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GIRLS LACROSSE: STAMFORD 8, WESTHILL 5 Defense holds tough

May 9, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD — In the second half, Stamford’s coaches made Kelly Jagodzinski come off the field for water and a breather.

The brake did not last long, as Jagodzinski wanted no part of the sideline, preferring to spend every moment she could on the field in what she and her teammates viewed as the most important game of the season against city-rival Westhill.

Sure enough, it was Jagodzinski with the ball in her stick several times in the final minutes as Stamford attempted to run off the clock, preserving the 8-5 win over the Vikings.

After losing to the Vikings last season, Jagodzinski was not playing her last high school game against Westhill any other way than going out on top.

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“No, no, no, no, we were not losing this game. We lost to them last year and that was not fun,” Jagodzinski said. “I love playing with my team and I knew I needed to be on the field. I was hot and tired but I couldn’t think about myself in that situation. I was going to sacrifice my body to win this game and I went back on the field and tried to play my best.”

Jagodzinski scored twice for Stamford as did Olivia LaBella and Sydney Leeds with Tamia James and Melany Sanchez each tallying one goal apiece.

The Black Knights led 6-3 at halftime and although Westhill had the better of the possession in the second half, the Stamford defense, anchored by goalie Reaging Hyppolite and her 12 saves, kept Westhill from getting in front.

Westhill held Stamford to just two second-half goals but lacked cohesion offensively according to coach Kim Stow.

“We made some changes during timeouts and halftime and there were certain girls that just didn’t make the adjustments and didn’t follow the game plan. When that happens, we can’t be successful.” Stow said. “Our defense stepped up in the second half, our goalie played phenomenal but our attack didn’t. We have to keep telling them the same thing every time and they don’t want to do it.”

Westhill got two goals from Grace Hansen and one each from Margot Buckley, Emily Reid and Jackie Fahey.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Kelly Jagodzinski, Stamford. Not only did Jagodzinski give up her body and score two goals but she seemed to get the ball into her stick, especially winning groundballs at the most crucial moments of the contest.

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“Our number-one goal was to beat Westhill this year and the girls worked so hard and the second half was where it all came together,” Stamford coach Steve Paletta said. “Sometimes this season when we would make mistake the girls would get down but today they got right back in the game. And they executed out defensive game plan that we put in a week ago and they did it perfectly.”

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STAMFORD 8, WESTHILL 5

STAMFORD 6 2—8

WESTHILL 3 2—5

Records: S—3-12, 1-8 FCIAC; W—4-10, 1-7

Goals: S—Kelly Jagodzinski 2 Olivia LaBella 2, Sydney Leeds 2, Tamia James, Melany Sanchez; W-- Grace Hansen 2, Margot Buckley, Emily Reid, Jackie Fahey Goalies: S—Reaging Hyppolite 12 saves; W—Caroline Mezias 8 saves

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