Boys lacrosse: Ludlowe withstands Weston comeback, wins in OT
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Ludlowe drew up a game-winner Monday night at Taft Field. It didn’t go as planned, but coach Chris Parisi didn’t mind a couple of his top offensive players ad-libbing in overtime.
Aidan Wykoff’s sixth goal, 2:16 into overtime, gave the Falcons a 12-11 win over Weston. Wykoff said the Falcons ran three plays wrong before Quinn Thompson beat his man behind the net to set up Wykoff on the right side.
“It’s unbelievable what (Thompson) can do from ‘X,’ ” behind the net, Wykoff said.
Falcons goalie Carter Leibrock had made three point-blank saves late in regulation to keep it tied with Weston (13-3) a man up. A second penalty gave the Trojans a brief two-man advantage that carried into overtime, but a hit forced a turnover. The Falcons (10-5) ran out the penalty, then scored 84 seconds later.
Wykoff ran toward his bench, popping the “Ludlowe” on his jersey, to cap a physical and entertaining game.
“This was a good game to get us ready for the postseason,” said Weston coach Josh Thornton, whose team’s next game is Thursday’s SWC quarterfinals.
“It was a fun game to play and coach.”
The game was tied three times in the first half before the Falcons closed it out up three, on a 4-0 run. Weston nipped away and tied it a man down in the last minute of the third quarter.
Ludlowe outshot the Trojans 7-0 in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and led 11-8 with the ball deep in Trojans territory.
“They did a nice job doubling our kid when we were trying to kill the clock,” Parisi said.
After that turnover, Weston outshot the Falcons 9-0 in the last four minutes and tied it on Ryan Werner’s goal with 1:07 left.
Last Tuesday, on the same field, the Falcons trailed St. Joseph by five in the third quarter and forced overtime on a last-ditch shot, only to fall to the Cadets in double overtime.
Ludlowe flipped that this time.
“We know how they’re feeling,” Parisi said.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Aidan Wykoff finished the night with his sixth goal.
Weston got eight goals from freshmen, two from sophomores and one from a junior. Its faceoff man was a sophomore. Two of its three starters on defense? Sophomores.
“They make some big plays, but the youth shows at times,” Thornton said. “We’re trying to get them accustomed.”
Another sophomore, James Goetz, one of the Trojans’ top players in the midfield, had to be helped off the field after suffering an injury while warming up before the game. He left for treatment, and Thornton hadn’t heard any news after the game.
The Trojans’ regular season is over, but the Falcons visit Ridgefield on Tuesday to close out FCIAC play.
“They have a lot of power at every position. Their goalie’s fantastic, unreal,” Wykoff said.
“Our man-down (defense) is as good as any man-down in the state. They were dialed in. The chips were down, going to sudden-death OT a man down. And then Aidan Wykoff from Quinn Thompson, you come to expect that.” — Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi
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FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 12, WESTON 11 (OT)
WESTON2 1 5 3 0—11
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE2 4 2 3 1—12
Records: Weston 13-3; Fairfield Ludlowe 10-5. Scoring: W—Henry Cohen 4 goals, Daniel McKiernan 3 goals, 1 assist, Jacob Strouch 1g, 1a, Ryan Werner 1g, 1a, Kyle Aronson 1g, John Grogan 1g, Julian Caplan 1a,; FL—Aidan Wykoff 6g, Quinn Thompson 2g, 2a, Alex Berg 2g, Brendan Larson 1g, Austin Russell 1g, Max Chandler 1a, Jeffrey Meyers 1a. Goalies: W—Daniel Lucas (3 saves), Jake Phillips (2); FL—Carter Leibrock (12). Shots: W—34; FL—25.