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Friday, May 26 High School Sports

Rams rip Wreckers

NEW CANAAN — The Staples girls’ lacrosse team went into its matchup against defending Class M state champion New Canaan looking to play spoilers — hoping to catch the Rams’ looking ahead to their showdown against archrival Darien on Saturday.

Things didn’t go quite as planned for the Wreckers.

A slow start proved to be too much for Staples, as it fell to New Canaan 16-8, on a wet and windy day at Dunning Stadium.

“I think we came out flat,” Staples co-coach Steph Calabrese said. “This tends to be a reoccurring theme for us, but what we do well is never give up and stay in it.”

New Canaan dominated the first half, opening the game with nine unanswered goals. Senior Campbell Armstrong (four goals) stepped up early with three quick goals in the game’s opening minutes and the rest of the Rams fell in line with 17 shots on goal in the contest.

Rams’ coach Kristin Woods said she chalked the hot start up to the confidence the team received from winning an out-of-state matchup over the weekend.

“Coming off the Northport (NY) win,” she said. “I think they were really focused and wanted to set a tone coming back to an FCIAC game.”

New Canaan extended its season-high win streak to five games with the victory, improving to 7-2 on the season.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Wreckers have hit a rough patch of late.

Staples has lost three straight — including two, one-goal losses to Conard and Fairfield Warde — dropping its record to 5-4.

Staples co-coach Nicole Gerosa said the team will have to be more consistent for all 50 minutes of a game to break out of this slide.

“We have to learn to put two halves together,” she said. “It’s all about effort and about remaining positive.”

At the half, Staples trailed by nine. But a revitalized Wreckers squad came out firing in the second half — cutting the lead to five — on goals from freshman Kyle Kirby, sophomore Ellie Fair, and junior Christine Taylor.

But Staples wouldn’t get any closer.

Junior Karlie Bucci paced New Canaan’s attack, finishing with three goals and five assists. Braeden Dial scored five goals for the Rams.

The Wreckers were able to mount a comeback in part to strong goaltending from junior Alexa Moro, whose seven saves kept Staples competitive throughout.

“We treat each minute as the next one,” Moro said. “We shouldn’t dwell in the past and we don’t, I think that’s what keeps our team in it.”

ajohnson@hearstmediact.com; @aronjohnson_

NEW CANAAN 16, STAPLES 8

STAPLES 1 7—8

NEW CANAAN 10 6—16

Records: Staples 5-4; New Canaan 7-2.

Scoring: NC—Campbell Armstrong (4g); Karlie Bucci (3g, 5a); Braeden Dial (5g); Lauren Bisceglia (2g); Julia Ozimek (2g). S—Colleen Bannon (2g); Kyle Kirby (2g); Olivia Troy (2g); Ellie Fair (1g); Christine Taylor (1g). Goalies: S—Alexa Moro (7 saves); NC—Caroline O’Dea (10 saves).

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