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West Haven slips by Hamden
McDaniel scores 7 goals in win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 4, 2017) -
 
The West Haven girls lacrosse team improved to 4-5 with its second straight win and third victory in four contests, defeating Hamden 14-13 on the road Thursday evening.

The Westies scored nine times in the first half and led by three goals, before Hamden rallied in the second half.
Seniors Mary McDaniel and Gabi Prisco led the way for the Westies as McDaniel scored seven goals and added a pair of assists. Prisco scored five times and had one assist, while Kaitlynn Cooke and Keegan Riccio each scored once. Riccio also added an assist in the victory.Shannon Kennedy led Hamden with six goals, while Kelsey Darcy had three goals and one assist. Madisyn Crotta made 11 saves in the win for the Westies. 


Three in a Row
Westies improve to 5-5 with win over Hamden
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue

(May 8, 2017) - The West Haven girls lacrosse team won its third contest in a row and fourth in five games with a 14-10 victory over Hamden Monday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven.  With the victory, West Haven improved to 5-5 on the year.

















Alexis Burzynski (23) against Hamden, May 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The two teams matched up in an evenly played first half where each team scored six times. The Westies then outscored Hamden 8-4 in the second half to post the victory.
Seniors Gabi Prisco and Mary McDaniel led the way as Prisco had five goals and two assists, and McDaniel added four goals and an assist. Annalise DePino, Amani Cayo, Celina Condon, Keegan Riccio and Alexis Burzynski each scored once for the Westies.

















West Haven battles for possession against Hamden, May 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Riccio, Burzynski, Cayo and Mackenzie Holy each added assists in the win. Madisyn Crotta made four saves in the win for the Westies. 


Sheehan holds off Westies
West Haven falls to 5-6 with 9-8 loss to Titans
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 11, 2017) -
 The West Haven girls lacrosse team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with a 9-8 home loss against Sheehan Thursday evening.
The game was evenly played throughout with the two teams tied at four in the first half. The Titans narrowly pulled out the victory in the second half.  

















Gabi Prisco (20) scored three goals against Sheehan, May 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Gabi Prisco and Mary McDaniel led the Westies with three goals apiece, while Madisyn Crotta scored twice.
Prisco also added an assist along with Annalise Depino who had two and Keegan Riccio who had one.

















Nicole Gaston makes a save against Sheehan, May 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Nicole Gaston made nine saves in the loss for West Haven. 


Prisco rallies Westies
Senior scores 4 times in final minutes of 11-10 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 15, 2017) -
 
It should come as no surprise when West Haven senior Gabi Prisco does something extraordinary. For four years, Prisco has been an all-state presence on the soccer and lacrosse fields as well as on the ice in hockey.
What Prisco did Monday afternoon tells all one needs to know about her refuse to quit mentality. Trailing 10-7 in the final minutes of regulation, Prisco scored four times, including the game-winner with 17 seconds remaining, to lift West Haven to an 11-10 victory at North Haven.
Prisco finished the contest with five goals, while Mary McDaniel added three more, and Madisyn Crotta scored twice. Amani Cayo also scored for the Westies.
Trailing 10-7, Prisco scored the next three West Haven goals to even the contest at 10. Prisco capped the rally with the winner in the final seconds to help West Haven to its fourth win in its last five contests to improve to 6-6 on the season.
Nicole Gaston made six saves in the win. 


Shelton downs Westies
Strong second half propels Gaels to 13-9 win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 16, 2017)
- The West Haven girls lacrosse team was looking to build off an exciting comeback victory over North Haven just 24 hours earlier. Instead, the Westies suffered a tough defeat.

Outscored 7-3 in the second half, West Haven fell to Shelton 13-9 on the road Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, West Haven fell to 6-7 on the year. 

Mary McDaniel led the West Haven offense with four goals, while Madisyn Crotta scored twice. Gabi Prisco, Shannon Siclari, and Mackenzie Holy each scored once for West Haven.

