GREENWICH, Conn. The Greenwich Academy hockey team took on an unfamiliar opponent Monday, hosting the Darien High School girls in the second-ever meeting of the two teams.
In a rare matchup of public versus private school, Greenwich Academy used its speed to chip away at a feisty Darien squad for a 3-1 victory. Gators head coach Moe Tarrant called the game a fun opportunity to match up against players he sees at off-season camps.
I know a lot of those kids and I actually played against [Darien assistant coach] Jamie Tropsa in high school. So theres a lot of history there, Tarrant said. And Darien is one of the stronger public schools, as is evident by the score. It is a lot of fun and I hope we get to do it every year.
Greenwich Academy used its speed to its advantage early on, dominating time-of-possession. Lexi Henkel got the Gators onto the board first halfway through the first period. Eva Rosencrans put another on the board for Greenwich Academy with under three minutes to play in the period.
Darien cut the Gators lead in half when Emily Tropsa netted a goal on a breakaway with 36 seconds to play in the first. Greenwich Academys offense turned out to be its best defense, though, as Darien was unable to muster much offense after that.
Sasha Fritts scored the Gators insurance goal midway through as Kirsten Nergaard screened Dariens starting goalie, Sarah Shaker. Freshman backup goalie Izzy Scribano relieved Shaker in the third and came up with some spectacular saves to keep the Darien deficit to two.
Darien is pretty well-conditioned and theyre never out of position, Tarrant said. We were a little helter-skelter for a while and they played us tough. To get goals from different players like we did, though, is always a great thing to see as a coach.
Greenwich Academy improves to 8-4 on the season with the victory. The Gators host the Canterbury School on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at Dorothy Hamill Rink.
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