NEW CANAAN -- If the New Canaan girls lacrosse team was feeling any sort of emotional hangover after dropping the FCIAC championship match last Thursday in heartbreaking fashion, it sure did a good job of hiding it.

The fourth-seeded Rams dominated 13th-seeded Windsor 17-4 Monday afternoon in the first round of the Class M state playoffs at a rainy Dunning Stadium.

"We didn't even have a practice between then and now believe it or not," New Canaan coach Kristin Woods said. "But they came out and just did what we know we could."

New Canaan got the scoring started just over a minute in on Samantha Stewart's free position goal. The Rams would score five straight free position tallies to start the contest, two by Stewart and Elizabeth Miller and one from Catherine Granito when Miller pulled up and found her alone in front of the net.

The Rams actually scored the first 10 goals of the contest before Windsor's Morgan Hanks scored the first of her two.

"It shows that we can come together as a team after a loss that hard against our rival," said Annie Cuoco, a senior who scored four goals in the tilt. "It says a lot about us as a team that we can come back and kick butt like that."

Cuoco has battled injuries for the majority of her career at New Canaan, even missing most of this year--which has relegated her to sub duty.

"It feels really good to comeback and score four goals," Cuoco said. "I haven't had that great of a game in a long time, probably over a year, and it just feels really good in the first round of states to do that."

The subs of the Rams, who came in at the 12 minute mark in the first half, made an impressive showing of their own, scoring seven times while only allowing four Windsor tallies.

Freshman goalie Sarah Street played the entire second half for the Rams, allowing two goals while making six saves.

"Our two's work hard all year and always give the starters a challenge in practice," Woods said. "I try to get them into every game. I think we showed today that even they can play with most teams in the state."

Just four days removed from losing to Darien in triple overtime Woods said her teams focus has completely shifted, and that winning the State Title is the only thing on their mind.

"I told the girls that this is a new season now," Woods said. "Every game counts and the loss was tough but we're on to our next goal of winning states."

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New Canaan 17, Windsor 4

WINDSOR 2 2--4

NEW CANAAN 13 4--17

Scoring: W--Morgan Hanks 2 goals, Tristan Kijak 1g, Adrianne Johanson 1g; NC--Samantha Stewart 2g, Elizabeth Miller 2g, 2 assists, Catherine Granito 1g, Kathleen DeMarino 1g, Madeleine Gertsen 1g 1a, Kylie Murphy 1g, Campbell Armstrong 1g 1a, Braeden Dial 1g 1a, Katharine Freiberg 1g, Annie Cuoco 4g, Karlie Bucci 1g, Kendall Genzburg 1g 2a, Julia Ozimek 1a. Goalies: W--Raquel Solla (4 saves); NC--Bailer Pilder (2), Sarah Street (6). Shots: W--15; NC--26.