Ludlowe takes town crown in girls lacrosse
The old common law states that possession is nine-tenths of ownership.
Possession also helped the Fairfield Ludlowe girls lacrosse team against its arch-rival Warde.
The Falcons won 11 of 14 draw controls for the game, and dominated ball control, especially in the second half, as Ludlowe beat Warde 7-6 on Thursday night at Tetreau/Davis Field.
"Absolutely," Ludlowe coach Amy Alvord said when asked if possession was the key to her team's win. "We're trying to slow down the game."
Ludlowe goalie Charlotte O'Donnell made six saves, including a key one with 1:48 left on Warde's Alex Kelly to preserve the victory. The Falcons were also led by Kendall Stevenson who scored three goals. Sarah Nesi and Ali Gorab each scored twice.
"I was just trying to react," O'Donnell said of the save. It's always one of the biggest games of the year."
"She came up really big," Alvord said.
The Mustangs fell for the second time in three games. Warde was led by Taylor Bargmann, who scored twice before being ejected for her second yellow card of the game.
"We didn't necessarily take some good shots," Warde coach Tom Davis said. "It always hurts to lose (Bargmann)."
The Falcons took a two goal lead in the first ten minutes as goals by Stevenson and Nesi put Ludlowe ahead. The Mustangs answered with goals from Bargmann and Maggie Winstead to tie the score with 7:14 left in the first.
"I thought Warde played great," Alvord said.
But Gorab added a goal to put Ludlowe back up, and Stevenson potted a goal with 31.8 left in the first half to give the Falcons momentum going into halftime.
"You're going to the half down two rather than one," Davis said. "You always hate that."
Hannah Trischmann scored seven minutes into the second half, but Ludlowe scored the next two goals to take a 6-3 lead.
The Mustangs battled back, scoring the next two, but could not get even again. Warde never led, and never got closer than one goal behind the Falcons in the second half.
"The kids played their hearts out," Davis said. "It was a typical Warde vs. Ludlowe game."
Ludlowe's patience on offense kept Warde from drawing even, but the Falcons' defense also stymied the Mustangs, especially late in the game. Kelly was stripped by Ludlowe in the waning second of regulation, and the Falcons' defense forced Sam Scheetz's free possession shot to sail wide as time expired in the game.
"I could not ask for a better defense," O'Donnell said. "They're always there."
The Mustangs will be without Bargmann for their next game on Friday at Stamford. Warde must win one of its final three to qualify for the Class M state playoffs.
"We need one more game to qualify," Davis said. "It's Stamford's senior night, so they're going to be emotional."
Ludlowe will play again on Saturday, also against Stamford at Taft Field at 2:30 p.m. The Falcons are especially excited to claim town bragging rights as they beat Warde for the second straight year.
"I love beating Warde," O'Donnell said. "It's fun to know that we run this town."