Ashken's four assists lifts Staples field hockey past Trumbull

By Eliot Schickler

Emily Ashken had the right touch in locating her teammates Thursday.

Ashken had four assists in leading the Staples field hockey team to a 6-1 home victory over Trumbull.

"My job at center midfield was to give it 100 percent and when I get the ball, I tried to pass first and weave it into the middle, and set us up for a shot," Ashken said. "At the very least, I want to get us a penalty corner."

Staples raised its record to 2-2. Trumbull dropped to 0-3.

"It was a solid win for us," Lady Wreckers coach Cecily Anderson wrote in an e-mail. "We played hard and everyone put in a good effort to keep possession of the ball, something that we've been working on this week. Emily Ashken did a great job getting her team mates set up to score today. After coming off two difficult games this is exactly what we needed to get our engines moving again. Freshman Elizabeth Bennewitz is doing well in the midfield. She has a strong game sense. We look forward to [playing] Westhill and Danbury next week."

Staples jumped up to a 4-0 lead in the first half. Sophomore Noorjah Lueb scored the Lady Wreckers' first two goals with Ashken setting up the first tally and Misha Strage assisting on the second. Strage made it 3-0 and Ashken scored the fourth goal from Strage.

"We got good balls through the midfield, which helped," Strage said. "We worked on it in practice."

Ashken said, "There's a lot of emotion in this game because we didn't play as well [in a 2-1 Staples win] last year against Trumbull."

Callie Hiner was a defensive force for Staples.

"We went into the game wanting to win," Hiner said. "We scored early and kept the goals coming."

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Lisa Pulie scored the Lady Eagles' only goal of the game and made it 4-1 in the first half.

Sami Bautista and Blaney Rotanz scored for the Lady Wreckers in the second half with Ashken assisting on both goals.

Staples outshot Trumbull 19-2 with Lady Golden Eagle goalie Lily Bauer (13 saves) keeping the gap from exceeding five goals.

The Lady Wreckers made a defensive save.

"It helped having Caroline Kearney back," Ashken said. "She helped shore up the defense and played very well."

Winning as convincingly as it did buoys Staples' spirits.

"It gives us confidence to know we could score goals and win, which will help our confidence," Hiner said.

Strage said, "It's a great confidence-booster for the team. We got the toughest games [Darien and Wilton though the Lady Wreckers will play Wilton a second time] out of our way and can show the potential that the team has."