Thoughts on Greenwich field hockey team’s win vs. Pomperaug

The Greenwich High School field hockey team is heading into Wednesday’s showdown against rival Wilton with a lot of momentum. The Cardinals followed a 2-0 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday with a convincing 5-1 win against visiting Pomperaug Monday.

The victory raised Greenwich’s record to 7-3, good for first place in the West Division of the FCIAC. Wilton is in first place in the league’s East Division, boasting an 8-0 mark. The Cardinals’ received plenty of leadership from their captains Monday, as senior forward Liz Stillman recorded a hat trick and senior midfielder Emily Brash registered one goal and one assist.

The Cardinals controlled the action from the start, using good combinations to move the ball up the field quickly. Coach Ally Orrico’s team spent a lot of time in Pomperaug’s circle, forcing six penalty corners in the first half and nine for the game. Defensively, the Cardinals were rock solid. When Pomperaug did threaten offensively, a pair of GHS defenders were there to clear the ball. Junior Freddie Bancroft was solid as usual, making five saves.

“Freddie did another outstanding job,” Orrico said. “A lot of our defense is young, so they are still learning what their responsibilities are. They are improving each game.”

Greenwich showcased its depth Monday, as it seemed like almost everyone on the squad saw some action.

“We have a lot of depth,” Stillman said. “To allow just one goal against a team like Pomperaug while using so many players, so how much talent and depth we have.”

Greenwich now turns its focus to Wilton, which they will visit Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“Wilton Wednesday is a huge test for us,” Orrico said. “If we put it together and continue following our team concept we will be a tough opponent for them. We have to execute. We have the skills to deal with them, but we have to execute to be successful.”

Said Stillman: “Definitely we need to communicate, be alert and keep our heads up. We are not nervous about playing them because we know we’re a good, talented team as well.”

Dave Fierro