FAIRFIELD - They started with a rush and never looked back.

While the Warde and Ludlowe boys’ lacrosse teams have been battling for the Sticks for Soldiers Cup for the past three seasons, the Mustangs and Falcons girls’ teams continue to play only for bragging rights. And after a 10-1 victory over Ludlowe last Friday night at Tetreau-Davis Field, Warde was the talk of the town.

“The defense did a fantastic job, they really collapsed into the crease the whole time,” Warde coach Tom Davis said. “Our goalie (Abigail King) is a freshman, she came up big too. It seems like she got a piece of the ball every time. The defense has to protect the goalie and that’s what they did tonight.”

The Mustangs netted the opening 10 goals and then fought to preserve the shutout for King but Ludlowe’s Meghan Donahue - who scored eight goals against Bunnell and five against Greenwich - finally beat the Mustangs goalie with 2:11 to play.

“My girls are fighters and one thing I do love is that they play until the end, so hopefully, we can use that going forward,” Ludlowe coach Heather Lewsey said.

Warde’s Courtney Scheetz scored the first two Mustangs goals in the opening five minutes and then Olivia Seymour netted two more and Sarah Adams had one as Warde took a 5-0 halftime lead. Scheetz added three more goals in the second half, and Libby McKenna and Adams added goals as the Mustangs opened a commanding 10-goal lead.

“Today, Courtney, she was the one … she put everything on her back today and she produced,” Davis said. “That was one of her best showings but she’s been great every game and everyone else, everybody did something well today.”

Meanwhile, Lewsey is working to transition several new faces into the lineup with seven freshmen and four sophomores on the Falcons’ roster.

“We have a lot of new players, we don’t even have half of our team returning, so I know it’s going to take some time for the youth to build,” Lewsey said. “I certainly thought it would be closer than it was but we have a lot to learn.”

Ludlowe had talked about Warde’s swarming defense and how to attack it, but this time, the work in practice did not carry over to the game.

“Warde has a great defense and we knew that would happen, so we talked about a lot of things but we didn’t execute much of what we talked about,” Lewsey said. “Unfortunately, we were turning the ball over, we weren’t hitting our shots and Warde capitalized on almost every mistake that we made.”

And that’s what good teams do. Especially a team that reached the Class L championship last spring and has nine players back from that runner-up squad.

“We’re shooting to qualify for the FCIAC’s, we’re shooting to qualify for the states and whatever happens, happens,” Davis said. “That what we’re after, the championship again.”

celsberry@ctpost.com

(30)