The Fairfield Warde girls golf team has continued to improve every year.

None more than in 2011.

The Mustangs went 15-1, winning their first 15 matches of the year. Warde finished in third place at the FCIAC championship and finished in 10th place at the state open on June 7.

Warde's undefeated season came within one stroke from being realized, however the Mustangs lost their lone regular season contest to Greenwich in Greenwich by just a single stroke in their last match of the year.

"We had a great year," Warde coach Brian Crocker said.

Despite the disappointment of that single match, Crocker pointed to some of the firsts the team had, like beating Darien in Darien or New Canaan at its home course as well.

"To beat New Canaan in New Canaan or Darien at Wee Burn or Trumbull at Tashua Knolls is amazing," Crocker said. "We were thrilled at that."

The Mustangs have lifted their program in four short years from barely being able to field a team, to one of the top programs in the state. Crocker's bunch has qualified for FCIACs and states three straight years, finishing seventh in the state in 2009, 13th in 2010 and then No. 10 this year.

"It's good for Fairfield Warde to be known around the state," he said. "We can build off of that."

Crocker has high hopes that the Mustangs' program will continue to grow too, despite the loss of their captain Hayley Coppola, who is graduating. Coppola competed in every Warde girls golf match in her four years, and had almost all of her scores counted in those years.

"She was a steady and consistent player," Crocker said of Coppola. "Her score counted in just about every match, even as a freshman."

Warde's program has been lifted by Crocker's belief that every stroke matters. Obviously the match with Greenwich proved that, but the Mustangs only beat Trumbull by three strokes and Staples by four.

"When you add up those four scores at the end, it's amazing how close the match can be," Crocker said. "Even though it's an individual sport, there's a team element to it."

Despite Coppola's departure, Warde will have Tori Radovic and Amanda Gallucci back in 2012. That duo led the Mustangs to their third place result at FCIAC with a 91 and 98 respectively.

Radovic and Gallucci, along with Laura Milozzi and Bailey Cooke will return and Crocker is excited to see what kind of incoming freshmen his squad will gain.

"We have four returning starters," Crocker said. "I'm interested to see what we have coming up from the middle schools."

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