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Stamford rolls over Westhill in girls lacrosse

Published 10:49 pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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  • Westhill's Nicole Senerchia and Stamford's Jenn Kruppa compete for the loose ball during their lacrosse game at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Stamford won, 18-2. Photo: Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate
    Westhill's Nicole Senerchia and Stamford's Jenn Kruppa compete for the loose ball during their lacrosse game at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Stamford won, 18-2. Photo: Jason Rearick

 

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STAMFORD -- The Stamford girls lacrosse team, has grown accustom to close games, picking up its two previous wins this season by a goal each.

The one thing the Black Knights have not been able to accomplish is being able to build a big enough lead so they could enjoy themselves a little bit in the final minutes.

That opportunity came at the perfect time for the Black Knights who rolled over rival Westhill 18-2 at Westhill Tuesday afternoon.

Stamford coach Greg Lewis said his team executed well in all facets of the game and there was no better time for it all to come together than against Westhill.

"We were doing the things we wanted to do and we were executing the things we focused on during the week," Lewis said. "This was a long time coming for us. Not only because it was Westhill but we were waiting to win a game by a margin. We play teams well tightly but we have to get separation by the score and I think we did that today."

Kelly Niesen scored five goals while Jasmine Li and Camry Evans had three apiece for the Black Knights who led 7-2 at the half.

The senior Li said the Black Knights function best with multiple players filling up the scoring book.

"I'm glad the score was the way it was because we really showed them what we got," Li said. "I think we really played as a team. We were strong at clearing the ball and scoring off the opportunities. We want everyone to score. We want each girl to have the opportunity, not just one or two girls to score every goal."

Stamford (3-7-1, 2-6-1 FCIAC) certainly spread the wealth, watching seven different players score goals.

For Westhill (2-10, 1-8), a poor showing against its rivals was not exactly what coach Kait Rochler had in mind, saying her team needed to take better care of the ball.

"We were 50/50 for draws but it is the turnovers in our offensive end that hurt us," Rochler said. "We work on it repetitively and it is repetitively the problem. They are definitely embarrassed, as they should be."

Erin Gray and Eliza Engel scored the two goals for the Vikings.

Lewis said the Black Knights were able to pressure the Westhill defense by getting out in transition and continuing to attack.

"We pushed the ball up the field in transition and we were really looking to do that," Lewis said. "Staples did that to us last week really well and we wanted imitate that. We also wanted to execute on our plays. We haven't been able to run plays in terms of timing and execution but we did that today. We also wanted to pressure them on defense and force some turnovers and bad passes and ride them all over the field."

Scott.Ericson@scni.com;

@EricsonSports

Stamford 18, Westhill 2

STAMFORD 7 11 -- 18

WESTHILL 2 0 -- 2

Scoring: W--Erin Gray 1g; Eliza Engel 1g. S--Jasmine Li 3g; Jen Krupa 2g; Kelly Niesen 5g; Annie Archer 2g; Camry Evans 3g; Klara Hoherchak 2g; Kaitlyn Hutter 1g.

Goalies: W -- Devon Pearson 3 saves; S -- Lesly Sanchez 6 saves

Records: S - 3-7-1, 2-6-1 FCIAC; W - 2-10, 1-8

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