Greenwich girls outlast Darien

Greenwich's Shannon Colligan

It was a tale of two halves in the showdown between two of the top teams in the state when Greenwich beat Darien 13-12.

* The Blue Wave led 9-5 at halftime before Greenwich came storming back, sparked by the hustle of Shannon Colligan in the middle of the field.
Colligan is one of my favorite athletes to watch at Greenwich, both on the lacrosse and soccer fields. She plays hard, sacrifices her body and seems like she wants to win more than anyone else on the field.

“We got sparkers all over,” Cardinals coach Caitlin Keane said after the game. “Shannon is a spark. When she gets fired up, I get fired up. When we get our goalie fired up that was key for us.”

Greenwich goalie Hannah Jeffrey was indeed fired up, stopping several tough shots in the second half as her team was fighting back.

* The Cardinals completely out worked Darien in the second half, winning loose balls, dominating draws and making big defensive plays.

* Defense gets over looked in most articles about a lacrosse game but the Greenwich defense deserves props for shutting out Ridgefieldin the second half Thursday and only allowing three goals to Darien in the final 25 minutes Saturday.

*Beautiful day at GHS and a pretty decent crowd for a girls lax game.

The Greenwich girls are a fun bunch to watch and look well on their way to making a run at their preseason goal of the FCIAC championship.

* A few Greenwich kids ran on the field after the game to celebrate, which is harmless, I guess, but not really necessary for a regular season game. Save that stuff for the FCIAC championship.

Keane quickly pulled her girls back to the bench, putting a kibosh on any unsportsmanlike implications that Darien could have inferred and used as motivation should these teams hook up in the FCIAC tournament.

* This begins a tough stretch for Greenwich, who play Mahopac, Staples, New Canaan, Wilton, Danbury and Convent of the Sacred Heart to close out the regular season.

* This is not the last we have heard from Darien, who has four losses, but has played a very tough out of conference schedule and will no doubt make some noise in the FCIAC and state playoffs.

The Cards are undefeated and may run the table but New Canaan, who is also unbeaten, should have something to say about that.

Scott Ericson