Staples girls lacrosse falls to Glastonbury in Class L
Updated 11:57 am, Wednesday, June 1, 2016
GLASTONBURY — Behind a strong finish to the regular season and plenty of prep time for the first round of the state tournament, the Staples girls lacrosse team had every reason to believe they could win at least one game and end the season on a positive note.
No. 8 Glastonbury put an end to that in quick fashion, blitzing out to a six-goal first half lead before prevailing 18-11 in a matchup upstate on Tuesday. The loss ended the No. 9 Wreckers’ season at 9-7.
A two-hour bus ride and arriving to the Tomahawks’ field late stunted rhythm from the onset, and it only got worse on the field.
“Glastonbury had four or five attackers who were just hitting shots, their accuracy was great,” Staples coach Steph Calabrese said. “(Goalie) Alexa Moro still had seven or eight saves; their shots were still good.”
A large disparity in the faceoff department resulted in plenty of possession for Glastonbury, which cashed in repeatedly. The Tomahawks scored 11 times in the first half to lead 11-6 and won enough draws in the second to prevent a Wreckers fightback.
Struggling on loose balls off draws have been an issue for the Wreckers all season and reared its head again Tuesday.
“The frustrating thing for us as a team; the past five days we prepped on grass and did very ground ball drill,” Calabrese said. “We’ve struggled with this all year, the other side of it is the little things; running through the ball and hustling.”
Staples graduates just three seniors, setting the stage for big things to come.
“There were some positives and we have a lot of to-do’s for next year,” Calabrese said.