TRUMBULL -- After back-to-back nail-biting wins over Hall and Westhill, members of Staples High's field hockey team were more than happy to have a winning streak at four games.

However, they were also looking for their offense to click in the form of more scoring.

On Wednesday evening, the Wreckers saw their patience pay off as they netted three goals in the first half and topped Trumbull 5-0 on the road.

"We proved today that we can do it and we worked well on the field throughout--from front to back," said Jackie Lawrence, who led the offensive charge with a hat-trick, scoring all three goals off penalty corner setups.

Shelby Phares and Kathryn Lieder also found the back of the cage in the Wreckers' highest scoring performance of the season. Noortje Lueb, Jenna McNicholas, and Phares each had one assist, and Elizabeth Bennewitz helped set up two of the goals.

The Wreckers were pleased to see their attention to detail in practice translate to the game.

"It definitely showed today," Josie Fair said of Staples' focus on scoring. "Scoring five goals is a big accomplishment."

Staples improved to 8-5-0-2 and bolstered its FCIAC playoff and state tournament hopes with just two games remaining. Trumbull fell to 3-11.

"This was a nice change to be able to come out here and dominate the whole time," said Lawrence, whose team has earned five one-goal victories this season.

"I think we were able to connect. Our passes were strong enough--we played them into space," Fair said.

Staples head coach Ashley Del Vecchio said that upon entering the game, she wanted the team's focus to be on finishing scoring chances.

"I told them `Let's focus on us and what we want to do today, which is score,'" Del Vecchio said.

Aside from a 4-0 win over Ridgefield and a 4-2 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe, the Wreckers had been held to two or fewer goals in every game. But Del Vecchio insists that the team is feeling confident, especially after its victory over Trumbull.

"Hopefully we can carry it into the next game, next week," she said.

Staples' defense also played a key role in keeping the Eagles off the board, repeatedly getting in the way of shots. The Wreckers finished with a 16-10 advantage in shots and had twice as many penalty corners as the Eagles--holding a 16-8 margin in the category.

The Wreckers used two goaltenders in the win as Jodie Baris started and made five saves. Molly Barreca replaced her in the second half and stopped two shots to preserve the Wreckers' fourth shutout this season.

"It was a good win for us. It's really important, especially coming down to the end of the season," Del Vecchio said.

Andy Hutchison is a freelance writer

STAPLES 5, TRUMBULL 0

STAPLES 3 2--5

TRUMBULL 0 0--0

Records: Staples 8-5-0-2; Trumbull 3-11.

Goals: S--Jackie Lawrence 3, Shelby Phares, Kathryn Lieder. Assists: S--Elizabeth Bennewitz 2, Nootje Lueb, Jenna McNicholas, Phares. Goalies: S--Jodie Baris (5 saves), Molly Barreca (2); T--Lily Bauer (14). Shots: S--16; T--10.