Girls lacrosse: Shelton achieves best record

The Shelton girls lacrosse team finished up their most successful regular season in school history with a 16-10 win over Hamden Friday night as they celebrated senior night.

Hamden broke out on top with two quick goals before senior keeper Dakota McDonough battened down the hatches with 16 saves to lead Shelton to victory.
Juniors Nicole Roberts and Jill Ortoli led the offensive attack recording four goals each as the Gaelettes took an 8-4 advantage into the halftime break.

Senior captains  Julia Kopchik and Gina Orazetti scored two goals each along with senior Kayla Pjatak. Junior Maddie Zayas and sophomore Shelby Offord added goals to complete the offensive outburst.

Senior captain Julia Fitzpatrick led the defensive charge out in front of the net along with senior defenders Carly Shomsky, Angie Sanchez, Micheala Garcia and Caroline Cummings. In spite of the schools best ever 12-4 record Shelton will not participate in Tuesday’s SCC tournament even though they are tied for third with the leagues best record.

Daniel Hand earned the first seed with the best league record in the SCC and the leader in Tier I with a 12-1 league record and 6-0 in the Division. The second seed goes to Tier I second place team Guilford with a 10-3 record in the league and 7-1 in the Division.

Lauralton Hall the leader of Tier II with an 11-3 league record and 11-2 in the Division secured the number three seed. And the questionable fourth seed goes to Tier I third place Cheshire 6-1 in the Division and 9-5 in the league. Shelton is the odd team looking out, tied for the third best league record at 10-3 and the leader in Tier III at 7-1. So how this all shakes out might come down to the host team of the tournament Cheshire with two more league losses than Shelton.

When asked about the obvious discrepancy Shelton head coach Paul Leonard would only comment, “I was told it came down to a strength of schedule issue and it’s really out of our hands at this point,” said Leonard. “It’s just a shame that the girls won’t get the chance to play for a league title that they worked so hard for all season long. We will just have to make up for it with a solid run in the states and we are looking forward to compete for the first time without having to go through a play-in round.”