The Convent of the Sacred Heart field hockey team has developed a flair for the dramatic recently, including a 1-0 overtime victory this past Saturday.
That trend continued Wednesday when senior co-captain Dee Miller scored the game-winning goal with just over 12 seconds remaining in regulation as the Tigers upended Choate Rosemary Hall 2-1.
"We were going into the game knowing Choate was a strong opponent after having a close match with them last year," co-coach Sarah Hill said. "We were prepared for a good solid game and it came through that way.
Senior Taylor Sirabella got the scoring started for Sacred Heart (3-1) in the 21st minute of the first half after taking a feed from junior Megan Cincotta. Choate's Samantha Zeis responded to tie the score up at 1-1 before Miller's heroics.
Defensively the Tigers held firm despite facing 12 shots and intense pressure from Choate.
"I can cite Dee Miller, Tory Bensen and Anne Verrochi as playing really great defense," Hill said. "They distributed the ball well to support the forward line and then on defense. And then Heather Grehan made key saves throughout the game. Her communication and commands to the defense were great and all her clears were very well placed."
Grehan made nine saves in the contest.
The Tigers will next play Monday at 4:15 when they host Masters.
Greenwich Academy 6, Hopkins 0: After watching so many chances slip through its finger tips last Saturday in a 0-0 tie at the Berkshire School, the Greenwich Academy field hockey team found its way back into the opposing net and back into the win column Wednesday with a 6-0 victory over Hopkins.
"We had 19 shots Saturday and no goals," Gators coach Angela Tammaro said. "We worked hard over the past few days on shooting and it paid off today."
Tammaro felt her squads biggest issue coming into Wednesday's game was their desire to make the shots "perfect," and spending too much time trying to set up a shot.
"They did a little better today but we still want to work more on it," said Tammaro who's Gators registered 25 shots on the day.
Defensively, the Gators continued their strong play with senior Hannah Bacon anchoring the defense at right half-back. Despite pressure by Hopkins, GA only allowed one penalty corner and a pair of shots which were easily turned aside by junior goalie Gracia Vargas.
"Overall it was nice to see goals after struggling to find the back of the net Saturday," Tammaro said. "And our defense played well making some big plays and giving the team a lift."
GA returns to the field Saturday when the Gators travel to Hotchkiss for a 1 p.m. game.
Wednesday was a struggle for Convent of the Sacred Heart as it dropped a 3-0 match to Hotchkiss losing by scores of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-9.
Senior Megan Jarchow was one of the lone bright spots for the Tigers as was junior Kathleen Spillane. Jarchow recorded 11 kills along with six digs and two aces while Spillane notched nine points, two aces and four kills.
"We spent a long time talking after the game," head coach Kim Lippmann said. "And they told me they were a little scared. Hotchkiss beat us pretty bad last year and the girls unfortunately took that with them."
Going ahead Lippmann said she would stress mental toughness in preparation for Monday's 4:15 p.m. matchup with Holy Child.
"The mental toughness is where we need to be and that is what I want the girls to work on," Lippmann said. "When your body is telling you that can't do it I'm going to make you do five more."
Greenwich 3, Trumbull 1: The host Cardinals ran their record to 5-1 with the 25-18, 25-17, 25-11 FCIAC victory. Kate Centofanti recorded 13 kills, 12 service points and four aces to lead GHS. Kristina Pflug added seven kills and four blocks, Michelle Vogt added five kills and Christine Lo had 19 kills and 10 service points in the winning effort.
"We are getting better each time out," GHS coach Steve Lapham said. "The offense is coming around and is really strarting to click better."
Tori Westmore had 16 assists, Marena Cruz posted seven digs and Brittany Flack added six digs for Trumbull.
Boys cross country
Brunswick got a taste of its potential Wednesday during its sweep of Hopkins, 24-33, and St. Luke's 15-50.
"Our top guys ran really well which was expected," Bruins coach Steve Polikoff said. "But we had a bunch of guys packed together for that No. 6 and No. 7 slot which is what really needs to happen."
Junior Ryan Haggerbrant blew away the field with a first-place finish in 17:09. Hopkins' Matt Klein took second 42 seconds behind Haggerbrant at 17:51.
"He's hitting his stride now," Polikoff said of Haggerbrant. "Hopefully he can get down into the 16's and we'll see what happens when someone gives him a fight but he's our guy."
"That kind of pack is what we need to have develop and start to move into the top packs," Polikoff said. "I'm really happy with how we ran, any day we can beat a team like Hopkins is a good day."
Girls Cross Country
Greenwich Academy climbed to 7-1 on the year after it went three for four Wednesday defeating Holy Child 26-33, Convent of the Sacred Heart 20-43 and St. Luke's 15-50. The lone loss came to host Hopkins 21-34.
"It was a good day for us," Gators coach Jane Finch said. "This was our second time against Holy Child but first against the rest of the teams and all of our girls, especially those who are new to the sport ran well."
The Gators middle-pack also had a strong effort finishing in 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th place. Katie Galbraith (24:09), Molly O'Neill (24:12), Rachel Manaster (24:24) and Brooke Ruffa (24:26) took those spots respectively.
"We had nine girls run personal bests which was great," Finch said. "We're an inexperienced team but as we are deep and that will be a big factor for us down the road."
The Gators won't run again until Wednesday, October 7 when they travel to Rye Country Day School to take on RCDS, Sacred Heart and Greens Farms Academy.