The Staples field hockey team showed its making strides Wednesday despite losing 2-1 at home to Norwalk, dropping to 4-7-1-1. Staples came out with a lot of energy in the first half with many crisp passes and shots. Norwalk raised its record to 7-2-2-1.

Lady Wrecker senior Katya Strage took several passes through the Bears. With the help of senior captain, Lucy Goss, they developed good passing sequences. Sophomore Mischa Strage was aggressive and had a breakaway late in the first half. The younger Strage also blocked the ball on Norwalk's free hits from the goal line.

In the waning moments of the first half, junior Sammy Hardy maintained good stick work to keep the ball in Staples' hands while classmate Erica Gendell was a hawk on defense and successfully protected her goalie for the most part.

Going into the second half, the Lady Wreckers trailed 1-0 despite the encouragement they gave each other. Senior Venetia Stanley, had multiple accurate passes, which helped provide a pathway to the goal for Staples. Sophomore Gaby Horowitz played on offensive for most of the second half, using her techniques to get into position, which aided the Lady Wreckers in getting a corner.

Late in the second half, senior Jess Davis, scored for Staples and tied it 1-1. However, much to the Lady Wreckers' chagrin, Norwalk answered immediately and reclaimed the lead, 2-1.

After a Bear injured a Staples player, the Lady Wreckers were awarded a stroke and Mischa Strage took. However, the shot was unsuccessful.

Staples thought it played a good overall game. Junior Elizabeth Driscoll said, "I have noticed an improvement since our first game this season. Our offensive players have become more defensive and our defensive player more offensive, which has really benefitted our team positively."

Goss added, "Even though we lost, we are very proud of the team because we played more passionately than we ever have before."

Lady Wrecker coach Cecily Cowburn agreed with her players and praised them for their hard work and determination. "There was much better energy today from the entire team. This game made me realize what a long way we have come. We have gained so much momentum throughout this season so far. This game in particular, we did much better with passing and thinking about what we could do off a particular ball."

Staples hopes to clinch a Class L playoff berth today and will do so if it beats Trumbull, the team the Lady Wreckers host at 4 p.m. at Ginny Parker field.