Field hockey: Quick start propels Greenwich past Wilton, 4-2

Maggie O’Gorman scored three goals and Emily Gunzman made nine saves as the Greenwich High field hockey team continued its impressive season with a 4-2 win over defending FCIAC champ Wilton on Saturday at home.

The Cardinals improved to 8-1 with its second big win in four days. They were coming off a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Norwalk on Wednesday.

Greenwich is now second in the FCIAC playoff standings behind unbeaten Darien. Staples and Norwalk also have one FCIAC loss each, both to Greenwich.

“I feel like Greenwich is always underestimated, so this year it feels really good to have some teams turn around and be like, wow, they’re actually a top competitor in the FCIAC this year,” said O’Gorman, one of the team’s senior captains. “It’s a team effort. Every goal always starts from the back. That makes a goal a lot more special because it come from every single person on the field.”

The Warriors dropped to 6-3-0-1 with the loss, and to 6-2 in the FCIAC.

Greenwich jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first half on a breakaway goal by Paige Finneran and a penalty-stroke goal by O’Gorman — set up by another fast break into the Wilton arc.

Wilton got on the board with 4:30 left in the first half, off a penalty corner, with Emma Rosen scoring to the left of the goal after a hit from Jess Hendry.

But the Cardinals answered two minutes later with a beautiful goal set up by a series of passes, with O’Gorman scoring from five yards out on an assist from Jennie Piotrzowski.

The halftime score was 3-1.

Gunzman turned away most everything Wilton sent her way in the second half (six saves), as the Warriors had a 7-1 edge in corners in the half, and had 11 shots to Greenwich’s two in the half — including seven shots on goal.

The Cardinals scored on their only shot on goal in the half, with 8:58 left, on a corner when O’Gorman redirected Beth Williamson’s hit inside the near post.

The Warriors kept pushing and it paid off with 5:36 left when Olivia Hahn deflected the ball into the cage from right in front off an assist by Emma Rothkopf, making it 4-2.

Wilton had more opportunities after that with a pair of corners and three more shots, but couldn’t get any closer.

The Warriors finished the game with a 13-4 edge in penalty corners, and 11-5 edge in shots on goal.

“We had the same game plan we have for every game. — just to come out really strong and get up early, so the rest of the game we’re up and we don’t have to worry,” said O’Gorman. “Speed is definitely our most helpful attribute. I think that’s what we do to run down other teams. We have so many athletes, we just try to run around them and make them tired.”