• Lacrosse

  • Girls varsity lacrosse


  • Team Updates


  • Centaurs fall in quarterfinal

    One of the strengths of the Woodstock Academy team this season has been its ability to win the draw.

    That didn’t happen on Thursday against No. 13 Guilford.

    “One of the differences was the possession. We needed to win the draw and they won the majority of the draws and had the ball the majority of the first half,” said  coach Kathleen Johnson.

    That dominance led the Indians to a 14-7 win over the fifth-seeded Centaurs in a Class M girls lacrosse state tournament quarterfinal match at the Bentley Athletic Complex.

    The Centaurs (14-5) got out to the early lead thanks to the play of junior Arielle Johnson.

    Johnson scored two goals and assisted on a third to give the Centaurs the early, 3-2, advantage.

    “We started off strong,” Arielle Johnson said. “We really were happy from our last performance (a 10-6 win over Mercy in a first-round match) so we had some momentum coming in, but they are a great team.”

    But the Indians rallied.

    Kathleen Johnson said the inability to get the draw did not allow the Centaurs to build any offense and it also meant the defense was severely tested.

    Junior Nicollette Spotlow did most of the damage as she found the net often and finished with five goals while Olivia Clarke added four.

    Madison Brennan led the Centaurs with four goals while Emma Redfield had two assists.

    The loss ended what had been a historic season for the Centaurs program as it qualified for the state tournament for only a second time in program history; finished in a tie for the Eastern Connecticut Conference regular season title; made its first ECC tournament appearance and won its first state tournament match.

    “It’s disappointing,” Arielle Johnson said of the loss. “But I think we did better than we thought we would do this season.”

    Centaurs win first-ever state tournament match

    The beat goes on for The Academy girls lacrosse program.

    More history was made on Tuesday as the Centaurs , the fifth seed in Class M, downed No. 12 Mercy, 10-6.

    It was the first victory in a state tournament match for the Centaurs.

    "We made it to the (Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament) for a first time. This is our second time in the states and first time we've won. I didn't want my season to end so this is the best day of my life," senior Madison Brennan said.

    Brennan had a lot to do with the outcome.

    The Centaurs were up, 6-3, toward the end of the first half when keeper Kileigh Gagnon was whistled for a penalty.

    She had to leave the net and give up shooting space to Mercy with an open net in front.

    Some how, the shot went wide.

    The loose ball was picked up by the Centaurs and quickly passed to Brennan who raced down the field. With 23 seconds left, she scored the back-breaking goal to give The Academy a 7-3 halftime lead.

    "Absolutely huge, changed the game's momentum, it was just awesome," said coach Kathleen Johnson. "We were pumped at halftime. We had the momentum. We had intensity. The girls were feeling good about themselves."

    Mercy tried to take some of that momentum away when they scored just 1 minute, 23 seconds into the second half but Regan Kasacek and Brennan (4 goals) quickly countered with goals to take the hope away from the visitors.

    Emma Ciquera and Ivy Gelhaus added two goals each in the win for the Centaurs (14-4).

    "It's the girls. We had practice (Monday) on a day off, working hard, and they don't want to stop. It's within them. We have girls who want to fight hard - Maddie did not want it to be her last game and she has really come on strong as a leader on and off the field - ww want to play, we want to win which maybe wasn't the same as in the past," Johnson said.

    The Centaurs move on to play No. 13 Guilford in a Class M state quarterfinal game at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bentley Athletic Complex.

    Centaurs fall in semis

    It was the first trip to the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament for the Centaurs and, unfortunately, it came to an end in the semifinals.

    The second-seeded Centaurs fell to No. 3 Stonington, 9-7, on the Bears turf Tuesday.

    The Centaurs held a 3-2 lead at the half, but saw it slip away in the second half.

    Freshman Bridget Horst led the way for The Academy with three goals while Arielle Johnson,  Madison Brennan,  Ellie Jellison and Emma Ciquera added one goal each and Ivy Gelhaus had an assist.

    Brennan was honored as an ECC Division II first team All-Star while Horst and Ciquera received honorable mention honors. Katie Mason recieved the sportsmanship award for the Centaurs.




























  • Coach



Centaurs Opponent Time/Score
The Academy vs. Northwest Catholic Tuesday, April 3 FINAL - 16-5 (W)
The Academy vs. Norwich Free Academy Tuesday, April 17 FINAL: 11-5 (W)
The Academy at RHAM High School Saturday, April 21 FINAL: 8-3 (W)
The Academy vs. Ledyard Tuesday, April 24 FINAL: 13-7 (W)
The Academy vs. Valley Regional Saturday, April 28 FINAL: 17-11 (L)
The Academy at Griswold Monday, April 30 FINAL: 13-6 (W)
The Academy vs. Waterford Thursday, May 3 FINAL: 12-8 (W)
The Academy at Northwest Catholic Friday, May 4 FINAL: 13-7 (W)
The Academy vs. Griswold Saturday, May 5 FINAL: 14-4 (W)
The Academy at Stonington Tuesday, May 8 FINAL: 10-5 (W)
The Academy at Bacon Academy Thursday, May 10 FINAL: 10-9 (L)
The Academy vs. St. Bernard Friday, May 11 FINAL: 14-3 (W)
The Academy vs. Shepherd Hill Regional (Mass.) Monday, May 14 FINAL: 17-6 (W)
The Academy at Montville Wednesday, May 16 FINAL: 16-7 (W)
The Academy at Wheeler Thursday, May 17 FINAL: 15-2 (W)
The Academy at Fitch Friday, May 18 FINAL: 16-6 (L)
The Academy vs. Stonington in Eastern Connecticut Conference semifinals Tuesday, May 22 FINAL: 9-7 (L)
The Academy vs. Mercy in Class M state tournament 1st round match Tuesday, May 29 FINAL: 10-6 (W)
The Academy vs. Guilford in Class M state quarterfinal Thursday, May 31 FINAL: 14-7 (L)


Number Name Grade Position(s)
2 Ivy Gelhaus 11 Midfielder
3 Emma Ciquera 11 Defense/Midfielder
4 Emma Redfield 11 Midfielder
8 Katie Mason 11 Defense
9 Regan Stuyniski 11 Defense
10 Bridget Horst 9 Midfielder
11 Aislin Tracey 11 Midfielder
12 Hallie Saracina 9 Attack
13 McKenna Gagnon 11 Defense
15 Madison Brennan 12 Midfielder
  • Team Stats

Player Name Goals Assists Saves
Madison Brennan 55 3 -
Arielle Johnson 36 20 -
Ivy Gelhaus 23 7 -
Hallie Saracina 6 1 -
Emma Ciquera 15 3 -
Emma Redfield 19 5 -
Bridget Horst 41 15 -
Kileigh Gagnon - - 43
Emma Green 5 2 -
Julia Schad 1 2 --
Regan Kasacek 1 2 --
Aislin Tracey 9
Rachel Canedy 3 1
Peyton Saracina 2 2
Ellie Jellison 2
Lauren Hovestadt 1
Amanda Nowak 1