STONINGTON — The Stonington High girls lacrosse team scored the last six goals of the game in a 13-11 comeback victory over Old Saybrook on Friday, the Bears' regular-season finale and an important contest for state tournament seeding purposes.
The win was the Bears' fifth in a row and marked the first time they've beaten the Rams, a nonleague opponent, in five meetings since 2015.
"It really came down to winning draws," Stonington coach Jeff Medeiros said. "We're a veteran team and we came together and did what we had to do."
Kate Johnson, whose ability on the draw played a key role in the win, finished with four goals and three assists, Emma Sabbadini had four goals and one assist, and Hannah Lamb scored three times to lead the Bears (14-2).
After a back-and-forth first half that ended with Old Saybrook leading 8-7, the Rams (11-3) extended their lead to 11-7 with 13:43 left in the game. But they never scored again.
"We started winning draws," Medeiros said. "Kate figured it out, and we won about six straight draws during that stretch we came back. We controlled the clock, we controlled the ball and played our game."
Kathryn Logel added a goal and an assist, and Megan Detwiler had one goal. Goalies Faith Gately (2) and Isabella McCarthy (5) combined for seven saves.
Old Saybrook outshot Stonington, 23-22.
The Bears next await pairings for the ECC tournament.
— Ken Sorensen