Nicole Gaston made nine saves in the loss.


Senior Send Off
Prisco, McDaniel lead Westies past Foran on Senior Night
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 19, 2017) -
Celebrating Senior Night, the West Haven girls lacrosse team saw just how fast four years have gone by in the storied career of Gabi Prisco. One of the best players to come through the program, Prisco finished her home career in style, scoring six goals and adding five assists in an 18-10 victory over Foran Friday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. 

















West Haven celebrates a goal against Foran, May 19, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

West Haven improved to 7-7 on the season with the victory. 

Prisco and her teammates, which also included three goals from Mary McDaniel, took control of the game with a 15-4 lead in the first half and never looked back in the win. 

















West Haven coach Chrystal Fanelli against Foran, May 19, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Madisyn Crotta scored three times and added an assist, while Kailin Kyle, Lauren Bernardo, Kaitlynn Cooke, Annalise Depino, Mackenzie Holy and Keegan Riccio all scored once. Riccio also added an assist in the win. 

Nicole Gaston finished with 10 saves for West Haven. 


Westies top Amity
WH posts 7-6 road victory over Amity
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 20, 2017)
 -  The West Haven girls lacrosse team won its second straight contest and improved to 8-7 on the season with a 7-6 road victory over Amity Saturday morning. 

















West Haven seniors and families. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Gabi Prisco, who scored six times in a win over Foran, kept her torrid streak going with four more goals and an assist. Madisyn Crotta scored three times, and Amani Cayo and Keegan Riccio each had one assist. 

West Haven took a first half lead, 5-4, in a tightly contested game. With the defensive play picking up in the second half, each team scored twice, allowing West Haven to post the one-goal victory. 

Nicole Gaston made eight saves in the win for West Haven. 


West Haven defeats Lions
Crotta, Prisco lead Westies
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 22, 2017) -
  The West Haven girls lacrosse team may not like the way the season may have started, but the Westies sure have to be happy with the way it has ended. Winners of their final three games, and four of their last five, the Westies finished the regular season with a 9-7 record. 

The latest victory in the streak came Monday evening in Milford as the Westies rode the play of Madisyn Crotta and Gabi Prisco to post a 13-7 victory over Foran at Foran High. 

Crotta led the West Haven offense with six goals, while Prisco continued her stellar season with five goals to give her 63 tallies on the year.  

Keegan Riccio and Annalise Depino also scored in the game for the Westies. 

Nicole Gaston came up big in goal, finishing with nine saves.  


Trumbull eliminates Westies
Season ends with 15-8 loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 27, 2017) -
  Even a hot run at the end of the regular season could not help the Westies. Winners of their final three regular season contests and four of their last five, the 14th-seeded Westies saw their season come to a close with a 15-8 loss against 19th-seeded Trumbull at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven Saturday evening. 

















Gabi Prisco against Trumbull, May 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

With the loss comes the end of a storied career for West Haven senior Gabi Prisco, who scored five times and added an assist in what would be her final game in a West Haven uniform. Prisco finished the season with a team-leading 68 goals. 

Trumbull took control of the game in the first half, jumping out to a 9-3 lead. West Haven kept inching closer, but Trumbull responded each time and never let the Westies get within striking distance. 


















West Haven celebrates a goal against Trumbull, May 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Mary McDaniel also scored twice, and Madisyn Crotta added a goal in the loss. McDaniel also added a pair of assists, while Crotta had a helper as well. 

Nicole Gaston made 19 saves in the loss. 

Tough Start
Westies fall to Mercy
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 8, 2017) -
 The West Haven girls lacrosse team had to wait a little longer than the rest of the spring sports teams to get the season started. While the Westies battled, it was not enough in an 8-7 loss against Mercy to open the season Saturday evening at Ken Strong Stadium.

















Mary Mcdaniel (32) and Celina Condon (33) battle for possession in a loss to Mercy, April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
The Westies trailed by three goals early, including 5-2 at halftime, before battling back. The Westies used a 5-3 run to get started in the second half, but could not get any closer.

















