Despite losing 1-0 at Danbury on Wednesday, the Staples field hockey team is off to a good start. Staples scored five goals in its first two games and dropped to 2-1 after losing to Danbury (1-1-1).

"We're trying to score more goals," Lady Wreckers Coach Cecily Cowburn said. "The defense has done a good job of marking and making adjustments."

Against the Danbury Lady Hatters, Staples had its opportunities. The Lady Wreckers had an 11-6 advantage in penalty corners but few of their corners translated into shots as they ended the game with only three. Danbury had six shots and Staples senior tri-captain goalie Jen Hoets made five saves.

"Danbury just beat us to the ball and it took us awhile to realize we're playing to win," Cowburn said. "Our forwards need to be more hungry for the ball."

Hoets has 12 saves overall and has allowed four goals. The Lady Wreckers defeated Trumbull 2-1 on Sept. 15 and Westhill 3-2 last Friday. Senior Ellen Kaminski and junior Caroline Kearney have two goals each. Sophomore Shelby Phares has a goal and an assist. Junior Blaney Rotanz has two assists and classmates Callie Hiner and Emily Ashkin each have an assist.

Senior tri-captains Liz Driscoll and Erica Gendell anchor Staples' defense. Classmate Hannah Bjornson and sophomore Josie Fair have also stepped it up on defense.

"Our backs are our foundation and the midfielders are doing very well," said Cowburn. "We have to get our midfielders and forwards connecting."