The Staples girls lacrosse team raised its record to 3-1 with a 17-2 victory at the Stamford Lady Knights on Friday.

Although Stamford's program is new to the varsity level, Staples knew it had to take the Lady Knights seriously because they recently played a close game at St. Joseph.

"We were focusing on the same kinds of things we always do, winning draw control and loose balls and controlling the tempo," Lady Wreckers Coach Cathy Schager said.

Staples took advantage of its ability to control the game. "Stamford was a really great game to practice our plays on offense, and that is what we tried to work on through out the game: settling the ball on offense and then getting off a really great shot rather than solely in transition," sophomore Maeve Flaherty said.

Flaherty contributed four goals and several draw controls and takeaways as the team's starting center. Along with Flaherty, sophomores Remy Nolan (three goals, three assists), Jessie Ambrose (two goals, one assist) and Adele Mackey had notable performances as well. Ambrose also had several ground balls and draw controls.

Juniors Nicole Seo (three goals) and Elizabeth Driscoll (two goals) also contributed on offense.

The team's improvement since last season has been evident. "I definitely think that all the work in practice on transitions has definitely paid off. We are much more fluid and comfortable making long passes than we have been in the past," senior captain Lexa Koenig said.

With the win, the Lady Wreckers moved up in the state rankings from 25th to 21st. "But it's early in the season so the ratings are still a little skewed. There are still teams above us that shouldn't be. So hopefully that will be remedied by some more wins," Koenig said.

In order to maintain their positive start to the season, Staples will need to continue to improve in order to be successful against its upcoming competitors. The Lady Wreckers plan on working on their offensive transition and settled offense as well as continuing to sharpen their shooting and stick skills.

"We have a very tough week coming up with Warde, Darien and Greenwich," Schager said.