Stonington (5-0, 5-0 ECC) went up 3-0 at halftime and was able to get its reserves some playing time in the second half.
Bears’ coach Jenna Tucchio said the game against NFA (4-2, 4-2 ECC) was their toughest game of the year.
“It was a little more competitive than most of our games this year,” she said. “This might have been our most competitive game of the year.
“Most of their (NFA’s) offense came in the second half, but they were still able to move the ball and generate some opportunities even more so than the game against East Lyme (a 2-1 win).”
The win against East Lyme might have been closer in terms of the score but Stonington outshot the Vikings 35-4.
Stonington’s shot advantage Tuesday was a much more modest 15-9.
Sam Shroyer had an assist and Annie Knizeski made nine saves in net.
Stonington hosts Woodstock Academy Friday at 6:30 p.m.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
GRISWOLD — The Wolverines had the top three finishers and kept the Bears from sweeping Tuesday’s out-of-division meet between ECC schools.
Griswold edged Stonington 27-30, but the Bears salvaged a split with a 15-50 win against Lyman Memorial.
Lucas Meding took the top spot in the 3.1-mile race with a time of 17 minutes and 10 seconds and Griswold (5-2) had the three fastest runners in the race.
“The top three runners carried them to this win, there really was no way we could win once they took those spots,” Stonington coach Jenna Ross said. “We know what we have to do and we’ll get them in the big races.”
Will Robinson placed fourth and was the fastest runner for the Bears with a time of 18:07.
Henry Kaczman was right behind Robinson in fifth with an 18:08. Frank Sternberg was sixth (18:13), Kieran Thornell seventh (18:23) and Jacob Aubrecht placed eighth (18:24).
Lyman Memorial fell to 3-5.
The Bears (6-3) host Plainfield and Bacon Academy Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Bears drop two
GRISWOLD — A big loss to Griswold and a close loss to Lyman Memorial hung two losses on the Bears in Tuesday’s out-of-division meet between ECC schools.
Griswold (7-0) knocked off Stonington 18-43 and Lyman Memorial edged the Bears 28-29.
Stonington coach Jenna Ross said that Lyman (4-4) had three of the top four runners head to head with Stonington and was able to parlay that into a win.
Antonia Reyonolds was the fastest Bear on the 3.1-mile course with a time of 22 minutes and 5 seconds, good for sixth place.
Anna Bornstein was ninth in 22:27.
Elise Huysman (12th, 22:33), Caralyn Granato (14th, 22:58) and Meg Rolfe (15th, 23:23) were the other Bears’ scorers.
Stonington (5-4) hosts Plainfield and Bacon Academy Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
STONINGTON — Aaron Schwartz scored two goals and unbeaten Waterford downed Stonington in an ECC Medium Division game Tuesday.
The loss was the first of the year for the Bears.
Schwartz scored the first goal of the game with 23 minutes and 37 seconds to play in the first. He scored his second on a penalty kick just 19 seconds later.
Max Wolfley made it 3-0 with 5:49 left in the first half and Schneider Jean Pierre made it 4-0 with a goal 19 minutes into the second.
Stonington fell to 6-1-1 and 3-1 in the Medium. Tuesday’s game was the first the Bears have played against a team that brought a winning record into the game. Waterford (7-0, 4-0) has outscored the opposition 29-2 this season. East Lyme, which plays in the Large Division, is the only other unbeaten team in the ECC at 3-0-3.
Stonington keeper Steve Zelepos made seven saves. Stonington managed just three shots on Waterford keeper Austin Schwartz.
The Bears are at Montville on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.