The 2014 Class LL runner-up trophy sits in a case at Fairfield Warde, most likely gathering dust. Does head coach Tom Cunningham or any of his players look at it? Hardly. It’s a disappointing reminder of what they held in their hands only to let it slip away in a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Glastonbury.

“No, there’s no (bitter taste). It was a great game,” Cunningham said before a recent scrimmage. “Glastonbury was very talented and our players went out there and played a tremendous game. And coming into this year we just want to continue to take that momentum we had last year and take the next step.”

And that’s Warde’s goal as the 2015 girls’ soccer season gets underway. Win it all.

Warde finished with its best record in program history (17-4-3), tied for the FCIAC title with Staples and defeated Conard, New Milford, St. Joseph - the defending Class LL champs - and Ridgefield before falling 2-1 in the CIAC title game to the Tomahakws.

”Every year (winning the CIAC) is the ultimate goal,” Cunningham said. “We’ve been fortunate to get to the championship game twice since I’ve been here (nine years) and it’s exciting. It’s the ultimate prize. We have to use last season as a motivator to get back there again.”

Cunningham’s nucleus is deep and talented. First-team All-State and All-FCIAC selection Mollie Kerrigan returns in goal, along with All-State and All-FCIAC first-teamers junior midfielder Anna Glovin - who played the entire CIAC tournament last season with a dislocated shoulder - and senior defender Jennifer Maldonado.

“Mollie is a difference maker,” Cunningham said. “Not just the stops she’s able to make but the confidence it gives the other 10 players ahead of her.”

And that’s not all, second-team All-FCIAC player sophomore Lauren Tangney and All-FCIAC honorable mention selections seniors Hannah Allen, Claire Pullen and Taylor Gabrenas, all return, as do juniors Alexa Montani and Courtney Sheets and seniors Julia Andrews, Amelia Andres, Amanda Orvis, Emily Simonds and Carolyn Tangley.


The Falcons (7-7-2) return nine starters from last season, led by senior goalkeeper Caroline Serniak, an All-FCIAC honorable mention selection last season. Another honorable mention pick, Tatum Lareau, also return for Dawson at center back.

Forwards Morgan Quinn, Kaela Martin and Kalee Brannen are back as are midfielders Babe Dailey, Regan Steed and Emily DeMaso. Samantha Lawrence will help anchor the defense. All are seniors. Serniak, Lareau, Quinn and Martin will be captains.

Other top returning players for Ludlowe include: junior midfielders Mary Grace McCaskey and Morgan Moltzau, junior defender Caitlin Schramm and sophomore forward Mia Hibberd.

“We are looking to be a top contender in the FCIAC this season,” Dawson wrote.


The Lancers, after making the CIAC tournament for the first time, are looking to do it again. Last season they reached the Class S semifinals and posted a 15-6-1 record, the first winning season in program history.

Head coach Wayne Mones lost just four seniors and returns perhaps the state’s best goal scorer in junior Samantha LaValle, a first-team All-SWC pick, who netted 10 goals in the CIAC tournament. A second first-team All-SWC selection, senior Bryanna D’Arcangelo, also returns.

“We have the potential to be able to do the same kinds of things that we did last year,” Mones said at a recent scrimmage. “Our goals are still the same, our goals are still to see if we can win the state championship and get into the SWC tournament.”

Seniors Sierra Chavez (All-SWC Patriot Division), Natalie Londono, Nevalon Vereen and Rania Ceryak are back, as are Erika Quinones (All-SWC Patriot Division), Delaney O’Keefe, Ajiana Mackey, Brianna Kydes (All-SWC Patriot Division), Megan Jankovsky and Megan Peterlin.

Returning sophomores include: Jillian Howe, Katie Ciufo, Sierra O’Keefe, Alex Lucke, Olivia Henrietta, Lindsay Salvati, Jalyssa Howell and Samantha Camacho.

One huge change this season will be playing on field turf as opposed to grass. The Lancers soccer field is being renovated for use by both Notre Dame-Fairfield and Sacred Heart University, so the Lancers will play their home games on the turf field by the North End Library.; Twitter@elsctpost