Ridgefield crushes Cheshire in girls lax state quarterfinals

A year ago, the Ridgefield High girls lacrosse team needed overtime to edge Cheshire, 14-13, in the state tournament semifinals.

Thursday's rematch was far less dramatic.

Ninth-seed Ridgefield opened an eight-goal halftime lead and went on to beat top-seed Cheshire, 13-4, in the Class L quarterfinals at Cheshire High School.

The Tigers will now play fourth-seed New Canaan in the second game of a semifinal doubleheader on Monday (June 3) at 7 p.m. at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

Ridgefield (12-6) took control early in Thursday's quarterfinal: Caitlin Slaminko's goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead 32 seconds after the opening draw. Slaminko added three more goals and Aly Gagnon contributed two as Ridgefield ended the first half ahead 10-2.

The Tigers then maintained their big lead during a low-scoring second half.

Slaminko's four goals (all in the first half) led Ridgefield's scoring. Gagnon added three goals and Riley Peters had two goals. Hannah Boylan, Maeve Tobin, Bella Carrozza, and Mary Hage scored one goal apiece.

Tobin and Boylan each contributed two assists, and Abby Winkler and Faith Arnold each had one assist.

Ridgefield also got a great performance from goalie Lexi Held, who made 12 saves. Nine of those stops came during the second half and prevented Cheshire from mounting a comeback.

Boylan and Slaminko each had five draw controls, teaming with Peters to help Ridgefield keep possession.

Sammy Lehaney, Arnold, Slaminko, and Boylan were standouts on defense, with Boylan scooping up a team-best seven groundballs.

Notes: Second-seed Darien will play the winner of today's quarterfinal between third-seed Staples and 11th-seed Staples in the first semifinal game on Monday at 5 p.m. at Brien McMahon.