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Staples girls lacrosse rides balanced scoring to win over Trumbull

Updated 3:25 pm, Monday, April 29, 2013
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Fueled by goals from eight different players, the Staples High girls lacrosse team trumped Trumbull 16-7 on Friday at McDougall Stadium.

"We had a lot of kids involved," Staples coach Peter Najarian said. "We've been working on making sure that it's a more balanced offense and that we're scoring not just from the midfield, but our attack's getting involved as well. They did a nice job of that today."

Midfielders Paige Murray and Jenna McNicholas led the Wreckers with four goals apiece. Ryan Kirschner and Sami Bautista each scored twice.

"I think we were working on working as a team together. I think we executed that well," said Kirschner, who added a team-high four assists. "Every single person on our bench played. ... I thought that it was a whole good group effort."

Bautista's goal with 14:11 left in the first half broke a 2-2 tie and sparked a string of 12 unanswered goals for the Wreckers, spanning into the second half.

"You want to bust it open. Once we did that, I had a chance to pull all the starters out and get everybody on the field, which was nice," Najarian said.

The Wreckers led 11-2 at halftime, then opened the second half with two goals from McNicholas and one from Nicole Najarian to make it 14-2.

Trumbull (2-4-1) had some late success against the Wreckers' reserves, scoring five times over the final 12:26.

Jamie Appelberg and Nora Collins each had two goals to lead the Eagles.

With Staples now 7-3 on the season, Kirschner believes that the Wreckers are heading in the right direction.

"I think we're at a good place right now. Obviously, the loss to Ridgefield, I thought we could've beaten them," said Kirschner, referring to the Wreckers' 15-7 loss on April 5. "Where we are now, I definitely know we could beat them. ... I think the efforts we're making, we can only go up from here."

Emma Boland made five saves in goal for Staples, while Kirsten Flicker came in late to stop four shots.

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STAPLES 16, TRUMBULL 7

STAPLES 11 5 -- 16

TRUMBULL 2 5 -- 7

Records: Staples 7-3, 3-3 FCIAC; Trumbull 2-4-1, 1-4-1.

Scoring: S -- Paige Murray (4g, 2a), Jenna McNicholas (4g, 1a), Ryan Kirschner (2g, 4a), Sami Bautista (2g, 1a), Nicole Najarian (1g, 1a), Sam Kratky (1g), Meredith Hood (1g), Jessica Adrian (1g). T -- Jamie Appelberg (2g, 1a), Nora Collins (2g), Emily Uus (1g, 1a), Madeleine Collins (1g), Natalie Crowe (1g), Stevi Dineley (1a), Margaret Parisi (1a). Goalies: S -- Emma Boland (5 saves), Kirsten Flicker (4); T -- Ariana Matz, Jennifer Stowe.

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