Immaculate claims two wins over Masuk

Rob Troesser is making the transition from youth-league girls lacrosse coach to the high school level at Masuk High and is trying to do it in small steps rather than large ones.

Troesser replaced veteran coach John Murphy this spring, and he’s hoping that as the youth program in Monroe gets better more of those players will find themselves playing for the high school team.

It’s been a difficult season for the Panthers, who lost to Immaculate of Danbury, 16-6, on Monday.

The Mustangs (7-6), vying for a chance to qualify for state tournament play, got six goals from Jacelyn Dailey and five from Maeve Reilly, a pair of juniors, in recording their second win over Masuk in four days.

The two teams met last Friday in Danbury in a make-up game. Immaculate took that one, 12-4.

In the rematch, Briana Proudfoot scored three times for Masuk. Laura Cuseo scored twice and Sam Levinson once.

The Panthers are 2-11 and both of their wins came over North Haven, by scores of 14-7 and 6-4.

“We’ve got a nice group of girls here,” Troesser said. “We’ve been struggling some offensively. And defensively today, their deliberate style of play forced our kids out of position many times.

“I know as kids come along in our youth programs, it will help us here on the junior varsity and varsity levels.”

Proudfoot, Levinson and Kelsey Brown, the team’s three senior captains, all came from that program.

“Briana plays with a ton of heart,” Troesser said. “She’s always looking to score. She keeps her nose to the ground.”

It was Proudfoot, a midfielder along with Levinson and Brown, who got her team’s first two goals.

Immaculate took a 1-0 lead in the game’s first minute when Mitchell scored on Masuk’s junior keeper Molly O’Hara (six saves) after an infraction.

Proudfoot tied the game a little over a minute later, but the Mustangs rallied and took a 10-4 halftime lead.

Immaculate wound up taking 31 shots. Masuk had 14.

“Our passing and positioning was very good today,” Immaculate coach Tom Murtha said. “I was a little disappointed in our defense though. Defense should always come first.

“This team (Masuk) is tough to play on grass. The game was close early on before we were able to break it open.”

Levinson’s goal at 17:12 of the second half pulled the Panthers to within 11-5, before Immaculate scored the game’s next five goals.

“We lack a little experience right now,” said Troesser, whose team has dropped eight straight games.

Troesser used an assortment of players, including senior Olivia Johnson and Cuseo, a junior, on attack, along with senios Kasey Moraveck and Kelly Halloran on defense.

Masuk will host Notre Dame tonight at 7 and conclude its season Friday at 6 when Fairfield Warde visits.

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