Girls lacrosse: Law defeats Lions

Olivia Keator has already accumulated over 160 points in her high school lacrosse career and is still only a sophomore at Jonathan Law High School. None, perhaps, were more impactful than the five goals and three assists that she picked up on Monday afternoon when the Eagles defeated cross-city rival Foran High, 16-5, at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.

It was the third consecutive varsity lacrosse win for Law over Foran dating back to last season.

“It’s a good feeling to beat them,” said Keator, who began playing lacrosse against boys when her brother, Christian, competed at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull. “What helped us today was good transition along with passing the ball well and moving it well. This is special. It really feels great.”

Keator had lots of help in the win, which was Law’s fourth in 11 games. The Eagles still need three more victories to qualify for postseason play.

Colleen Goodwin added four goals along with an assist.

Andria Torres had two goals and two assists.

Chloe McCullough had four assists and a goal.

In all, Law took 26 shots while Foran had 17.

“We played a complete game tonight, by far our best of the year,” said Law coach Jessica Shaw. “We set three goals before the game: we wanted to gain and hold possession which gave us a chance to score; we wanted our players to keep talking out there, both the attackers and the middies, and we wanted to win as many ground balls as we could.”

Foran opened the scoring on a goal by Julia Astram at the 2:16 mark of the first half, before goals from Goodwin and a pair by Keator made it a 3-1 game.

Astram got her second goal at 19:05, cutting Law’s margin to 3-1.

The teams then traded goals, with Goodwin scoring for Law and Taylor Wisniewski netting the first of her two scores for the Lions to make it a 4-3 game with 17:13 left in the half.

At that point, Foran’s offensive effort pretty much came to a halt and the Eagles got four straight scores to up their lead to 9-4 heading into halftime.

“We came out of the box and played well in the first three or four minutes of the game, then we stopped playing,” said Foran coach Jack Connors. “They (Law) absolutely outplayed us today. We had a very good game in a one-goal loss to Shelton (10-9). I know that you’re dealing with teenage kids here. This can happen. That’s about all I can say.”

Law continued to put the pressure on in the second half.

The Eagles put together a six-goal string and found themselves leading, 15-4, with 9:07 left.

Four of Law’s seven losses to date have been by a one-goal margin.

“We’re a fighting bunch,” Shaw said. “These kids are special. We’ll get down by a goal or two and we’ll come right back. We didn’t really have to do that today, but we battled for the entire game.”

Law goalie Stella Patrick has also made a difference. She became the regular goalie midway through the season. On Monday, she turned aside 11 Foran shots.

Shea Phelan made nine saves for Foran, whose record dipped under .500 at 5-6.