassmen, now I am helping out with providing leadership to the underclassmen.”
Fahey has excelled at setting up her teammates for goals and helping the squad in the draw control department.
“I like being in the circle, fighting for ground balls and balls flying in the air,” she said. “It’s exciting and I care a lot about assists — just as much, if not more, than goals.”
Finneran, a midfielder, who will play at Vanderbilt University next season, scored career goal No. 100 in the squad’s 19-2 triumph against Westhill on April 30. She went into the game one goal away from 100 and she notched a pair of tallies in the matchup. Following the Westhill win, Finneran added to her career total by scoring twice in a victory over Stamford.
“Paige has been a lynch pin on offense and defense for us,” Vallarelli said. “She holds it down at midfield for us and has done a great job. The whole sideline was celebrating when she scored her 100th career goal.”
Assisting on Finneran’s 100th goal was Fahey.
“You can’t even make it up, Grace and I have been playing together since eighth grade,” Finneran said. “I wear No. 2, she wears No. 3 and we are both lefties. We know how to set each other up and I have gotten used to her knowing my moves.”
Indeed, Cardinals’ pair of playmakers have helped each other offensively.
“She (Fahey) has probably assisted on half of my goals,” Finneran said. “I was so happy that she reached 100 career goals, she was so deserving of it. We began playing on Greenwich Youth Lacrosse travel teams in fourth grade and our parents coached us, it was awesome and it’s been great over the years.”
The 2019 season will mark the first one in a while when Fahey and Finneran haven’t been teammates.
“Once we get to college, we’ll both have to find a player that knows our next move like we do,” Finneran said. “We work really well together and it helps that we are both lefties.”
Like Fahey, Finneran appreciates the support of her GHS teammates.
“You can’t have a goal without an assist, so I couldn’t have gotten to 100 goals with all of my teammates throughout the years,” Finneran said.
Playing an ultra-competitive schedule, the Cardinals’ record currently stands at 6-6, but they are 4-2 in the FCIAC and are aiming to enter the postseason with momentum.
“We got off to a little bit of a rocky start, we had to find our chemistry on the field, but we are going to finish our season strong,” Fahey said. “We know we can beat really good teams, because we’re a strong team, so we have to stay focused.”
“It’s all about being smart,” Finneran added. “We have the skill, talent and lineup. Being smart with the ball and keeping control on every possession will be important factors for us.”