Girls lacrosse: Defense sparks transition game

Shelton High’s girls lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season with a 15-3 triumph over visiting Wolcott on Friday night. Coach Kat Dennington’s Gaelettes got seven goals and three assists off the stick of Megan Kreitler, and four goals and an assist from Danielle Kreitler.

Mia Camerino scored twice, and Jess Perley and Gigi Gamboian also scored for Shelton, which jumped out to an 8-1 lead at halftime.

Perley, Gamboian and Maeve Marks all had assists.

Shelton dominated the possession game, beginning with strong play off the draws.

Camerino had nine draw controls and five ground ball scoops.

Danielle Kreitler had a trio of draw controls to go along with seven ground balls.

Marks had four grounders.

Zoe Hunt and Megan Kreitler each had three ground balls.

Dennington was particularly pleased with the defensive work of Hunt and the midfield/ defensive play of Danielle Kreitler, who forced turnovers and helped the transition game.

Gamboian and Alley Russell both forced two turnovers, and Perley was responsible for another, as the Gaellettes limited Wolcott to one goal until the final minutes of the game.

“Loose balls controlled were huge for us and, of course, draw control,” Dennington said. “That’s what we’ve really been working on: draws and placement shots.”

The attack players placed their shots into the net early and often in this contest, as the locals put a season-opening 16-5 defeat to Cheshire and a 19-7 loss to Trumbull in the rearview mirror.

Despite the win, Dennington is looking for more from her team. During the game, she called for better spacing and to not rush passes on offense.

“We have to value possession,” Dennington said. It’s great to have fun and everything but coming out with the win is better.”