Defending FCIAC champion Wilton rallies to beat Ludlowe in girls lacrosse
Updated 3:07 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2012
On the verge of blowing a four-goal lead and watching her team's dream of repeating as FCIAC champion go up in smoke, Wilton girls lacrosse coach Meredith Adamicki asked her team a question.
"Is this the end of our season?" Adamicki inquired.
The answer? A resounding no.
Wilton scored six of the game's final seven goals as the second-seeded Warriors pulled away for a 13-7 victory over No. 7 Fairfield Ludlowe in the FCIAC tournament quarterfinals at Lilly Field.
Juniors Tegan Helms and Casey Pearsall each scored four goals adding single assists advancing the Warriors to the conference semifinals. The Warriors fell to Greenwich, 11-10.
"We played our hearts out," Ludlowe coach Katy Delagi said. "We left everything on the field."
Trailing 7-3 early in the second half, the Falcons came to life. Sophomore Bryce McClure controlled the first three second-half draws, allowing Ludlowe to score three times in just 3:13.
"I told them they had to play with their hearts and that's what they did," Delagi said. "They showed their intensity."
Nesi's bounce-shot goal off a sneaky feed from Stevenson came after Adamicki's timeout, cutting Wilton's lead to just 7-6.
"They're talented," Adamicki said of Ludlowe. "They're smart and they don't make too many mistakes in the attack end with the ball."
However, Pearsall then took over on draws, controlling five straight, which led to five consecutive Warriors goals. Helms scored her third at 14:46 to put Wilton back up by two.
"I challenged them to win every draw control," Adamicki said. "And they went out and did it and that was the difference."
Following another sterling individual effort by Pearsall that put the Warriors back ahead by three, Helms set up sophomore Shannon Quinlan for Wilton's third goal in a two-minute span.
"We needed to dig a little deeper," Pearsall said. "At the end of the game, we came together."
"They decided they really wanted it more," Adamicki said.
Stevenson scored two of the Falcons' three, first-half goals, including one from Lizzie Pratt that got the Falcons to within 5-3.
Pearsall scored late in the first and Warriors goalie Vanessa Pagano (11 saves) made two key stops in the half's final 10 seconds, keeping Wilton up 6-3 at halftime.
Ludlowe will now turn its attention to the state tournament. The Falcons will likely have a road game when the states begin on May 31.
"We have to keep our heads up high," Delagi said. "We played really well today and we have to keep that positive attitude."
Wilton 13, Ludlowe 7
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 3 4-- 7
WILTON 6 7--13
Records: Ludlowe 9-7, Wilton 14-3
Scoring: FL-- Kendall Stevenson (3g, 1a), Sarah Nesi (2g), Lizzie Pratt (1g, 1a), Ali Gorab (1g); WHS-- Casey Pearsall (4g, 1a), Tegan Helms (4g, 1a), Megan Boepple (2g), Shannon Quinlan (1g, 1a), Katherine Vincent (1g, 1a), Makenna Pearsall (1g); Goalies: L -- Charlotte O'Donnell (9 saves); W -- Vanessa Pagano (11 saves); Shots: L 21, W 25.