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Girls’ Lacrosse Team Topples Lancers, Edged By Rebels In Thriller

Published: May 3, 2016

Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team scored a 16-2 win at Notre Dame-Fairfield on April 28, then lost a 16-15 battle at New Fairfield on May 2, carrying an overall record of 4-6 into a Wednesday, May 4 scheduled clash with New Milford at Blue & Gold Stadium, starting at 7 pm.

Coach Amanda Mastera noted that the Newtown midfield moved the ball quickly and the defense was able to shut down fast breaks in the win over the Lancers.

Charli Condon netted four goals and added an assist; Keeley Kortze scored three times; Brianna Sclafani and Olivia Hage both scored twice; and Alex Futterman, Julia Wiberg, Nevan Gattey, and Danielle Samson all added tallies. Goaltender Lexi Leidlein made two saves.

The Nighthawks nearly overcame a late five-goal deficit, scoring four times in the final 2:20 of regulation before coming up a goal short against the Rebels.

Condon scored five times, Julia Sughrue and Sclafani each netted four, and Futterman had two goals, along with four draw controls.

Mastera said the defense was led by Cassidy Kortze and Futterman led way in the circle, helping the Hawks control the ball off 21 draws. Tess Davenport made eight saves and Caroline Caporale stopped two shots.

Newtown’s coach would like to see her team stay smart in pressure situations such as those provided by this game.

“I’m excited about how we are able to fight back. We are looking to focus on being in the lead moving forward, so we don’t have to,” Mastera added.

It’s been a high-scoring campaign. Interestingly, in eight straight contests either Newtown or its opposition has netted 15 or 16 goals, and this was Newtown’s second 16-15 setback of the spring. The Nighthawks have scored in double digits six times thus far.

The Nighthawks, after visiting Ridgefield on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 5 pm, go to Newington on Monday, May 9, for a 3:45 pm contest. They’ll return home Tuesday, May 10, when Masuk of Monroe visits Blue & Gold Stadium for a 7 pm clash.

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