New Canaan tops Greenwich in battle of unbeatens

by Jesse Quinlan on
Tue, May 8, 2012 7:09 PM

Updated Wed, May 9, 2012 4:12 PM
New Canaan tops Greenwich in battle of unbeatens
Photo by David Hahn

The battle of unbeatens didn't disappoint.

In an FCIAC girls lacrosse showdown that produced nine ties and three lead changes, it was another outstanding performance from Boston College-bound star Sarah Mannelly that helped New Canaan continue its perfect season Tuesday.

Mannelly, the program's all-time leader in assists and forced turnovers, scored a game-high five goals -- including the final two of the evening as New Canaan outlasted Greenwich 12-10 at Dunning Field.

For the Rams (13-0), it is the seventh straight victory over the rival Cardinals (12-1), who led 6-5 at the intermission before rallying three times to even the game in the second half.

"It was a great win," said Mannelly, who scored New Canaan's first three goals. "We were expecting a great game, and it ended up being just that. There were a lot of transitions, but we were also able to slow it down, work the ball around, find the open cutter and take it to goal."

A trio of juniors also played big roles in the win as Olivia Hompe finished with four goals and assisted on another, classmate Lily Citrin scored twice and Stanford-bound goalie Liz O'Sullivan made seven saves.

Senior Claire Feeney had a first-half hat trick en route to a four-goal game for the Cardinals, while juniors Emily Johnson and Sophie Waine each scored twice.

Greenwich also got a strong showing from senior goalie Hannah Jeffrey, who turned away 11 shots.

Mannelly broke a 9-9 tie on a goal with 7:08 remaining before giving the Rams some much-needed insurance at the 4:48 mark. New Canaan would regain possession with over three minutes left, and then went to work on the clock -- chewing up all of it.


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