NCHS Girls Lacrosse Team is the 2018 CIAC Class L State Lacrosse Champion!
The team earned that honor by defeating Ridgefield 19-7 in the title match at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on June 9, 2018.
“Class L is the largest class in girls lacrosse and is considered by everyone to be a true State Championship, because you have to beat the best teams in the state,” said Athletic Director Jay Egan. “This team, which was led by a fantastic group of seniors, won a battle of wills in the semi-final game against Darien and would not to be denied against Ridgefield in the finals.”
New Canaan Girls Lacrosse Coach Kristin Woods echoed those thoughts. “All 30 girls have worked so hard to get us to this point, I am so proud of them. Their confidence, determination and focus in the State Tournament run was extraordinary. We have always been a strong program, but the girls this year worked hard to bring us to the top,” she said.
"Going into the State Tournament, I knew it was going to be tough road, but this group of seniors - Cameron Blair, Karlie Bucci, Gianna Bruno, Leigh Charlton, Brooke Deane, Braeden Dial, and Julia Ozimek - led our team with composure and drive,” said Coach Woods.
The victorious Girls Team beat Glastonbury 17-5 in the 1st Round. They defeated Wilton 10-6 in the Quarterfinals, and upended archrival Darien 12-11 in the Semi Finals.
This year’s championship title is the sixth for New Canaan in the last eight years: state titles took have taken place in: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and now 2018.
New Canaan Girls Varsity Lacrosse is also being recognized nationally. They are ranked #13 in the country, which is the highest ranking ever for New Canaan Girls Lacrosse.
“All the girls know what it takes to succeed at the end of the season. Next year, we need to start the season with the same intensity,” said Coach Woods.
photos: Dave Stewart (NC Advertiser)