Warde girls lacrosse takes big step forward

The fifth-seeded Fairfield Warde girls lacrosse team had its historic run in the 2014 Class L tournament cut short, losing 13-5 in the semifinals to the top-seeded Glastonbury Tomahawks.
“We knew they were fast on offense, we knew they were swarming on defense so I’ve got to give credit to them and give credit to our kids,” said Warde coach Tom Davis.
“Our object is to win the draws and they were winning the draws, they were going right down to the net and they were scoring so we got into a hole fast and then we just couldn’t get out of it.”
Sophomore Amanda Orvis led the Mustangs (13-5), with three goals. Junior Meredith Nerreau and sophomore Caroline Ihlefeld also scored for Warde. Courtney Scheetz added an assist on Ihlefeld’s goal.
Taylor Walker led Glastonbury (19-0), with six goals while Cami Santor added four goals and an assist. Sara DiCenso registered two assists and a goal for the Tomahawks while Lindsay Shettle had two goals and an assist and Julia Ostrowski scored as well.
“I’m proud of all the kids,” Davis said. “They didn’t give up right down to the end. Nobody expected us to be here so it was a major accomplishment for our team.”
The Tomahawks got off to a fast start, winning the opening draw and taking aim at Rebekah Snitkoff in net for the Mustangs.
Glastonbury’s first shot rang off the post, but Santor scored on a bounce shot, one minute into the game. Shettle followed with a side-arm shot that whizzed past Snitkoff to make it 2-0.
After five minutes of play, Warde got its first possession but couldn’t maintain it, as the swarming Tomahawks defense forced a turnover, which led to Santor’s second goal of the game, giving Glastonbury a 3-0 lead.
Shettle followed two minutes later with a high shot to make it 4-0. Meanwhile, Warde continued to give the ball right back to the Glastonbury in the offensive zone.
Walker scored her first with eight minutes to go in the first half, when Shettle found her sliding in front of the net for the bounce shot goal to give the Tomahawks a 5-0 lead. Walker followed with another, less than a minute later.
Walker scored her third consecutive goal when she got the pass from Santor and scored on a bounce shot to make it 7-0.
Warde responded 30 seconds later with a bounce-shot goal from Orvis, who was positioned to the right of the net for the score, making it 7-1 at the half.
“We have five seniors, they led this team and they never gave up,” Davis said. “Since the seniors never gave up, none of the other kids did either, so I give the success that we had to the seniors for really reaching deep down and playing the game that we played. They kept at it right to the end.”
Warde showed its fight in the second half, as the Mustangs won the opening face-off and attacked the Glastonbury net.
First Caroline Lambert ripped a shot, saved by Tomahawks’ goalkeeper Audrey Apanovitch, then Sarah Reilly followed and her shot was saved as well.
The Glastonbury defense did not make it easy for the Mustangs, as they blocked off all lanes to the net.
Santor scored for the Tomahawks off the save on a bounce shot to make it 8-1, before Walker scored her fourth off of the Glastonbury faceoff win.
Warde got back on the board minutes later when Orvis ripped a side-arm shot from 10 yards out to give the Mustangs their second tally of the game.
Glastonbury got the next five goals to go up 13-2 with five and a half minutes remaining. Despite being down 11 goals and their season certain to be over, the Mustangs continued fighting to the bitter end.
With three and a half minutes remaining, Scheetz found Ihlefeld in front, who went high over Apanovitch for the score to make it 13-3.
Then, with 28.2 seconds left, Orvis scored her third on a wraparound goal to make it 13-4.
Nerreau followed with just 6.6 seconds remaining, scoring on a high shot.
“Amanda (Orvis) has stepped up all season. Meredith (Nerreau), Amanda (Orvis) and Courtney (Scheetz), a freshman, they all stepped up in their way, one way or another. If one didn’t do it one game, another one did it so things look bright for the future.”

About author

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© HAN Network. All rights reserved. Fairfield Sun, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress