MILFORD — Back and forth, they battled through the afternoon swelter, two familiar rivals fighting for one final victory at the end of an exhausting, arduous, season-long journey.
Neither team gave in, and neither team backed down.
And when the final horn sounded at the conclusion of the Class S state girls lacrosse championship game Saturday at Jonathan Law High School, New Fairfield celebrated a triumph which was 12 years in the making.
The Rebels withstood a relentless comeback effort and held on to beat Weston 11-9, claiming their first state title since 2005.
It was the collective effort of a relatively young team which had gotten New Fairfield to the championship game, and it was a collective team effort which propelled the Rebels to glory.
“We just had the heart,” New Fairfield sophomore Katelyn Nieves said. “We’ve wanted this so bad the entire year. We just needed to step up and do what we needed to do.”
Nieves scored four goals and Dominique DeMarsico scored three to lead a multi-pronged Rebel attack, while Shania Latassa, Shannon Broderick, Daria Bock and Katelyn Sousa added one goal apiece.
Taylor Moore led Weston with five goals and two assists, while Grace Toner scored two goals and Madison Wilson and Nicole Werner each scored one.
NEW FAIRFIELD6 5 — 11
WESTON4 5 — 9
Records: New Fairfield 16-6; Weston 18-5. Scoring: NF—Katelyn Nieves 4g; Dominique DeMarsico 3g; Shania Latassa 1g; Shannon Broderick 1g; Daria Bock 1g; Katelyn Souza 1g; Keri Ford 1a; Briana Vasquez 1a. W—Taylor Moore 5g, 2a; Grace Toner 2g, 1a; Madison Wilson 1g; Nicole Werner 1g. Goalies: NF—Rachel Mikolay (11 saves); W—Olivia Ferdinand (9 saves).