STONINGTON — Stonington High made two crucial adjustments and defeated East Lyme, 10-9, on Tuesday in the semifinals of the ECC girls lacrosse tournament.
No. 3 Stonington, the defending ECC tournament champion, will face No. 4 Woodstock Academy in the title game Thursday at East Lyme at 5 p.m. Stonington beat East Lyme in the title game last season.
Stonington (15-2) lost to No. 2 East Lyme during the regular season, 13-9. But the Bears made some changes for Tuesday's game.
"The last game they were swarming us in transition, but behind us and across the field was wide open. We were able to work the ball back and across the field. It took longer, but it worked," Stonington coach Jeff Medeiros said. "They were also splitting our low defenders to get open shots. Today, we kept our low defenders on the crease. We made the adjustments and it worked out for us."
Stonington never trailed in the game, leading 5-4 at the half.
Kate Johnson finished with four goals and an assist.
"Kate also won about 75 percent of the draws, and it came down to draws in the second half. We were able to get possession and control the ball," Medeiros said. "We believed we could beat them, but we knew it would not be an easy game."
Emma Sabbadini finished with three goals and two assists, Hannah Lamb scored twice, Abby Remmert had a goal, and Kathryn Logel added an assist.
Both teams finished with 15 shots, and Isabella McCarthy made four saves for the Bears.
East Lyme dropped to 13-4.
— Keith Kimberlin