Depth a strength

Depth has been a key for the Falcons girls lacrosse team thus far. Ludlowe has averaged 12.8 goals per game thus far in six games.

Tierney Larson has led the Falcons thus far, especially lately. The senior captain has scored 11 goals in the Falcons last four games.

"She's phenomenal," head coach Amy Alvord said. "She's also a great assister and a great leader. She's a wonderful

person to have on the field."

Kendall Stephenson and Sarah Nesi have picked up the goal scoring touch as well, and Hayley Welke and Mary Deliberti picked up the slack in the win over St. Joseph on Saturday.

"We have a lot of

goal scorers," Alvord

said.

A strong unit

Larson, a senior captain, has been ecstatic to the start of the season.

"I love it," she said. "The girls are young but they have a lot of potential."

The Falcons are 5-1 and are off to the best six game start in Ludlowe's school history. The Falcons were 4-2 after six games in 2009 and started the year 2-4 in 2008.

The cohesion of the team has been good though so far, and the team is taking to Alvord, the team's first year coach and the Falcons' coaching staff. "We're getting a lot of feedback," she said. "It's good development for all of us."

Tests coming

Alvord believes that, despite the team's 5-1 record, her team has not been tested yet.

"I don't think we've had the competition in terms of where I think we can be," Alvord said.

Ludlowe dished out Danbury High School's first loss of the season, and has beaten Norwalk, McMahon and Ridgefield so far.

"It's been really fun," Alvord said.

The Falcons' schedule will get more difficult quickly as Ludlowe will play Staples twice, 3-2 Trumbull and the four-time defending Division I girls lacrosse champion, Darien, in its next four games.

"I think our hardest games are next week," Alvord said. "We're looking forward to being challenged next week."

Alvord also hopes that the Falcons recent successes are a precursor to success in the difficult games.

"I think they're not used to being a good team," she said.

-- Pat Pickens