When the Staples girls golf team hosted New Canaan in Westport on Tuesday, it was a meeting of two teams who've had two very different seasons. The Wreckers have consistently stood as one of the best teams in FCIAC with only one loss, while the revamped Rams were still seeking their first victory. Despite a solid effort from New Canaan, in which they put together their second lowest total of the season, Staples proved to be too much in a 182-221 win behind four sub-50 rounds.
The Wreckers' No.1 golfer, Faith Garcia, posted the lowest score of the match with an impressive 41 on a breezy day at Longshore Golf Course. Staples teammate Anelise Browne put together a solid round of her own with a 43 out of the No. 2 pairing against New Canaan's Tessa Piontkowski (57). According to Staples (9-1) coach Bob Byiteck, 2014 has been special, and there's no reason to believe it can't have a special, championship conclusion.
"This team is definitely capable of winning the FCIAC championship," Byiteck said. "They've worked really hard this season and I'm just so proud of them."
The Rams received their best score of the day from senior Haley Anderson, who shot a 49 in No. 5 action against Emily Lane (53). In the middle matchups, the Wreckers earned quality performances from their No. 3 Marie McHugh (49) and No. 4 Alex McMahon (49), who bested Katie McNulty (59) and Abigail Ker (61) respectively. In a season that has relied on younger players, the Rams have been learning on the fly with each passing match.
"To this point we all haven't had solid rounds on the same day," Anderson said. "But we're still working on establishing that chemistry as a team and putting together consistent individual performances."
Fellow New Canaan senior Katie Perry (53) believes that this season will go a long way to make the younger golfers better for next season.
"There are so many new golfers this season, it's really like a new team," Perry said. "But the talent is there, it just needs time to be developed."
For New Canaan (0-10) head coach Priscilla Schulz, wins and losses don't necessarily quantify what this team has meant to her.
"This has been essentially a brand new team with so many seniors graduating," Schulz said. "But this team has been absolutely wonderful to work with. They are all such hard workers and as a coach that's all you can ask for."
The Rams will look for that elusive first win when they host Wilton next Tuesday at the Country Club of New Canaan. The match is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. tee time.