GREENWICH -- Sydney Cole and Paige Mautner were a combination Fairfield Ludlowe couldn't solve Tuesday.

The Greenwich High School duo scored two goals apiece, making Senior Day extra special for the Cardinals field hockey team.

With the FCIAC Tournament just around the corner, Greenwich continued its sharp play, posting a 4-1 victory over visiting Fairfield Ludlowe. Mautner, a freshman, came up big on Senior Day, tallying the game's first two goals. After Ludlowe closed to within 2-1, Cole scored the Cards' next two.

"It was a terrific team win," said Cole a tri-captain. "All of the seniors started and did a great job. Once they got a goal we realized we needed to step up and play our type of game."

The win upped Greenwich's record to 12-2 overall and 10-2 in the FCIAC entering Wednesday's regular season finale against host Danbury. The Cardinals are battling New Canaan for the third seed in the FCIAC.

"We may possibly get the No. 3 or 4 seed for the playoffs and we should get a home game in the first round," GHS coach Ally Orrico said. "But we can't lose sight of the fact that we have a big game against Danbury, which is a tough team. We have to remain focused, play a good, clean game and go into the playoffs feeling good."

After a Senior Day ceremony, the Cardinals went out and played inspired field hockey, quickly moving the ball upfield and capitalizing on several opportunities. Shortly after its third penalty corner of the opening half Greenwich tallied, as the opportunistic Mautner knocked in a shot from five yards off a scramble situation, giving the Cards a 1-0 edge with 13:45 left.

Passing the ball around the circle, the Cardinals struck again 1:02 later, courtesy of Mautner, who received a cross ball from Cole and put a shot past Ludlowe goalie Riley Thompson, making it a 2-0 game.

"We got two goals from a freshman on Senior Day, which really shows the depth our team has," said GHS senior tri-captain Lizzy Trotta, who helped lead the team's defensive effort. "We came out really strong today."

The Falcons' best scoring chance of the first half came at the 19:56 mark, but Cardinals senior goalie Freddie Bancroft (eight saves for the game) made a nice kick save off a hard drive. The visitors closed to within 2-1 when forward Bryce McClure converted a shot from the right side with 23:56 to go in the second half.

"I was very pleased with our performance," said Ludlowe coach Cathy Hamill, whose squad is 6-5-1-1 on the season. "We came across a very good team with good basic skills and movement, but we gave them a good game. We weren't flat footed and we were moving to the ball."

Thompson (13 saves) kept it a one-goal game until Greenwich gave itself some breathing room midway through the second half. Cole scored in transition, putting the Cards ahead 3-1 with 12:06 remaining, then tallied off a 2-on-1 at the 9:50 mark.

When Greenwich wasn't putting the pressure on in the circle behind the aggressive play of Cole, sophomore Erika Hvolbeck, senior Jacquie Steele and senior Ali Larkin, senior Nicole Graham, junior Anne Dunster and Trotta effectively cleared the ball out of the circle on defense.

"Today, we had a lot of girls out there contributing," said Graham, also a tri-captain. "Since it was Senior Day it was definitely a sad moment, since it's the last time we are all playing field hockey together. But it was great to come out with a win and to see Sydney score two goals was awesome."

Said Orrico: "The seniors have done a great job all season long and are leaving a nice legacy to the program."

The Cardinals, who won a share of the FCIAC championship last season, are gearing for another strong postseason run.

"We are going to continue to focus on finishing, pushing up on attack, maintaining our speed and going to goal," Trotta said.

"I've been on this team a long time," added Cole. "I want us to go all the way to the finals."; 203-625-4423.

Greenwich 4, Fairfield Ludlowe 1


GREENWICH 2 2 -- 4

Records: Greenwich 12-2; Ludlowe 6-5-1-1. Goals: FL -- Bryce McClure. G -- Paige Mautner 2, Sydney Cole 2. Assists: G -- Cole. Goalies: FL -- Riley Thompson (13 saves); G -- Freddie Bancroft (8 saves).