Defense shines in Ridgefield's state win over Glastonbury

The Ridgefield High girls lacrosse team used a dominating defensive effort to open the Class L state tournament with a 13-5 road win over Glastonbury on Tuesday afternoon.

Ridgefield, the ninth seed, now faces top-seed Cheshire in a quarterfinal game Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Cheshire High School. The winner moves on to play either fourth-seed New Canaan or 12th-seed Hall in the semifinals next Monday (June 3) at a site and time to be determined.

In Tuesday's first-round game, Ridgefield held eighth-seed Glastonbury scoreless for the first 16 minutes and 15 seconds. Faith Arnold's goal put the Tigers ahead with 18:45 left in the opening half, and Ridgefield extended its lead to 5-0 before Glastonbury got its first goal.

The Tigers responded with three unanswered goals to take an 8-1 lead into the break.

Maeve Tobin and Caitlin Slaminko each finished with three goals and an assist for Ridgefield, which improved its record to 11-6. Riley Peters added two goals, and Hannah Boylan, Aly Gagnon, Bella Carrozza, Mary Hage, and Arnold contributed one goal apiece.

Karley Smith, Maddie Peters, and Gagnon had one assist apiece.

Senior co-captain Sammy Lehaney led Ridgefield's defense and scooped up a team-best five groundballs.

The Tigers also benefitted from the play of junior goalie Lexi Held, who made 12 saves (five in the first half, seven in the second).

Notes: Ridgefield was playing for the first time since losing to Wilton in the FCIAC quarterfinals on May 17.

The Tigers also defeated Glastonbury, 16-6, in a regular-season meeting April 18.

Wednesday's game against Cheshire will be a rematch of last year's Class L semifinal, which Ridgefield won 14-13 in overtime. Cheshire edged 17th-seed Greenwich, 9-7, in another first-round contest Tuesday.