The Staples girls lacrosse team's growth is personified by the fact that it is not satisfied by wins.

The Lady Wreckers showed that on Wednesday, when the team beat Warde 15-9 at Tetreau/Davis Field in Fairfield.

"It wasn't pretty," Staples Coach Cathy Schager said. "Our team played very, very hard."

Maeve Flaherty scored five goals and Katie Ambrose added four and Adele Mackey scored three as the Lady Wreckers improved to 4-0.

"It wasn't our best game," Flaherty said. "But a win is a win."

The Lady Wreckers used a eight-goal run between the first and second halves to put the game out of reach. Staples made a close, 6-4 game into a 14-4 Lady Wreckers' advantage.

"We can do a pretty good job of finishing when we put our minds to it," Schager said. "We were able to execute for a while there."

Flaherty's ability to win draws was the difference of the game for Staples. The Lady Wreckers significantly outpossessed Warde in the game.

"Draw controls were huge," Schager said.

The Mustangs fought back in the second, scoring five of the game's final six goals. The Mustangs lost for the third straight time to start the season.

"We had a hard time keeping it together," Schager said.

Because of the outcome, Flaherty and the Lady Wreckers were happy with the result despite being disappointed with the way they played.

"That's not how we want to represent Staples," Flaherty said. "I thought we were a little messy."

Schager could relate to Staples' inability to get up for the game, especially after the Wreckers emotional, 14-13 win over New Canaan on Monday.

"I understand coming out flat after Monday," she said.

Penny Tsilfides made seven saves for the Wreckers to preserve the victory. Staples will play again today at Trumbull at 4 p.m.