STONINGTON — Before this girls lacrosse season started, Stonington coach Jeff Medeiros sat down with his four captains and discussed team and individual goals.

Seniors Hannah Lamb, Kate Johnson and Emma Sabbadini and junior Kathryn Logel were in attendance.

The goals were ambitious and would require everyone on the team to buy in.

"I told them if we stay on the right path and if we go the distance, this is doable," Medeiros said. "They did it and they did it in outstanding fashion. This team had each other's goals in mind and they knew the end result would be good for everyone."

Stonington finished 18-4, losing in the Class S title game to three-time defending champion New Fairfield.

Lamb, Johnson and Sabbadini were named to the Class S All-State first team, and Maddy Cassell made second team.

Lamb finished the season with 96 goals and 232 for her career. Both are school records. The 96 surpassed the 89 scored by Caely Melford in 2005. Melford also had the previous career record of 225, which appeared untouchable when she graduated in 2006.

"I didn't necessarily see Hannah getting 96 goals," Medeiros said. "But her strength, no doubt, was the ability to catch and shoot. She had a vicious hard shot and the low cradle. All I did as a coach was try to take advantage of her strengths."

Lamb, who played attack, scored eight goals in a 21-5 win over Newington. That ranks third on Stonington's all-time single-game list. Lamb, who was a first-team All-State selection last year, scored in 41 of her 42 games over the past two seasons.

Johnson, a midfielder, finished the season with 84 goals and 44 assists. The 128 points is a program record; the 44 assists rank second. Johnson, a second-team All-State pick last season, finished her career with 169 goals and 92 assists. The 169 goals trail only Lamb and Melford. The 92 assists are second on the all-time list.

"She worked so hard on being a role model to the other players — a great leader," Medeiros said. "She has tremendous fakes and can put people on their butts. She controls the pace of the game and she controlled the offense. She was great on draws.

"She listened and worked hard all the time in practice at getting better."

Sabbadini finished the season with 66 goals and 49 assists. The assists were a school record and the goals were No. 6 on the all-time list.

She had 160 career goals, fourth on the all-time list, and 98 assists. The assists are a career record. Before this season, Tina Canavan was first with 80.

"She just destroyed the assist record," Medeiros said. "Her goals would have been top five before this season. She was able to feed Hannah and she just had a perfect senior year."

Sabbadini also received the ECC scholar-athlete award for the team.

Lamb and Johnson finished their careers with 261 points each, and Sabbadini was right behind at 260.

Cassell, a senior, played backer on defense.

"She was the quarterback of the defense," Medeiros said. "When you run a backer system, the backer follows the ball and makes sure they can't pass the ball over the middle. She is constantly moving.

"It is a very important job for the defense we run. She stepped in early and decided that she wanted that to be her role. She did a great job."

Lamb, Johnson, Sabbadini, Cassell and midfielder Logel were all named to the ECC Division II first team.

Logel had 20 goals and 29 assists.

"She has very good stick skills and is very good in transition. She has a really good shot, and this year she really started to find her game and her confidence," Medeiros said. "Going forward she will be a big part of our team."

Logel suffered a concussion in the ECC championship game and did not return for the rest of the postseason.

"It was a huge loss when we got into the playoffs," Medeiros said.

Senior Natalia Cullen received the ECC sportsmanship award for her team.

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