STONINGTON — Once the Stonington High girls lacrosse team got on track, it peaked at the perfect time.
The Bears, who overcame internal conflicts that led to a three-game losing streak early in the season, would go on to win their first ECC tournament title with a 12-10 upset of East Lyme on May 24. They followed by winning a state tournament game before their season came to an end in the Class S quarterfinals.
“We had a very good season,” said Jeff Medeiros, who’s coached the Bears for 18 years. “The key was we really jelled at the right time and played our best game of the year against East Lyme in the ECC championship game. It’s one of the top three high school lacrosse games I’ve been a part of.”
Hannah Lamb, Lexi Woviotis and Kate Johnson were a big part of that victory, and big reasons for Stonington’s success.
And coaches took notice. Lamb, a junior attack, and Woviotis, a senior defender, were both first-team All-State selections in Class S; Johnson was a second-team pick. All three were named first-team ECC Division II All-Stars.
Lamb led the 15-5 Bears with 69 goals — the third-best single-season total in program history — and had 10 assists. She scored twice in the win over East Lyme.
“She’s bred to put it in the back of the net,” Medeiros said. “She’s got a rocket shot and can shoot it at a lot of different planes, high and low. … She’s a catch-and-shoot wiz. I’ve never seen anybody as good as her that I’ve coached to catch it and shoot it so quickly and so accurately.”
Lamb stands sixth on the program’s career goals list with 137, one behind Claire Chambers (Class of 2011).
Woviotis played perhaps her best game against East Lyme, Medeiros said. “She was all over the field.”
Woviotis had a goal and an assist against the Vikings, and finished the season with five goals and five assists. But it was her leadership and hard-nosed defense that made her stand out.
“She’s such a dominant defender,” said Medeiros, noting that he built his defense around the formidable Woviotis. “She can pass, she can score, she has the ability to take it to the net. But as a defender, she’s there to make sure you don’t get to my goal.
“She’s directing people — she’s a very vocal leader. She does so much out there that goes unnoticed, but she’s truly one of the best defenders I’ve had in my 18 years. … She’s a presence. She’s intimidating to attackers. They don’t go through her, I can tell you that. They try to go around her.”
Woviotis will play at Florida Tech next season.
Johnson often controlled the Bears’ offense much like the point guard she is during basketball season.
She led the team in winning draws, was second in assists with 21 and third with 41 goals. She had two goals and an assist in the ECC finals.
“She’s all around my strongest player,” Medeiros said. “She does a little bit of everything. She’s in the top three in every [statistical] category. She runs the middle of the field, runs transitions, is an excellent defender. You can be confident when she has the ball because she’s so smart with it.”
Senior midfielder Cat Cassata (32 goals, 11 assists, MVP of ECC title game) and junior attack Emma Sabbadini (43 goals, 30 assists) were both ECC Division II honorable-mention selections.
Senior goalie Alexis Scott was the team’s scholar-athlete award winner, and Madison Cassell was the sportsmanship award winner.