Fairfield Warde girls lacrosse stumbles to Trumbull
For the Fairfield Warde girls lacrosse team, the 2010 season has hit a crossroads.
The Mustangs lost their fourth game in five tries, tying their lowest goal output of the season, in a frustrating 8-6 loss to Trumbull on Wednesday afternoon at Tetreau-Davis Field in Fairfield.
"Today was just an awful day for us," Warde Head Coach Tom Davis said. "We didn't play close to where we are capable of."
Warde was led by Alex Kelly who tallied twice and Taylor Bargmann who notched a goal and three assists as Warde fell to 4-6. Hannah Silver made 10 saves in goal for Warde.
The Mustangs got off to a solid start, taking the lead from the outset on Bargmann's goal just 3:29 into the game.
That was Warde's only lead of the game though, as Trumbull answered back with a pair of goals that put the Eagles ahead 2-1. The Mustangs answered with a goal from Casey Robinson that tied the game at 2.
"We've got to jump on teams early and get ahead of them," Davis said. "We weren't playing good defense in the midfield."
After Trumbull took the lead, 3-2, Maggie Winstead tallied to tie the game again. Trumbull scored the next two goals to take a 5-3 lead. Kelly's first goal cut the lead to 5-4 right before halftime.
"I've got to give Trumbull credit," Davis said. "They didn't back down, they didn't give up."
The Mustangs had opportunities to tie the game right before half time, but Trumbull goalie Jen Pantazis robbed Kelly and it was 5-4 at half.
"If we went in to the half at 5-5 it would've boosted our confidence a bit," Davis said. "It's a new ballgame."
However, Kelly did tie the game 2:01 into the second half. Trumbull took the lead back, but Caroline Magee tied the score one more time with just 9:54 in the game.
But, Trumbull tallied twice in the final 5:35 to clinch the victory. Pantazis and the Trumbull defense, thwarted any chance of a Warde comeback.
"We just didn't finish today," Davis said. "They were putting pressure on us and we weren't reacting."
Davis was less than complimentary of his team's play, the Mustangs need to win four of their final six games to reach the state playoffs. The Mustangs will play again on Monday against Stamford at 4 p.m.
"We just didn't execute today," Davis said.