Water polo GHS girls edged by Greenwich Aquatics in season-ending tournament
Greenwich’s girls water polo team concluded another successful season with a tough 10-9 loss to neighborhood rival Greenwich Aquatics at the Cardinal Tournament Friday night at Greenwich High School.
As was the case in the first two meetings between the two teams this season, Friday’s matchup between the Cardinals and Greenwich Aquatics was a back-and-forth battle.
Greenwich Aquatics jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, then the Cardinals tied the score at 3 and went ahead, 4-3, in the second quarter.
The lead went back and forth several times in the second half, before Greenwich Aquatics seized a 10-9 edge in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
Kaila Carroll scored a team-high six goals to pace Greenwich High. Bella Schraa, Emma Phillips and Jenna Handali each added one goal for the Cardinals, who finished their season with a record of 7-2.
“Our team played a very good game,” GHS coach Paul Constantine said. “We had a lot of steals on defense and on offense, we just got unlucky and hit the goal posts a few times. The Aquatics goalie also had a few great saves.”
The Cardinals defeated Aquatics in the team’s first meeting of the season and Greenwich Aquatics won the last two.
“Even though we lost, I see it as a win for us,” Constantin said. “In the past year, Aquatics used to beat us by about 10 goals. This season, we won our first game against them, lost in overtime in our second game and lost by one goal in our third game.”
Also in the Cardinal Tournament on Friday, Greenwich’s B team was edged by Chelsea Piers Connecticut in overtime, 13-9. Schraa tallied twice, while Charlotte Hallisey, Lilly Hopper and Phillips also helped lead the offense.
Friday’s tournament marked the final game for GHS senior captains Barbara Malone and Kate Turkeltaub.
“It was a great season,” Constantin said. “I see a steady increase in our play and I am sure that we’ll keep growing in the years to come.”