WESTPORT - Through the misty rainfall, the Staples field hockey team was able to weather the storm from both the sky and from Fairfield Ludlowe to win 4-1.

“We’ve got some really fast forwards,” Staples coach Ian Tapsall said. “The issue we have is we’ve got to get it to them.”

Staples was relentless on the attack with 12 shots on goal throughout to only two shots on goal from Ludlowe.

Gabriela Vega opened up the scoring for the Wreckers in the first half. After the first of Madelaine Ambrose’s two goals pushed the lead to 2-0, the Falcons came back to pull within one on the goal from Melissa Bucher.

But that would be all that Ludlowe could muster.

“This is a good learning curve,” Falcons coach Joe Skarupa said. “We were 3-0 coming in. We’re now 3-1. We have a couple of heavy games coming up in the next two weeks and we learned from this.”

The speed that Staples played the game was the biggest thing to take going forward, Skarupa said.

Senior co-captain Christine Taylor said after dropping their last game, it was good for the Wreckers to get back to the basics and pull out the win.

“I think this game was a perfect way to come back and really set the tone for the rest of the season,” she said. “It was definitely our way of playing field hockey.”


Staples was able to respond after dropping its first game of the season against Greenwich last weekend.


The Wreckers will look to continue their success against Stamford on Saturday at 10:30 am in Westport.


“After coming back from Greenwich, I think it was really important to forget that game and put it in the past and really prove that we play Staples field hockey.” Staples senior Christine Taylor.




Records: Staples 3-1, Ludlowe 3-1. Goals: S—Gabriela Vega, Madelaine Ambrose 2, Abby Najarian.; FL—Melissa Bucher. Goalies: —Bridget Mulloy (1 save); FL—Allison Wales (6 saves), Grace Ghee (2 saves). Shots: FL—2; S—12.

Record: Staples 3-1, Ludlowe 3-1


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