Alexis Burzynski (23) looks to set up the offense in a loss to Mercy, April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Gabi Prisco started her senior season in style, scoring four times. Junior Alexis Burzynski added two goals and senior Shannon Siclari had one goal in the loss.

Sophomore Nicole Gaston made 11 saves in the loss for the Westies. 


Westies top Sharks
McDaniel leads WH to first win of season
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 11, 2017) -
 Looking for a spark to get in the win column, the West Haven girls lacrosse team found it in senior Mary McDaniel. Scoring three times and adding an assist, McDaniel led West Haven to an 8-5 victory over Sacred Heart Academy Tuesday afternoon in Hamden. 

With the win, West Haven improved to 1-1 on the year after falling to Mercy in the season opener. 

Senior Gabi Prisco scored twice, sophomore Celina Condon added a goal and an assist, and juniors Annalise Depino and Shannon Siclari each scored once. Nicole Gaston made 16 saves in the win for the Westies.

After the two teams traded the first four goals of the game, West Haven went on a 3-1 run to take a 5-3 lead at the half.

Prisco set up McDaniel for a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes, 42 seconds to go in the opening half. With the game even at one, Prisco scored with 19:56 remaining for a 2-1 advantage.

Mackenzie Holy set up Prisco for a 3-2 lead with 9:18 remaining in the half for a 3-2 advantage, and McDaniel scored twice in 1:08 for a 5-2 lead.

With a 5-4 lead in the second half, West Haven scored three times to put the game away. Condon scored an unassisted goal with 17:28 to go for a 6-4 advantage, Siclari scored off an assist from Condon with 12:40 left for a 7-4 lead, and Depino scored off an assist from McDaniel with 4:13 for a four-goal lead.


North tops West
Indians beat Westies in overtime
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 15, 2017) -
 Coming off its initial victory of the season over Sacred Heart Academy, the West Haven girls lacrosse team hoped to ride the momentum into Saturday evening's contest against North Haven. 

Despite holding the edge in play in the opening half, the Westies could not hold on and eventually lost to the Indians 10-9 in overtime Saturday evening at Ken Strong Stadium. 

















West Haven celebrates a goal against North Haven, April 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.​

West Haven (1-2) led 6-5 at halftime, but could only score three times in the second half. The Indians capitalized to even the game and won in overtime. 

Mary McDaniel and Gabi Prisco led the West Haven offense as each scored three times and added an assist. Alexis Burzynski, Amani Cayo, and Madisyn Crotta also scored for West Haven. 

















Amani Cayo (3) celebrates her goal against North Haven, April 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Nicole Gaston made 15 saves in the loss for the Westies.

North Haven's Annie Uyeki scored six times in the contest. 


Law too much for WH
Westies fall 17-13 despite efforts of McDaniel and Prisco
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 18, 2017) -
 
The West Haven girls lacrosse team is looking to get into a rhythm. Unfortunately for the Westies, that rhythm has yet to come. 
Despite scoring 11 goals in the second half, West Haven fell to Jonathan Law 17-13 Tuesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. The loss drops West Haven to 1-3 on the season.

















Mary McDaniel (32) scored five goals against Jonathan Law, April 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Looking to rebound from a tough loss to North Haven Saturday evening, West Haven trailed early and never recovered.

Jonathan Law scored eight goals in the opening half and took a six-goal lead to the break. 
West Haven outscored Law 11-9 in the second half, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome. 

















Gabi Prisco (20) had four goals and five assists against Jonathan Law, April 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Senior Mary McDaniel led the way for West Haven with five goals and two assists, while fellow senior Gabi Prisco had four goals and five assists in the loss. 
Madisyn Crotta also played well for West Haven with three goals.
Jonathan Law was led by Colleen Goodwin with five goals and two assists, and Andria Torres with four goals and one assist. 
Olivia Keater had three goals and four assists in the win for Law.


