FIELD HOCKEY Early offense for Cards
The goals came early and often for the Greenwich High School field hockey team in its game against Fairfield Ludlowe on Thursday.
And Paige Finneran and Demi Janis made sure the Cardinals lit the scoreboard frequently in the first half.
The senior duo tallied two goals apiece in the opening half for Greenwich, which seized a commanding seven-goal lead on its way to posting a decisive 7-1 win over Ludlowe in an FCIAC game at Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals, who upped their record to 5-3 with their second straight win, went into halftime with a 7-0 advantage.
“In practice yesterday (Wednesday) the big thing was finishing, because that’s been something we haven’t gotten down the beginning of the season, but everyone executed so well today,” said Finneran, one of the Cards’ captains. “Everyone really focused on their positioning and that’s how we rallied and scored so many first-half goals.”
Janis began the scoring, driving a shot into the cage from the left side, giving GHS a 1-0 lead with 26:29 remaining in the first half. Finneran gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, knocking in a rebound off a shot from senior Zoe Metalios at the 18:44 mark.
Set up nicely by Ashley Zolin, Janis tallied in transition, making it 3-0 midway through the first half.
“Our team did a good job of communicating and we were really jelling out there,” Janis said. “We are getting a lot more confident and we have been excelling at positioning.”
Finneran, Augustina Ferrario, Sam Chabot and Eva Serra added first-half goals for the victors. Ludlowe (3-3-1) received a goal from Evelyn Hogarth, who was assisted by Michelle Noeldechen with 10:49 left in the second half.
Greenwich generated numerous penalty corners throughout the game, while Ludlowe got some pressure going in the second half.
“Everyone on our team is competing at a high level,” Finneran said. “Everyone is confident on each line.”