Girls lacrosse GA continues its winning ways
Greenwich Academy’s lacrosse season featured a wealth of goals, assists and of course, victories.
Five players amassed more than 50 points for GA, which finished its season with a flashy 13-2 record despite playing an ultra-competitive schedule.
“It was a really special season,” Greenwich Academy coach Melissa Anderson said. “I said to the team the other day it’s a particularly tough season to end. If you have a group that still brings energy and commitment late in the season with all the distractions that come with the end of the school year, that’s impressive. Our team produced a lot of positive energy all year, they really enjoyed being there and it was contagious.”
The Gators’ season began with decisive wins against Vero Beach and Benjamin School on their trip to Florida early in the spring and a 17-9 victory over Wilton in their home-opener.
Their season concluded Wednesday with a tough, 15-14 overtime road loss to Oak Knoll (N.J.) School — ranked among the top 25 teams in the Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour national poll.
Greenwich Academy held an 8-6 halftime lead, before Oak Knoll rallied to send the game into overtime.
“They got three quick goals at the beginning of the game, then we started to work our way back into the game,” Anderson said. “We were neck-and-neck the whole last quarter of the game. I’m proud of how we played. We gutted it out, stuck to our game plan and played well under pressure. It was a nice way to end the season, since we don’t have a championship to play for and it could have gone either way.”
Junior attack Eliza Bowman helped power Greenwich’s Academy’s offense throughout the season, tallying 52 goals and 15 assists. Sophomore midfielder Margaret Maruszewski recorded 44 goals and 18 assists, while junior attack Katie Goldsmith had 28 goals and 24 assists.
Taylor Lane, a junior co-captain/midfielder, (36 goals, 17 assists), junior midfielder Grace Schulze (33 goals, 20 assists), sophomore midfielder Paige Lipman (24 goals, eight assists) and junior attack/midfielder Tessa Brooks (24 goals, eight assists) also paced the Gators in the scoring department.
In the circle, Lipman had a team-high 72 draw controls, while Brooks notched 64 and Lane and Grace had more than 30 apiece. Junior goalie Cate Spaulding made 70 saves during the course of the season.
Only three teams scored in double figures against GA on the season — Oak Knoll, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Hackley School. Sacred Heart Greenwich, which only lost one game all season, handed the Gators one of their two losses, posting a 13-7 win on April 27. Greenwich Academy won four of its remaining five matchups following the loss to their crosstown rival.
“I always believe that you learn from tough games and sometimes, losing,” Anderson said. “After our Sacred Heart game, we changed our warm-up and made a few changes in practice and we were able to see an improvement in certain things in our later games. I think they surprised themselves by doing so well in the tough games we played later in the season.”
Leila Schneider the lone senior on the squad, who graduated from GA Thursday, received the school’s Veno-Webb Award for excellence in lacrosse. Schneider served as one of the squad’s captains.
“She joined the team as a freshman and really had to earn her spot,” Anderson said. “She played a utility role her first two years and her junior year she emerged as an impressive off-ball defender. Most of the work she does goes unnoticed — she defends off the ball so well and she takes kids (opponent’s top offensive players) out of the game by defending them so well.”
Lane, one of nine outstanding juniors on the team, received the program’s Wyman Award for embodying the spirit and skill of the game.
“Taylor is amazing, she often provides the spark that we need to change the momentum,” Anderson said. “She carries a lot of the momentum of the team on her shoulders.”