West Haven falls to Lauralton
Westies drop to 1-4 on season
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 20, 2017) -
 The West Haven girls lacrosse team dropped its third straight contest Thursday afternoon when it fell to Lauralton Hall 19-7 in Milford. The loss drops West Haven to 1-4 on the season. 

In a game dominated by the Crusaders, West Haven had a few bright spots in the contest. Seniors Gabi Prisco and Mary McDaniel accounted for the offense with Prisco scoring six times and McDaniel scoring twice.
Nicole Gaston made 10 saves in the loss for West Haven.

Westies top Sharks
McDaniel, Prisco lead team to 11-5 win

By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 22, 2017) -
 
Looking to get back on the winning track, the West Haven girls lacrosse team did so Saturday evening against Sacred Heart Academy at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. 

















West Haven celebrates a goal against Sacred Heart Academy, April 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Paced by three goals apiece from Mary McDaniel and Gabi Prisco, West Haven defeated the Sharks 11-5.
West Haven jumped out of the gates quickly, scoring seven times in the first half and taking a 7-2 lead. In a much tighter played game in the second half, West Haven held a 4-3 advantage to go on to the 11-5 victory.

















Keegan Riccio (10) against Sacred Heart Academy, April 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

McDaniel and Prisco also added assists, along with Madyson Crotta and Keegan Riccio. Crotta also scored twice, while Shannon Siclari, Alexis Burzynski and Riccio added one goal apiece.
Nicole Gaston made 21 saves in the victory for West Haven.















Madisyn Crotta scores against Sacred Heart Academy, April 22, 2017. Video courtesy of Mike Madera.















Mary McDaniel (32) against Sacred Heart Academy, April 22, 2017. Video courtesy of Mike Madera. 


Second half Surge
Shelton rolls past Westies 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 27, 2017) -
 The struggles for the West Haven girls lacrosse team continue. Unable to get any continuity on offense, the Westies lost for the fourth time in five games with a 15-9 defeat against Shelton Thursday evening.
The Westies battled in the first half and trailed by just one goal at 5-4 when halftime arrived. The second half was a different story as the Gaels used a 10-5 run to cruise past the Westies and drop West Haven to 2-5 on the year.
Goals by Mary McDaniel and Gabi Prisco had West Haven on top 4-3 before Shelton closed the opening half with a 5-4 lead.
McDaniel scored four times, while Prisco added two goals and an assist in the loss. Madisyn Crotta also scored twice, with Shannon Siclari scoring once. Keegan Riccio had a pair of assists in the loss.
Nicole Gaston made 13 saves in the loss. 















Gabi Prisco (20) scores against Shelton, April 27, 2017. Video courtesy of Mike Madera.















Mary McDaniel (32) scores against Shelton, April 27, 2017. Video courtesy of Mike Madera.  


Prisco, McDaniel lead Westies
Seniors propel team past Lyman Hall 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 1, 2017) -
 Looking to turn its season around, the West Haven girls lacrosse team is on the right track. Behind the play of seniors Gabi Prisco and Mary McDaniel, West Haven won its second contest in three games with a 12-9 decision over Lyman Hall in West Haven Monday evening.

















Gabi Prisco (20), seen here earlier in the season, scored five times against Lyman Hall, May 1, 2017. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera. 
The victory, which saw Prisco score five times and McDaniel add three, helped improve West Haven’s mark to 3-5 on the year.
In a high-scoring first half, the two teams combined for 11 goals and West Haven held a 7-4 advantage. An evenly played second half saw each team score five times as West Haven prevailed by three goals.
Madisyn Crotta, who was called on to play in goal, made 11 saves in the win for the Westies.
Annalise Depino, Shannon Siclari, Keegan Riccio and Mackenzie Holy each scored once in the win for West Haven.McDaniel, Riccio, Prisco, and Lexi Burzynski all had one assist in the contest for West Haven.