Ridgefield displays balance in rout of Trumbull

Maddie McGrath draws a crowd of Trumbull players during Thursday's girls lacrosse game. — Andy Hutchison photo
Maddie McGrath draws a crowd of Trumbull players during Thursday's girls lacrosse game. — Andy Hutchison photo

The Ridgefield High girls lacrosse team extended its winning streak to five games and matched its season-high goal total in an 18-3 road triumph over Trumbull on Thursday.
The Tigers got six goals from Caitlin Slaminko, all in the first half, and four off the stick of draw specialist Hannah Boylan to lead the way in a lopsided victory that allowed substitutes to get substantial playing time.
“We got everybody in today. We rested some starters ... gave starters some much-needed rest late in the season,” said Ridgefield coach Cece Berger, whose team has just two regular-season games left before the start of the FCIAC tournament on Friday. “It was a whole team win for us,” Berger said.
Not just in that contributions came from up and down the lineup, but in how the Tigers played the game.
“We were unselfish with our passing today, moving the ball down field, trying to pass fast and let the ball do the work for us,” Berger said.
An example came when Slaminko passed to Maddie McGrath, who got the ball to Mary Hage for a goal in transition late in the opening half.
Ridgefield built a commanding 13-3 halftime lead and eased up in the final 25 minutes with the outcome already decided.
Ridgefield improved to 8-5 overall and 6-3 in the FCIAC, while Trumbull fell to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the FCIAC.
“They were relentless in their pressure,” Berger said about Trumbull. “They never gave up. We rose above by staying in control.”
Control of the ball left the Tigers in control of the game.
Riley Peters had nine of Ridgefield’s 16 draw controls. Peters took many of the draws late in the game, after Boylan did the draw work early.
Abby Winkler had four ground ball scoops, and Boylan, Gretchen Healy, and Sophia Carnicelli all added three.
Slaminko, Winkler, and Faith Arnold each forced two turnovers, and Aubrey White drew a charge
Senior Isabel Papa got some extra cheers from the Ridgefield sideline when she broke up a Trumbull pass. Papa was playing just her second game after recovering from an injury.
Peters contributed two goals and an assist, and Bella Carrozza netted a goal and had an assist. Winkler, Aly Gagnon, Arnold, Hage, and Aerin Krys scored one goal apiece, and Boylan and McGrath each added an assist.
The Tigers will look to carry their momentum into the final regular-season games and the FCIAC and state tournaments.
“We want to go into the postseason strong,” said Berger, whose team began the season 3-5 before getting into a groove. “We had a lot of tough games early in the season and a lot of untimely injuries.”