If the Staples girls lacrosse team wants to contend for the Class L title with Greenwich, it needs to play better than it did in its 15-12 home win over Trumbull Friday.
Although Staples (7-1) won, it had a breakdown, and saw its 11-5 lead cut down to one on two occasions. Trumbull lost 20-6 to Greenwich, which shows that the Wreckers need to pick up their game in order to have a chance to beat Greenwich.
Freshman Paige Murray had a breakout game for Staples with six goals and made it 14-12 to give the Class L title contenders breathing room.
Returning senior All-American Maeve Flaherty helped the Wreckers hold on winning draws and had three goals. Flaherty added an insurance goal with time running out.
Senior captains Ali Crofts and Kenzie Roof along with classmate Jessie Ambrose helped Staples as well. Crofts made a difference on both sides of the field, Roof was a defensive presence and Ambrose had three goals, two assists and three draw controls.
Make no mistake, Trumbull (5-3) is a vastly-improved team and will at least make the Class L playoffs. Junior goalie Ari Matz (12 saves) helped keep the Eagles in the game in robbing the Wrecker attackers.
Senior Lisa Pulie and junior Carly Goroff led Trumbull’s offense with five goals each.