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Roundup Sacred Heart Greenwich field hockey opens with win

September 13, 2018 GMT

Behind three goals from Beth Yeager and two from Ellie Manriquez, Sacred Heart Greenwich began its field hockey season with a 7-0 win over host Hackley School on Wednesday.

The Tigers (1-0) seized a commanding 5-0 halftime lead. Manriquez scored the game’s first goal at the 16:50 mark of the opening half. Ryan Smith’s goal with 15:44 left in the first half made it 2-0. Manriquez assisted on Smith’s goal.

Yeager tallied with 14:44 to go and Sydney Gallop scored off a pass from Yeager, putting Sacred Heart on top, 4-0 with 11:53 still left in the opening half.

“The team was very enthusiastic about their first game today,” Tigers coach Alex Gheorghe said. “We were pleased with the energy and their overall performance. Hackley played hard, but we were quicker on transition.”

Manriquez and Yeager each added one more goal in the second half. Olivia Caponiti made one save in the shutout for Sacred Heart.


The Gators opened their season with a 7-1 road loss to a powerful Choate Rosemary Hall team.

Greenwich Academy trailed 3-1 at halftime. Katie Goldsmith scored Greenwich Academy’s goal, converting a penalty kick.

“Choate has a very good team, so to play them early in the season like that is very tough,” GA coach Alistair Lonsdale said. “The later in the season you play a team like that the better. We weren’t clicking on all cylinders, but I thought we played pretty well. The score isn’t indicative of how we played.”

Greenwich Academy hosts King School on Thursday.


Two premier FCIAC teams faced each other in an early-season matchup Tuesday, as Ridgefield hosted Greenwich in a rematch of last season’s Class LL Tournament quarterfinals.

The Tigers, who lost to the Cardinals in the state quarterfinal-round last fall, had the final say Tuesday, edging Greenwich 3-2.

Mackenzie Wanicka had 22 assists and eight digs, while Nora McNeese added six kills for Ridgefield, which won the match by game scores of 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 14-25, 16-14. Ellie Brady notched 12 digs in the win.

Lily Saleeby registered 18 kills to pace Greenwich (1-1).

“It was a good learning tool for us,” GHS coach Steve Lapham said. “It was a tight match, the pressure was there. This match showed us what we have to work on — executing our serve and passing.”

Adele Sotgiu recorded six kills and Caroline Mrdelja had four blocks for the Cardinals.