Ridgefield girls lax team beats John Jay

Early jostling for the lead transitioned into control for the Ridgefield High girls lacrosse team during Saturday's game against John Jay (Cross River, N.Y.) at Tiger Hollow.

With the score tied 3-3, Ridgefield scored seven of the next 10 goals to open a 10-6 halftime lead. The Tigers weren't threatened from there, finishing with a 17-12 victory.

“We finally connected as a team and saw both our offense and defense work together and combine our strengths to success,” said sophomore Caitlin Slaminko, who led Ridgefield with five goals and three assists. “We could tell we had gotten our chemistry back and we then continued to persevere and find a win.”

The Tigers evened their record at 3-3 with the victory and ended a two-game losing streak.

Two goals and an assist from Slaminko helped Ridgefield stay even early on with John Jay. Caroline Curnal then put the Tigers ahead when she scored on an assist from Slaminko, and Katie Hoban made it 5-3 by converting on a pass from Curnal.

Once ahead, Ridgefield continued to apply constant pressure, opening a seven-goal lead at one point in the second half. Maeve Tobin (five goals, one assist) and Mae Briody (three goals, two assists) provided offensive production, while Bella Carrozza and Erika Linke led the defense in front of goalie Lexi Held (seven saves).

John Jay closed within 16-12 late in the second half, but a nice save from Held was followed by Tobin's interception and game-ending goal.

“Today we showed to both ourselves and opponents what we’re capable of,” said Tobin. “We worked at the draw to relay the ball to our favor, and it was that connection between the defense and offense that was consistently working for us throughout the game.”

Notes: Curnal finished with a goal and three assists for the Tigers and also won five draws. Hoban added two goals and Abby Winkler had one to round out Ridgefield's scoring.

Cara O’Reilly led John Jay with four goals and an assist, while Charlotte Wilmoth and Jenna Giardina each contributed two goals.

Cameron Crawford, Lili Preis, Sydney Phillips, and Tyman Cronin had one goal apiece for John Jay.

After facing Darien, Greenwich Academy, and John Jay in the past five days, Ridgefield now meets two more quality teams, New Canaan and Staples, this week.