Sefransky paces Fitch to girls' lacrosse win over Stonington
Stonington — Rita Sefransky won the last draw in the closing seconds of Tuesday night's Fitch girls’ lacrosse game.
It was a fitting end as the junior spent the majority of the draws playing keep away from Stonington.
Sefransky’s dominance in the circle allowed the Falcons to spend the majority of the game hanging out around the Bears' goal. Fitch scored eight straight in the first half for a commanding 18-7 win in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I game.
“I just have to read where people are in the circle and try to work it from there,” Sefransky said. “I feel like once I get started, I get in a rhythm, I get the motion down, and I just keep going. I want to win.
“I was really motivated today. I know (my teammates) on the circle, Bridget (O’Leary) and Nora (Casey) and Stella (Estelle Connell). ... they knew the ball was coming to them and they were ready for it.”
Sefransky had 19 draw controls on 25 attempts and added five goals and five assists for the Falcons (2-1, 2-1). Casey, another junior, had six goals and two assists, classmate O’Leary added two goals and three assists and Connell, a freshman, scored twice.
“It was tough when you’re losing every draw,” Stonington head coach Jeff Medeiros said. “That was a struggle. ... (Sefransky) was phenomenal. She’s very good at the draw. She could place it where she wanted to, she was catching it, and she can get it at the highest point.”
Senior Rachel Sabbadini had two goals and two assists for the Bears (2-1, 2-1) and juniors Lauren Goebel and Ivy Goodman scored twice.
Sefransky scored the first two goals of the Falcons’ 8-0 run and Casey added two as well. Freshman Brooke Bergendahl ended the run to push Fitch ahead, 10-1, with over seven minutes left in the half.
“We were just excited,” Casey said. “We came off a not-too-good game against East Lyme (an 18-3 loss on April 15), so we had a lot of energy and we were looking to bounce back.
“There was a lot of good energy. (Monday’s) practice was good. We just went out there and put together a complete game.”
Stonington spent the rest of the game trailing by seven-or-more goals. Medeiros noted he had little back from 2019 (last year's spring sports season was canceled due to the pandemic).
“We’re kind of starting from scratch,” Medeiros said. “Fitch is looking good this year. This is one of their better teams, I think. We’re kind of rebuilding. It’s going to take some time to get it fixed. Hopefully the next time we play Fitch (May 18) it’ll be a little better.”
What was impressive about the Falcons’ performance was that it has an entirely new offense.
“The girls’ really wanted to get on the field (this year),” Fitch head coach Michael Luethy said. “(They were) disappointed to not have a season last year. What we worked on leading up to our first game was to make sure we had a good offensive mindset and that we were ready to hit the ground running.
“It’s good. They played well tonight, that’s for sure.”
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