FAIRFIELD -- For a half, Fairfield Warde and Norwalk High's girls lacrosse teams were pretty much even.

But in the second, the Mustangs showed why they're heating up.

Warde outscored Norwalk 12-2 in the second half, en route to an 18-7 win Tuesday at Tetreau/Davis Field in Fairfield.

"I told the girls at halftime `Let's go out and put the pressure on them,'" Warde head coach Tom Davis said. "And they did."

Hannah Trischman scored five goals for the Mustangs, Sam Scheetz added four as Warde won for the fourth time in five games. Thenya Taiyanides scored three goals as Norwalk lost for the first time in three games.

"We fell apart in the second half," Norwalk coach Al Morganthaler said. "We need to move the ball a lot better."

Warde appeared ready to dominate in the first half, scoring the first three goals of the game. Taylor Bargmann, Casey Robinson and Scheetz each tallied goals to put Warde up 3-0. But Norwalk answered, scoring the next three goals of the game over a three-minute stretch, from Toni Bocchetta, Lindsay Macri and Taiyanides to tie the score."We answered," Morganthaler said. "That was nice to see."

Warde and Norwalk exchanged goals throughout the rest of the half, and the Mustangs took a 6-5 lead into the break. But in the second half, the Mustangs exploded, led by Trischman. The senior scored four of her five goals, and managed to gain the majority of the draw controls, giving the Mustangs the possession.

"The lack of possession was killing us," Morganthaler said. "They had possession of the ball for probably 40 of the 50 minutes."

Trischman and Scheetz scored the first three goals of the half to put the Mustangs ahead 9-5.

Megan Carney made 13 saves for the Bears, to keep Norwalk in the game, especially in the second half. "(Carney) played excellent," Morganthaler said. "But eventually one-on-ones are going to kill you."

Norwalk got to as close as 10-7, but then Warde scored the final eight goals to take home the victory.

"We were in the defensive zone the whole second half," Morganthaler said.