Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse Preview: Wilton Leads The Pack Looking To End Darien’s Run

Darien’s Christine Fiore is one of the state’s top returning scorers. (Photo: Mark Conrad)

The usual suspects will again be the major players this FCIAC girls lacrosse season. The Blue Wave are the team to beat until someone proves otherwise, and Wilton may be in the position to prove otherwise. New Canaan and Greenwich remain solid and hope to be the schools to end Darien’s recent dominance.

The Favorite

Darien. With streaks of six league and five state titles, it would be foolish to pick against the Blue Wave until someone knocks them off. They lost a lot of talent, have a strong nucleus back as well as some inexperienced players who have waited their turns to get increased roles. It is a continuing cycle. With Emma Jaques at midfield and Christine Fiore on the attack, coach Lisa Lindley again has two dominant forces. The offense will be potent, with Ashley Humphrey ready to break out, while Jacques is the anchor of a strong unit that includes Katie Ramsey and Nicole Humphrey. There are new faces on defense, but Darien is poised to keep its run going.

Wilton has an experienced goaltender in Paige Brown. (Photo: Gregory Vasil)

The Contenders 

Wilton. The Warriors have spent the offseason thinking about last year’s Class L final, when they rallied from a 10-4 halftime deficit against Darien to get within 12-10 late before suffering a 13-10 setback. That memory and the cast of returning players is the reason for Wilton’s hopeful optimism. Paisley Eagan has transferred back to take over at midfield, Eva Greco returns on attack and the Warriors have not one but two top caliber goalies in Paige Brown and Bridgette Wall. Midfielder Julia Bonnist scored three goals in the loss to Darien and there are no areas of weakness for this hungry team.

New Canaan. Last year ended a run of five straight Class M final appearances by the Rams, and many of their best players return to make the chase for a third title in four years. Gianana Bruno and Braeden Dial are strong scorers, while the midfield will be under the careful watch of Karlie Bucci and Julia Ozimek. If the defense can match up against the dominant attacks it will see, the Rams will assume their customary positions in the league and state hunts.

Greenwich. Kaitlin Gaghan takes over as coach of a loaded lineup built for instant success. She will boast one of the state’s best midfields, with Genevieve DeWinter, Maggie O’Gorman and Paige Finneran. Sloane Loveless continues a tradition of outstanding goalkeepers the Cardinals have produced. Greenwich was the last team before Darien to win the Class L title, and the personnel is capable of now trying to end that run.

Braeden Dial is a veteran scorer on New Canaan’s attack. (Photo: Gregory Vasil)

The Sleeper 

Ridgefield. The Tigers graduated four of their five players that earned first or second team All-FCIAC honors, but the one back is the most dangerous: Caroline Curnal on attack. The team has a number of top athletes, including sophomore Caitlin Slaminko, who was instrumental in the school’s girls soccer team winning its first state title. The defense should be a strength, with Lexi Held back in goal.

Lexi Held is back in goal for Ridgefield. (Photo: Gregory Vasil)

25 Players To Watch

Cara Bebey, Fairfield Warde
Paige Brown, Wilton
Gianna Bruno, New Canaan
Karlie Bucci, New Canaan
Olivia Caan, Greenwich
Caroline Curnal, Ridgefield
Olivia D’Eramo, Ludlowe
Genevieve DeWinter, Greenwich
Braeden Dial, New Canaan
Paisley Eagan, Wilton
Christine Fiore, Darien
Grace Flink, Fairfield Ludlowe
Eva Greco, Wilton
Ashley Humphrey, Darien
Nicole Humphrey, Darien
Emma Jaques, Darien
Meghan Johnson, Staples
Sloane Loveless, Greenwich
Libby McKenna, Fairfield Warde
Alexa Moro, Staples
Maggie O’Gorman, Greenwich
Julia Ozimek, New Canaan
Katie Ramsay, Darien
Olivia Seymour, Fairfield Warde
Caitlin Slaminko, Ridgefield

Maggie O’Gorman leads Greenwich’s strong midfield unit. (Photo: Matt Dewkett)

The Lineups

Danbury: Attack: Faith Watson, Jaymee Alfonso, Marissa Volpe; Midfield: Jolene Hefferon, Krissy Bogolawski, Katie Contreras; Defense: Camille DeBonis; Goalie: Madison Notaro.

