NORWALK -- The New Canaan girls lacrosse team easily dominated host Brien McMahon 16-1 on Tuesday to make it five-for-five, keeping its perfect record intact.

Despite the lopsided outcome, there were some positives to be found on the McMahon side of things, and the visiting Rams also came away with something more than just an easy win.

The senior-led New Canaan Rams improved to 5-0 and the mostly-young Senators dropped to 0-5.

McMahon's lone goal came off the stick of junior Caroline Deorio, on a second-half free position shot, but Coach Kaitlyn Prescott was extremely pleased with the performances of all of her players.

"This was one of our best games. We were never really worried about the score," said Prescott, acknowledging that her team overmatched by the more experienced Rams.

The outcome may have been the same as the previous four times the Senators left the field, but this time things were different.

"We played more like a team today. We worked hard to get open for each other," Prescott said.

Although New Canaan was led by senior captain Olivia Hompe's three goals, and a strong performance from eight starting seniors, the Rams gave their coach, Kristin Woods, reason for enthusiasm about the prospects for future.

In the up and coming player category, Woods was particularly pleased with the play of freshman Catherine Granito, who scored twice, and sophomores Annie Cuoco, Devin Selvala, and Grace Freyre. Cuoco and Freyre both found the back of the net.

In addition, senior Bea Eppler scored twice, as did sophomore Isabel Taben.

The Rams got all three of their goaltenders into the game as Bailey Pidler, Nathalie Deney and Liz O'Sullivan combined for a five-save effort.

"It was great to see a full team effort. Our young players are starting to step up more and more," Woods said.

McMahon goalie Michele Petrucci, who stopped 13 shots, said she enjoys playing strong opponents.

"It's a challenge. Their shots are always on point," Petrucci said.

Petrucci, like Prescott, was encouraged by her team's efforts, and hopes they carry over into upcoming games.

"Today was one of our best games we've played. We did everything right. We put pressure on them. We need to start doing that every game," Petrucci said. "If we can do that with this team we can do it with any team."

The Rams may have had an easy time of it, but Woods thought her squad did a nice job of staying focused and playing hard from the start.

"They played with confidence and they did a nice job of working the ball around, offensively running our plays," Woods said.

O'Sullivan, one of the New Canaan captains, noted that the Rams were prepared for McMahon's speed in the midfield.

"I'm really glad we kept our intensity high even though this was a lopsided game," the O'Sullivan said.

New Canaan defender and captain Kelly Armstrong thought her team maintained its focus even once the game was well in hand.

"I think we did a good job of marking up players and playing intensely throughout the whole game," Armstrong said.

The Senators hope to take something away from facing such strong opponents.

"They're really great to watch. They are very skilled. They have great passers and shooters. They work really well together. They're in good shape," Prescott said of the Rams.

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