Warde bounces back in big way

The Fairfield Warde girls lacrosse team and its head coach Tom Davis know all too well about the ups and downs of the game.
One day after being defeated by Darien, 22-5, in the opening round of the FCIAC playoffs, the Mustangs put themselves on a rebound course.
Three players scored three goals or more and six players put themselves in the scoring column, as Warde defeated Masuk High of the South-West Conference, 15-5, in the regular-season game for both teams in Monroe on Friday.
Warde jumped out to an 11-2 halftime lead, taking 22 shots in the opening 25 minutes before running a ball-control offense throughout the second half, in which the Mustangs had 15 shots but scored only four goals.
“We’ve been on both ends of this (one-sided games),” Davis said. “We’ve already qualified for the state tournament, so the second half was a good time to work on our fundamentals and play some solid defense. We never want to rub it in.”
The Mustangs were led in scoring by sophomore midfielder Meredith Nerreau, who had four goals, while senior and Villanova-bound Katie Tangney and classmate Caroline Magee added three goals each.
Amanda Orvis and Sarah Reilly had a pair of goals. Magee and Dougherty had three assists each. Tangney picked up two.
“Katie Tangney has led us all season long,” Davis said. “She’s scored well over 60 goals.”
Warde will take an 8-8 record into the states and overall the Mustangs are 9-8. They were 6-9 against FCIAC teams.
“In our conference, you either win big or you lose big,” said Tangney, who, in addition to lacrosse, played soccer and ran indoor track at Warde.
“I never really concentrate on my goal total because it will only psych me out.
“Instead I concentrate on accuracy and focusing on the game. Those are the keys.
“We’ve had a good season because there’s good chemistry among us. All of us are capable of scoring goals.”
That’s another aspect that Davis is happy about.
“Even though Katie is our best offensive player, we pride ourselves in being able to distribute the ball well,” he said. “We also have only five seniors on our team. That makes for a bright future.”

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