Glastonbury eliminates Ludlowe girls lacrosse
Even with a four goal lead and six minutes left to play yesterday, Glastonbury head coach Kris Cofiell did not feel like her girls lacrosse team could start thinking about a trip to the state championship game.
Cofiell had vivid thoughts of what their opponent, Ludlowe, did just two days earlier in its come-from-behind victory over Newtown.
So Glastonbury slowed the pace of the game and played a ball control offense and held on for an 8-4 CIAC Class L semifinal victory over Ludlowe at Bunnell High School.
"We had that recognition that if we get it down to two minutes and we've got a four-goal lead, it's not over," said Cofiell, whose team will play for its first state championship after three straight losses in CIAC semifinal games. "We had to respect that and take our time. The more time that comes off the clock, the better for us."
Morgan Walker led Glastonbury's offense with three goals, and teammate Taylor Morreau had a pair of goals and two assists.
Nesi was held to a pair of goals and Stevenson, who scored six goals in the Falcons' 14-13 overtime quarterfinals win Monday, was held to one. KC McAuliffe scored the other Ludlowe goal.
Cofiell said the plan was to have senior Lauren Bronson faceguard Nesi, and have the rest of the defense account for Stevenson.
"A lot of their firepower came through those two hands," Cofiell said. "They're both extremely talented players and they have great skills."
It was the first CIAC playoff loss for second-year Ludlowe head coach Amy Alvord, who led the Falcons to the Division II title last season.
"We were not on our toes today," said Alvord, who is now 7-1 in CIAC playoff games. "I think we spent it all on Monday and unfortunately didn't have any more in us. It's hard to process right now."
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Though Ludlowe got off to a sluggish start on an artificial turf field that reached a gametime high of 110 degrees, Alvord said she felt her team improved as the game progressed.
Once her team was able to generate some offense though, Glastonbury goaltender Marina Molnar (7 saves) heated up.
"Our shots were off today," Alvord said. "But we had four shots in the last 10 minutes that could have gone in, should have gone in and didn't, and they could have been game-changers."
Ludlowe goalie Jill Moffett, who is just one of four seniors on the Falcons' roster, had six saves.