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Girls’ Lacrosse Team Wins Eighth SWC Game

Published: May 9, 2018

Andy Hutchison

Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team followed up a 12-5 win over visiting Weston on May 1 with a 13-4 victory over visiting Masuk of Monroe on May 3. The Nighthawks improved to 8-5 overall and 8-1 in South-West Conference play.

In the win over Masuk, Dylan Zahansky and Olivia Hage both had three goals and an assist, Ali Kelleher scored twice and added a trio of helpers, and Rylee Harrell scored twice to lead the offense. Alex Futterman scored and registered two assists, Hana Rosenthal and Dylan Marano both had goals, Keeley Kortze tallied two assists, and Erin Neff added an assist. Goaltender Katie Gregory stopped seven of 11 shots. Allie Paynter had two interceptions and two ground ball scoops, and Cassidy Kortze had two ground balls.

The victory over Weston came on Senior Night.

“Transition game continued to improve and a high pressure defense held Weston to four goals,” said Newtown Coach Maura Fletcher, adding that her defense held Weston scoreless in the first half, and the Nighthawks received notable play in the back from Rylee Harrell and solid ground ball control by the defensive unit.

Futterman scored four times, Kortze had two goals, Harrell notched a goal and three assists, and Zahansky scored and added two helpers. Charli Condon and Rosenthal both had a goal and an assist, and Kelleher and Lauren Carrino both had goals. Tess Davenport made four saves. “Great day in the goal with great clearing capabilities pushing fast break offense,” Fletcher said of Davenport’s performance.

Newtown fell 10-6 to Southern Connecticut Conference team, Cheshire, which was ranked sixth in the state, at home on April 30. Fletcher said her team moved the ball well in transition and kept the game close against a formidable foe. Six players scored for the Hawks who shared the ball well in this setback.

Futterman had a goal and an assist, and Kortze, Zahansky, Condon, Harrell, and Hage also scored. Shea Murphy added an assist. Gregory denied eight of 18 shots on goal.

The Hawks are slated to have one of their toughest SWC tests of the campaign visit to Joel Barlow of Redding (unbeaten in the conference and 10-3 overall) on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 pm. NHS, after hosting Stratford (7-6, 5-5 in SWC) on Thursday, May 10 at 4 pm, will close out the regular slate with a home game against New Fairfield (11-2 overall, 8-2 in SWC) on Monday, May 14, starting at 7 pm.

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