Shelton High’s girls lacrosse team broke an early first-half 1-1 tie with four goals in a span of just 2:23 against West Haven on Monday night. That sparked a 9-0 run en route to a 12-6 triumph over the Blue Devils at Finn Stadium.
The Gaelettes, on their Senior Night, won their third straight game to get to the .500 mark at 6-6 overall. West Haven fell to 6-8.
Nicole Roberts led Shelton’s offense with four goals, Danielle Kreitler scored three, Shelby Offord and Rachel Drost both had two, and Jillian Ortoli also hit the back of the net.
Shelton goaltender Amanda Bolduc made 13 saves, most of which came in the first half and early stages of the second half as she helped stymie the Westies after an early goal, holding them scoreless for more than 35 minutes as the Gaelettes built a 10-1 cushion.
“It could have gone either way. We went out here and we cared about the game and it showed on the field,” said Ortoli, a captain, adding that the Gaelettes have been working extra hard in practice as the season winds down.
Given the similar records of these teams coming into the contest, it may have been a bit surprising that the Gaelettes pulled away so quickly, but Shelton coach Kat Dennington said her team has been coming on strongly late in the campaign.
“We’ve really been gaining momentum and practices have been so much better,” the coach said.
Dennington her team had strong placement – both in terms of player position on the field and in shots on goal – and that the Gaelettes executed their designed plays on offense. Throughout the game, Roberts, a captain, received passes behind the goal area, circled toward the front of the cage, and either unleashed shots from in close or, if guarded closely, passed to cutting teammates for scoring chances.
Strong defensive efforts were put forth by many of the Shelton players, led by Megan Kreitler, along with Makayla Kraynak, Madison Zayas, Jessica Perley and Catherine Lindberg.
Danielle Kreitler was successful on the draw more times than not, helping the Gaelettes seize the momentum and build a commanding 8-1 halftime lead. West Haven scored four straight goals late in regulation to make it a 10-5 game, but got no closer as the teams traded goals in the final minutes.
Shelton, beginning with a 4 p.m. visit to West Haven on Wednesday, concludes the regular campaign with four consecutive road tilts.