Fenwick’s Caroline Sutton (left) and Trinity’s Rian Smith vie for the ball during a girls’ lacrosse match May 9. Sutton scored four goals in the Friars’ 13-7 victory over the Blazers. (Carol Dunning/Contributor)

The Fenwick and Trinity high school girls lacrosse teams met at the Dominican Priory May 9 in a tune-up for the upcoming IHSA state tournament.

After a competitive first half, the Blazers scored three consecutive goals in the second half and appeared to have taken control. But the Friars responded with a 7-0 run to close out the match and secure a 13-7 victory.

“We stuck to the game plan,” said Fenwick coach Tracy Bonaccorsi. “We started working our offense and executed better.”

Trinity coach Jim Moy felt conditioning and experience played a large role down the stretch.

“I think [Fenwick] was better conditioned. We ran out of gas,” he said. “They had more experienced subs. I have a lot of freshmen and didn’t put them in because they don’t have experience yet.”

Sophomore Caroline Sutton led Fenwick (6-8) with four goals, while freshman Sade Rucker added three goals and sophomore Elizabeth Winkel two.

For Trinity (8-9), freshman Rian Smith had three goals, and senior Natalie Kazmierowicz and junior Paige Smith had two apiece. 

Bonaccorsi said the Friars paid extra attention defensively to Smith, who has 87 goals this season.

“She was our main focus in the scouting report,” Bonaccorsi said. “Cate Krema did a great job face-guarding and following her all over the field to take her out of the game.”

Even though neither team has a winning record, both coaches feel their seasons are going reasonably well.

“It’s been hard to get into a rhythm with the weather and spring break,” Bonaccorsi said. “But when we’ve had everyone here and working together, there have been a lot of positives.”

“I think it’s going well. We’re getting better every day,” Moy said. “We’re learning from our losses and mistakes, and correcting them in practice.”

Fenwick is the fourth seed in the IHSA St. Ignatius Sectional, while Trinity is seeded seventh in the Hinsdale Central Sectional. With that postseason tournament beginning next week, both the Friars and Blazers have things to work on.

“We need to execute earlier in the games,” Bonaccorsi said. “And we need to go in with confidence, instead of playing scared. We had a couple of one-goal losses that could’ve gone either way. We wish we could have those back, but we’re looking forward to building off of each game and improving.”

“We need to get better with our draws,” Moy said. “In lacrosse, if you don’t get the draw, you can’t go on offense. It makes a huge difference.”

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