WEST HARTFORD>> After getting defeated handily at home two night ago, the Fairfield-Ludlowe boys lacrosse team was not going to let it happen again.
The Falcons took their frustrations out Thursday to the tune of a 13-4 defeat over Conard at McKee Stadium.
“Ridgefield pounded us at home, so we saw the game at a totally different speed two nights ago and you make those adjustments, your kids start to see the game a little bit faster,” Fairfield-Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. “So we came with that speed tonight.”
After Jake Gerundo of Conard scored the first goal 1:40 in, Ludlowe went on a run of seven unanswered goals spanning from 8:16 in the first quarter to 4:00 in the third.
And it all started with the defense.
Ludlowe forced turnover after turnover in the Conard offensive zone and was able to get out into open space ahead of the Chieftains, leading to easy scoring opportunities.
“It’s exciting to have a defense like I have, they can all handle the ball so well,” said Parisi. “They’re really offensive players with ‘D’ poles in their hands, so they’re really savvy about moving the ball up field and getting it to the kids that are down there to attack.”
Trevor Demilt got the most out of the offensive barrage, scoring three of his game-high four goals during this period of time and helping Ludlowe to a 7-1 lead.
Tim MacDonald also added a hat trick for the Falcons.
Jack O’Connor scored twice for Conard.
In the third quarter the Chieftains made a move, winning the period 3-2 and pulling within 8-4. Coach Bill Condon felt the momentum shift.
“We’re a man up in the fourth, non-releasable, the momentum’s starting to swing, our kids are starting to get more confidence,” he said.
Then Ludlowe goalie Carter Leibrock made two big saves, sent the ball back down the field to MacDonald, who scored and stole the momentum back.
“That was the momentum killer for us,” Condon said.
The Falcons scored five goals in the fourth quarter to run away with the win, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
“The thing you always say on a scouting report on a Conard team, on a Bill Condon team is the team will never quit,” Parisi said. “They’re going to keep coming at you, it doesn’t matter how many goals you’re up, they’re going to keep coming.”
This game has become a rivalry in recent years with the two programs meeting every year since at least 2010. Despite Ludlowe winning each of those games, the programs respect each other and enjoy playing together.
“It’s a nice rivalry. We respect Chris and the program,” Condon said.
Fairfield-Ludlowe: 4 2 2 5 – 13
Conard: 1 0 3 0 – 4
(at McKee Stadium)
Goals: (FL) – Lorin Tobey (2), Jack Dailey, Trevor Demilt (4), Tim MacDonald (3), Sig Sandberg (2), Justin Horine; (C) – Jack Gerundo, Jack O’Connor (2), Andrew Hollerbach.
Assists: (FL) – Demilt (2), MacDonald, Larson (2), Doyle (2), Tobey, Horine, West; (C) – Garneau, McCormick, Richom.
Saves: (FL) – Carter Leibrock (5); (C) – Tyler Carson (14)
Records: Fairfield-Ludlowe 2-1; Conard 1-2.