FAIRFIELD >> Heading into Saturday’s annual rivalry game against Fairfield Ludlowe, the Warde girls’ lacrosse team was looking to improve to 3-1 on the season, more so than just beating Ludlowe.
Behind a seven-goal effort from junior Amanda Orvis, Warde accomplished that as they held off a furious second-half comeback from the Falcons to win 14-10.
“They sure did,” Warde head coach Tom Davis said of Ludlowe’s comeback. “Same old thing, it’s a Warde/ Ludlowe game and you throw out all the records. Our seniors came up big. Tonight was a great night for us.”
Down 9-3, after a first half that saw Warde win a majority of the draw control and seize the momentum, Ludlowe (2-3) made sure not to go down without a fight.
Trailing 13-5 midway through the second half, the Falcons did a better job on the draw to gain possession and get an offensive flow established. With 10:34 remaining, Megan Donahue scored that started a four-goal unanswered rally as junior Regan Steed made it 13-9 with 7:48 left.
But when the big plays needed to be made, Warder stepped up. Orvis scored her seventh of the night with under five minutes remaining to put the Mustangs up 14-9.
“Her first step is one of the quickest around,” Davis said of Orvis. “She really attacks; she stepped up big.”
But it wasn’t just Orvis. Goalie Rebekah Snitkoff made a huge save down the stretch, and after a Donahue goal with 1:56 remaining, senior Kelly Milicia came up with a check to gain possession back, as the Mustangs were able to run out the remaining time on the clock.
“When it counted, they played great,” Davis said.
Added Ludlowe head coach Heather Lewsey: “We had some plays that they won the draw, came down quick and we couldn’t stop them. I think we had some momentum, we just ran out of time.”
Warde saw seven players score in the victory as Grace Orben finished with two goals, Libby Mckenna and Olivia Seymour each had one goal and one assist and Orvis added two assists. Snitkoff finished with 12 saves.
For Ludlowe, Donahue led the way with four goals, Steed added three assists and Emily Demaso finished with two goals. Freshman goalie Grace Flink had seven saves.
Ludlowe will face Ridgefield on Tuesday at home, while Warde will host Stamford.
“This is real good, we wanted to come out of this game 3-1,” Davis said. “Next week we face Stamford, New Canaan and Canton, so it’s a big week for us, too.”