Barlow girls lacrosse team holds off Staples
REDDING — Late in its game against Staples, the Barlow girls lacrosse team had to figure out a way to slow down the Wreckers’ attack, which was suddenly on fire after producing five unanswered goals and trimming the Falcons’ lead to two.
Barlow’s response? A good old-fashioned game of keep away.
After winning a faceoff with 7:21 to play, Barlow got deep into Staples territory and expertly moved the ball around the field.
Crisp, smart passing allowed the Falcons to run the clock down to less than two minutes, and Shayne Rivard scored with 1:56 remaining to restore the lead to three.
“We had a scrimmage against Ridgefield and actually purposely worked on (stalling) at the end and we were awful,” Barlow’s Sierra Fey said with a laugh after her team’s 12-8 victory over Staples. “So today was actually phenomenal. We’ve never run a stall that amazing for that long. I’m really proud of my team for that.”
Now up 11-8, Barlow won the next faceoff and again maintained possession on Staples’ side of the field until Fey scored the game’s final goal with 22 seconds on the clock.
“That was the best we’ve ever run that,” Barlow’s Lindsey Ryan-Jones said. “And it was good because we were all working together and noticing the open person. It was really awesome.”
Barlow, the defending SWC Champions, have now won seven in a row and Tuesday’s win avenged a 13-10 loss against Staples the year prior.
“We played them hard last year,” Barlow coach Steve Coppock said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top. They’re obviously a very skilled team. They play in the FCIAC and they’re a very strong team.”
Barlow built up a sizeable first-half lead by sharing the wealth, as five Falcons (Ryan-Jones, Fey, Cat Goncalves, Emma Coppock and Rivard) turned in multi-point performances.
“That was the hardest work we’ve ever put in,” Fey said. “We lost to them last year and it hurt. We know they’re a good team, so we knew we had to come out with everything we had today.”
“I think the grass threw us for a loop, but at the end of the day, there’s no excuse,” Staples coach Stephanie Calabrese said. “We came out flat and we had an awful first half. I really think we played our game of lacrosse for about 10 minutes today.”
Alexa Moro made 10 saves between the pipes for the Wreckers, five of which came on free releases. Barlow netminder Erin Holder came up with five stops.
“When she made saves, they were excellent,” Calabrese said of her goalie. “They showed a lot of heart and you can’t coach that. That’s something they have within them.”
The Falcons (8-1) go for eight in a row at home against Bunnell on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“Different games, different people rise to the occasion for sure,” Steve Coppock said. “It’s always somebody different every game. We’ve got 12 people we can put out on the field that look great.”
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BARLOW 12, STAPLES 8
STAPLES 2 6 — 8
BARLOW 7 5 — 12
Records: Staples 4-4; Barlow 8-1.
Scoring: S—Christine Taylor 3g, 4a; Colleen Bannon 5g; B—Lindsey Ryan-Jones 2g, 1a; Cat Goncavles 2g; Emma Coppock 2g; Sierra Fey 4g, 1a; Shayne Rivard 2g, 1a. Goalies: S—Alexa Moro (10 saves); B—Erin Holder (5 saves). Shots: S—13; B—23.