Girls lacrosse: Wistreich caps off career as All-American

After helping lead the Wilton High girls lacrosse team to the Class L state championship game earlier this month, senior Rebecca Wistreich capped off her career at WHS by being named a U.S. Lacrosse 2017 High School All-American.

The recent Wilton grad was a co-captain of the Warriors and a midfielder whose versatility helped her lead the team, or finish near the top, in every key category — goals (56), assists (20), draws (96), ground balls (105) and caused turnovers (26).

She also earned first-team all-FCIAC honors and was named to the Academic All-State Team.

The biggest honor, however, was being named an All-American.

“I was so excited when I heard and humbled by the award. I had always looked up to the past All-Americans so it was such an honor to be a part of it,” she said. “I am so grateful for my amazing teammates who I could not have done it without.”

Wistreich was a three-year starter for Wilton, helping the Warriors reach the state finals in 2015 and 2017, and the state semifinals in 2016.

Last year as a junior she was first-team all-state and second-team all-FCIAC. As a sophomore she had earned honorable mention all-FCIAC honors.

This year’s season was special, as Wilton bounced back from a tough regular season to reach the state finals. Losing several starters to injury, the Warriors struggled at the end of the season with four losses in six games, including a 13-9 loss to Staples in the FCIAC quarterfinals.

But after two weeks of practice, they played their best lacrosse of the season in Class L playoff wins over Glastonbury (14-9), Cheshire (16-8) and Greenwich (14-8), before giving top-ranked Darien a scare in the finals in a 13-10 loss.

“After losing early in FCIACs we had a lot of time to focus on ourselves and I think it really paid off in the state tournament,” she said. “We really put in the work during this time and I think it was clear in the state tournament where we played our best lacrosse of the season — which was evident all over the field from better ball movement on attack to stronger one-on-one defense. The team showed its true character turning it around at the end of the season.”

Wistreich was at the top of her game in the state playoffs, leading Wilton over the four games in goals (14), assists (5), draws (22) and ground balls (10), along with three caused turnovers.

Wistreich, who was also a member of the Wilton High girls soccer team, was a Wilton High School FCIAC Scholar Athlete for Spring 2017. She was the recipient of the Wilton Sports Council Sportsmanship Scholarship Award, and the John A. Sussenguth “Jack” Memorial Award, which is given to a young man and woman who “combine scholarship with leadership, who give of self with warmth and friendship, who are accomplished in the arts or athletics and who fulfill these ideals with a joy and zest for life.”

She held a GPA of 3.8, was a member of the High Honor Roll and National Honor Society, as well as the French Honor Society.

Wistreich will attend Amherst College in the fall, where she will continue playing lacrosse on the Division III level.