GIRLS LACROSSE: After loss to SHA, Sheehan gets good read on its shortcomings and pins rout on Hamden

GIRLS LACROSSE: After loss to SHA, Sheehan gets good read on its shortcomings and pins rout on Hamden

WALLINGFORD — Hamden scored the first and last goals. In between, Sheehan scored 16 goals.

Final score: Sheehan 16, Hamden 2.

As expected, the Sheehan girls lacrosse team rolled to a lopsided SCC victory on a beautiful spring Saturday at John Riccielli Field. 

The only thing that slowed down the Titans was the clock, which ran continuously after Sheehan went up 11-1 with 1:20 to play in the first half.

Allie Ottochian tallied four of her six goals in the first 25 minutes. Three of Ottochian’s goals came over a span of 1:29 of the first half, as Sheehan dominated Hamden for the second time in two weeks. 

Sheehan beat the Green Dragons 15-7 on April 16. With Saturday’s result, the Titans improved to 5-2 and Hamden fell to 0-6.

Jayna MacKenzie scored all five of her goals in the first half. She was one of five different Titans who scored in the first half.

“Once we start, we don’t snap out of it,” Sheehan head coach Charissa Zbikowski said. “We just have to get started.”

“We wanted to come out strong, but we definitely are a team that needs to warm up,” added Zbikowski. “It just takes us a little while to warm up.”

It took Sheehan 10-plus minutes to score. Once they did, the Titans didn’t stop.

Hamden’s only offense of first half came at the 19:22 mark when Kyley Turchmann scored to give the Green Dragons a 1-0 lead. 

MacKenzie scored Sheehan’s first two goals just over a minute apart to wake up the Titans and give them a 2-1 lead with 13:13 to play in the half. The Titans would ultimately score three goals over a two-minute span to take a 3-1 lead with 10:13 remaining in the first half. 

Goals by sophomore Lyndsey Bunnell and junior Makenna Sinisgalli gave Sheehan a 4-1 lead with 7:41 left in the half.

The Titans’ lead grew to 7-1 when Ottochian tallied the first of her three goals in a row.

MacKenzie netted Sheehan’s 11th straight goal and forced he clock to run continuously. Sheehan led 12-1 at the break on another MacKenzie goal.

Ottochian and MacKenzie accounted for nine of Sheehan’s 12 first-half goals.

“We just automatically click on the field,” Ottochian said of playing with fellow junior MacKenzie. “We’ve played with each other for years, and once you have that chemistry, it just works automatically right away.

“She’s a player I can trust on the field. We know how each other plays,” added Ottochian.

MacKenzie had similar words for her running mate.

“Me and Allie have always worked nicely together,” MacKenzie said. “Once we start, we don’t snap out of it. We just have to get started.”

Zbikowski agreed.

“They trust each other out there and they make each other look good,” Zbikowski said.

The Titans picked up where they left off in the first half, scoring the first foul goals after halftime to lead 16-1. 

Bunnell started the second-half scoring with her second goal of the game, while Amelia Mansfield made it 14-1 with 18:17 to play.

Ottochian scored the final two goals for Sheehan, which led 16-1 with 6:40 to play.

Hamden finally got a second ball past Sheehan sophomore goalie Grace Keenan with 2:36 to play.

While she finished with just four saves, Keenan made several nice stops in the second half. 

The Titans were coming off their second loss of the season, a setback to unbeaten Sacred Heart Academy (7-0), which stands No. 2 in the Class M state rankings.

Sheehan’s other loss was 10-9 to Lauralton Hall.

Ottochian said the Titans learned from the loss earlier this week to Sacred Heart.

“(Sacred Heart) is a good team; their goalie is amazing,” Ottochian said. “We played a good game; we didn’t get crushed. We realized after (losing) what we needed to work on. What were our strengths and weaknesses.”

With Ottochian, MacKenzie and the Sheehan offense moving as it did Saturday, Zbikowski is confident her Titans can be a force in the SCC.

“We just hope to keep this momentum growing in the second half of the season and in the (SCC) tournament,” Zbikowski said. “I think we’ll do well.”

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