Fairfield Ludlowe girls lacrosse ousted from FCIAC playoffs by Wilton
Entering its game with Wilton in the FCIAC playdowns on Friday, the Fairfield Ludlowe girls lacrosse team was looking to prove it was better than the 14-4 loss that it suffered on May 13.
"I think they were inspired to show [Wilton] that they're a lot better than what we showed," Ludlowe Head Coach Amy Alvord said.
The fifth-seeded Falcons improved on its performance, but still lost to the No. 4 seeded Warriors, 14-9 on Friday afternoon at the Kristine Lilly Field in Wilton.
"We're really happy with the way they played," Alvord said. "
For four minutes it appeared that the Falcons would do more than compete as Ludlowe tallied the first two goals of the game. Tierney Larson notched the first of her three goals and Hayley Welke scored shortly there after to put the Falcons ahead 2-0.
"We came into the game knowing that anything is possible," Alvord said. "It was pretty exciting."
Wilton scored the next three goals to take a 3-2, but Christy Barre tallied with 12:57 left to tie the game at 3.
Wilton answered, scoring the next three goals before Larson notched her second of the game with 1:09 remaining. But Rachel Lowery scored with just 5.8 seconds left in the half to put the Warriors up 7-4 at halftime.
The Falcons tallied a goal just 38 seconds into the second half to cut the Wilton advantage to 7-5, but the Warriors scored the next four goals to increase the advantage to 11-5 and put the game out of reach.
"Those kind of a lulls are more likely to come from an inexperienced team like us," Alvord said. "That kind of immediate gap hurt."
Ludlowe never stopped fighting though, as the Falcons tallied a pair of goals just 14 seconds apart to cut the Warriors' advantage to 11-7. Welke and Larson both scored in the final eight minutes and Charlotte O'Donnell kept Ludlowe in the game, but could not hold off the potent Wilton offense.
Alvord was happy, despite the loss, in her team's improvement and fight. Ludlowe will play again next week in the Division II state playoffs. The Falcons' opponent will be released on Friday.
"We're really happy that they're playing at a higher level more often," Alvord said. "Our goal is to compete 100 percent in every game because that's all we've got."