Quartet of hat tricks leads Ludlowe

The Fairfield Ludlowe girls lacrosse team traveled to Monroe to take on the Masuk High Panthers and delivered a 19-5 verdict to improve to 3-5-1 on the season May 3.
“We’ve been playing some games where we have one really great half and then one half that hasn’t gone in our favor, so the plan today was to really have all of our girls contribute to the win and play two solid halves and that’s exactly what they did,” said Ludlowe coach Heather Lewsy. “I’m really proud of them.”
Four Ludlowe players notched three goals each; Bryce McClure, Meghan Donahue, Miranda Rosenfeld and Ellie Palazzo. Emily Demaso and Brittany Rosenfeld each had two scores. Alison Gorab, Sophie Butcher and Molly Roach scored one apiece.
Kelly O’Meara led the Panthers with two goals. Alyson DePalma, Morgan Pavlik and Laura Cuseo scored for Masuk.
Ludlowe got off to a hot start scoring four goals in the first four minutes.
Butcher got it started with a bounce shot. Brittany Rosenfeld then scored before McClure tallied back-to-back goals to give Ludlowe a 4-0 lead.
Demaso followed with a bounce shot score of her own to make it 5-0.
“We have a very unselfish attack, which is great and it starts from practice,” Lewsy said. “At practice girls are always looking for other people before themselves. I think one of the things that’s difficult for other teams is  that on any given day any player is going to score.
“We don’t have just one of two girls that are our scorers. It’s nice to know that all of our attackers can contribute.”
Masuk (1-7) got onto the board when O’Meara gathered the rebound of Erin Wooley’s shot and deposited it into the net to make it 5-1.
Ludlowe answered O’Meara’s goal with a bounce goal from Miranda Rosenfeld. Brittany Rosenfeld followed with a high shot over goal keeper Molly O’Hara to make it 7-1.
Ellie Palazzo then took over the game as she scored three straight goals. Palazzo scored the first two on bounce shots and the third on a high shot after she won the face-off and took it down the field
Palazzo’s three goals gave Ludlowe a 10-1 lead. Demaso next tacked on her second.
After allowing five straight goals, the Panthers’ DePalma forced a turnover in her own zone and took it the length of the field and scored on a bounce shot, making it 11-2.
Gorab and Miranda Rosenfeld scored two quick shots to give the Falcons a 13-2 lead at the half.
“I don’t think we’ve nearly reached the potential of what we could do,” Lewsy said. “We’ve had some close games. I’ve told my team, I believe in you. We have to believe in ourselves.
“I think once we’ve really put that full top to bottom effort in, especially against teams in our conference…I think we’ve got a lot of potential.”
In the second half, Masuk scored first when Cuseo scoring from 10 yards out to make 13-3.
Donahue answered with back-to-back goals on high shots over O’Hara to take the lead to 15-3.
McClure then added her third of the game, before Donahue added her third of the second half to extend the Falcons lead to 17-3.
The Panthers answered with goals from Pavlik on a bounce shot and O’Meara on a shot from 10 yards out.
The Falcons countered with goals from Roach and Miranda Rosenfeld to seal the win.

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