Ludlowe shows it still has upper hand on Warde
Judging by their records and proximity in the FCIAC standings, the Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde boys lacrosse teams have never been closer.
Yet, Mac Eder and the Falcons were determined Tuesday to show just how far apart the programs still are.
Eder scored two goals, including one just eight seconds into Ludlowe's 10-2 win over Warde at Tetreau/Davis Field.
"We were all pretty pumped coming into the game," Eder said. "We just kept the intensity up the whole time."
"Our kids' intensity went to another level tonight," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. "We got every ground ball. Every time they came up with a ground ball, we suffocated them."
The Falcons followed up their win over Warde with a victory over Brookfield Wednesday. Ludlowe will trek to top-seeded Ridgefield on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
"We struggled at times getting the ball moving," Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. "Give these guys a lot of credit, they were well-prepared." Ludlowe improved to 7-0 all-time against Warde as the Falcons effectively eliminated their crosstown rival from FCIAC tournament contention.
Ludlowe junior goalie John Carey stopped 11 shots, helping to limit Warde to its lowest scoring output of 2013.
"John has some quick hands and made some key saves," Parisi said. "John did a great job."
Eder set the tone early. The senior won the opening faceoff, took the ball directly to goal and beat Mustangs goalie Jason Nerreau just eight seconds in.
"To score right off the face ... it gets the other team on their heels," Parisi said.
"It was good, that was my plan." Eder said.
Eder and junior Ryan Vitale combined to win 14 of the game's 16 faceoffs.
"Both of them did a really great job up there," Parisi said. "Ryan's come on strong as of late, and Mac got us going."
After Ludlowe carried a 3-1 halftime lead, the Falcons took over in the third, outscoring Warde 4-0. Eder netted his second just 1:17 into the frame, and Palmer assisted Kreitler's goal less than a minute later, then scored the Falcons' final two third-quarter goals.
"We stood in there in the first half," Cunningham said. "It was that third quarter that kind of took us away."
The Falcons netted three more fourth-quarter goals, as Kreitler scored his second. Palmer assisted on Mason's man-up goal that made it 9-2 with 3:28 left.
"We played with a higher tempo tonight," Parisi said.
Warde played its best quarter in the second, maintaining possession and outshooting the Falcons 8-5. But the Mustangs only could generate Adams' goal, 38.9 seconds before halftime, that cut Ludlowe's lead to 3-1.
"We had a very good second quarter," Cunningham said. "We had some opportunities. We didn't hit the cage on some opportunities, but the second quarter was where we got the opportunities we wanted."
LUDLOWE 3 0 4 3--10
WARDE 0 1 0 1-- 2
Records: FL 9-6, 6-5 FCIAC; FW 8-7, 5-6
Scorers: FL-- Jack Palmer (2g, 3a), Henry Kreitler (2g), Mac Eder (2g), Riley Larson (1g), Ben Hawthorne (1g), Ben Tanguay (1g), Kyle Mason (1g), Graham Browne (1a), Ryan Desmond (1a), Matt Macoy (1a),; FW--Charlie Edison (1g), Mike Adams (1g), Matt Petroccio (1a); Goalies: FL-- John Carey (11 saves); FW-- Jason Nerreau (8 saves), Matt Coppola (0 saves); Shots: FL 22, FW 20.