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Saturday, March 24 Sports

New Canaan girls lacrosse beats Ludlowe for fourth straight

By Dave Crandall

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The Rams are on a tear. In its past four outings, the New Canaan girls lacrosse team has bested opponents by a combined score of 73-19. And if Thursday's game at Fairfield Ludlowe was any indication of things to come, they're show no signs of slowing down. New Canaan clipped the Falcons 17-8 and improved to 4-2 overall.

The Rams know they cannot rest on their laurels with three tough games on the doorstep, starting on Saturday against Mount Sinai (N.Y.), which is ranked no. 5 in the country. Staples (3-1) and Darien (4-0) round out the next stretch of games.

"Everyone is a threat," said New Canaan co-captain Isabelle Taben."We have to go into every game focused and ready. Today we followed through with our plan."

Annie Cuoco took 10 draws for the Rams in the first half, which gave them a decisive edge in time of possession.

Less than two minutes into the game, New Canaan co-captain Elisabeth Miller scored her first of three goals on the day by leading one of the many Ram offensive charges. Catherine Granito, who had the team's other hat trick, scored a minute later, and the New Canaan goals just kept coming. The Rams eventually took a commanding 12-1 lead into the half.

Katie DeMarino, Samantha Stewart, and Kylie Murphy all scored twice for New Canaan, while Cuoco, Taben, Abby Geanakos, Emily DeTour, and Erica Smith each added one.

After intermission, Fairfield Ludlowe (1-3-1, 1-4-1) came to life and outsocred the Rams 7-5. The Falcons' Miranda Rosenfeld found the back of the net just 90 seconds into the second frame, for her first of two in the game. Two other Ludlowe players also notched a pair of goals, Ali Gorab and Bryce McClure.

By game's end, New Canaan had outshot Ludlowe 20-14 and owned a 14-6 edge in draw controls.

"New Canaan is an intense team, and they did a nice job today," said Ludlowe's head coach Heather Lewsey. "It was a different game for us in the second half. We're still looking for that complete game to propel us into the rest of the season on a positive note."

Rams coach Kristin Woods was pleased with her team's performance, one that now positively carries them into a key stretch.

"Ludlowe's offense was very strong, and I was happy with the way the girls really stepped up. We have a big few games ahead, so we're getting fired up."