Darien: Attack: Christine Fiore, Kendall Wisinski, Shea van den Broek, Charlotte Harmon, Ashley Humphrey; Midfield: Emma Jacques, Nicole Humphrey, Katie Ramsay, Maddie Joyce, Katie Elders, Charlotte Wittstock, Sarah Jaques, Lauren Sulger; Defense: Eva Finn, Lauren Jennings, Catie Duggan; Goalie: Maggie Brooks, Kennison Harmon.

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Fairfield Ludlowe: Goalie: Grace Flink; Defense: Amanda Shramm, Maddie Herron, Caroline Sullivan; Midfielder: Melissa Bucher, Olivia D’Eramo, Micaela Walsh, Ashley Moynahan; Attack: Bridget O’Brien, Paloma Meehan.

Fairfield Warde: Attack: Olivia Seymour, Caleigh Walklet, Cassie Llewellyn, Kate Risley; Midfield: Libby McKenna, Claire Cherniske, Grace Dougherty; Defense: Cara Bebey, Caroline Aufiero, Bella Giacomazza, Clare Kuczo; Goalie: Abby King, Caroline Pratt.

Greenwich: Attack: Grace Fahey, Leah Caputo, Jordan Stefanowitz; Midfield: Genevieve DeWinter, Maggie O’Gorman, Paige Finneran; Defense: Olivia Caan, Olivia Hoekman, Sailor Jiranek; Goalie: Sloane Loveless.

Brien McMahon: Attack: Grace LaneAnna Makover, Charlotte Hussey, Delaney Oak, Meghan Sisk, Sophia Tarasidis; Midfield: Tatiana Arias, Anna Bean, Caitlyn Hocker; Defense: Julia Ely, Maddy Gordon, Laura Gallagher, Cailey Martin, Mikaela Ortolano; Goalie: Nicole Ostaszewski.

New Canaan: Attack: Braeden Dial, Brooke Dean, Gianna Bruno; Midfield: Julia Ozimek, Karlie Bucci, Jane Charlton; Defense: Leigh Charlton, Caroline Schuh, Caroline O’dea.

Norwalk: Attack: Lily L’Archevesque; Midfield: Naeva Rene, Julia Vaccaro, Lia L’Archevesque, Ryan Camiglio; Defense: Lauren Deering.

Ridgefield: Attack: Caroline Curnal, Maeve Tobin, Katie Hoban, Abby Winkler; Midfield: Caitlin Slaminko, Mae Briody, Aly Gagnon; Defense: Erika Linke, Lexi Pass, Bella Carrozza, Karley Smith, Sammy Lehaney; Goalie: Lexi Held. 

St. Joseph: Goalie: Erin Owens; Defense: Christina Crocco, Samantha Dyson, Halle Grabowski, Sarah Johnson; Midfield: Jettke Gray, Lilia Ivanovich, Annie McNeil, Mackenzie Meaney; Attack: Kate Condron, Maddie Dunkel, Abbey Ivanovich.

Stamford: Goalie: Reaging Hyppolite; Defense: Carly Bennett, Dina Merone, Tamia James, Megan Landsiedel; Midfield: Liv La Bella, Kelly Jagodzinski, Sydney Leeds; Attack: Natalie Pesantez, Melanny Sanchez, Alexa Correro, Megan McQuillan.

Staples: Attack: Christine Taylor, Marisa Shorrock, Kyle Kirb, Jane Lukens; Midfield: Kathleen Cozzi, Elle Fair, Meghan Johnson, Abby Najarian; Defense: Nicole Dienst, Alexa Mysel, Sam Pacilio; Goalie: Alexa Moro.

Trumbull: Goalie: Mimi Marino; Defense: Meghan Ahearn, Caroline SanAngelo, Kristen Pagliaro, Shaye Manton; Midfield: Riley Chase, Courtney Lynch, Shannon Siebold; Attack: Emma Butler, Caroline Chase, Nicole Devito, Kiki Grant.

Westhill: Attack: Jackie Fahey, Margot Buckey, Michaela DePreta; Midfield: Grace Hansen, Lauren Klym, Emily Reid; Defense: Erica Shaulson, Lupe Tamayo, Alex Lazo.  

Wilton: Goalie: Paige Brown, Bridgette Wall; Defense: Emmy Goodwin, Zoe Lash, Carly Sullivan, Olivia Roman, Molly Ward; Midfield: Paisley Eagan, Julia Skillin, Meghan Lane, Julia Bonnist, Eva Greco; Attack: Sophie Sudano, Taylor LaMantia, Callie Drake, Olivia Gladstein.