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The Wilton-Norwalk girls hockey team took on the state’s top-rated team on Thursday, suffering a 7-2 loss to Greenwich at Dorothy Hamill Ice Rink.

The Cardinals improved to 14-2-1 overall and 10-1-1 in FCIAC play.

Head coach Pete Maxfield was impressed with the Warriors’ performance, despite the defeat.

“I was glad to see our girls come out with a lot of energy and take the 1-0 lead at the 4:42 mark in the first period. We sometimes come out a little slow, but we definitely came out with a hop in our step,” he said. “The girls are playing a much more disciplined game and it's showing, despite the score. There were times when Greenwich had a hard time moving the puck in our defensive zone because we were playing excellent position.”

The Cardinals closed out the first period with three goals, and outscored Wilton in the second period 3-0 to build a 6-1 lead.

The Warriors (4-11) were led by Meghan Lane with two goals. Alyssa Laychak and Anna Bean each had one assist.

Kayla Cohen made her first varsity start in goal and went the whole game.

“Kayla had some great saves in net for her first varsity start. I wanted her to get a full game in this season so she knows what she'll be facing next year,” said coach Maxfield. “I think it was a really valuable lesson for her and I know she learned from it.”

Riley Ellsworth and Emma Wingrove each scored two goals to lead Greenwich, with Ellsworth also notching an assist.

Also scoring for the Cards were Jen Kelly, Emily Bello and Hayley Duffy.

Kelly, Anna Keaveney and Jessie Marzullo each had one assist.

Jessie Aselin went the whole way in goal for Greenwich to notch the win.

Despite the loss, Maxfield was happy with the effort he got from the Warriors.

“The thing I've always said about this team is that, regardless of the score, they never give up and they work as hard as they can until the game is over.”