FAIRFIELD >> The members of the Fairfield Ludlowe girls’ lacrosse team know what they want.
After a season last spring spent adjusting to first year head coach Heather Lewsey, battling a slow start, finding some rhythm and ending with an early first-round exit in the state tournament, this year’s squad is eager to change that.
“Last year was newer, this year we’re more prepared and we know what we want, and we’re ready to go,” senior Ali Gorab said.
That’s the words of a team that finished 8-8-1 in 2013 and struggled at times to find consistency. But now a year later, the Falcons know Lewsey, who is entering her second year as head coach, the demands and are excited and eager to get going.
“Yeah, I definitely think we know her (Lewsey) expectations, this year we’re going to work hard to meet her expectations,” Gorab said. “She pushes us really hard and I think we’re working hard to be the best team we can be.”
The Falcons return 14 players but graduated five senior starters. The early season will be a good indicator of feeling each other out on the field and finding the right combination offensively and defensively.
“This is definitely a season where the cast of characters might change on any given day,” Lewsey said.
Sarah Chapdelaine and Acacia Galle will battle for the goaltender position. As of last Friday, Leswey listed Chapdelaine as the starter.
Another point of emphasis this year for Ludlowe will be getting out to a fast start. Last spring the Falcons started 0-5. They lost in overtime to Danbury and finished in a tie with Staples.
“Consistency from start to finish,” Lewsey said. “We had some games where we got ourselves down by six or seven goals and it was really tough to fight back. And I was proud of our team because many times we were able to fight back, but sometimes the clock just ate us. So it’s having that complete game from start to finish.”
Added senior Ellie Palazzo: “l I think we need to come together more as a team. It was a rough start last year, so we have to bring our best from the beginning.”
The Falcons will have a core back on the attack that has been together for a few years, according to Lewsey.
“We’ll look for big things from Ali Gorab, Bryce McClure offensively,” Lewsey said. “We have some speed in the midfield in Miranda Rosenfeld.”
Ludlowe will find out fast what works and what doesn’t on the field as they host last year’s Class L runner-up Greenwich on April 9, and then face rival Warde on April 11.
“We need to play with a sense of urgency,” Lewsey said. “Make smart decisions and really not letting the turnovers get the best of us.”