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Staples Falls Short in Division II Final

Staples' girls lacrosse team built a quick 5-1 lead in Saturday's Division II girls lacrosse game against Fairfield Ludlowe. Unfortunately for the Wreckers, there was still a lot of game to go.

The Falcons stormed back for a 15-9 victory over the Wreckers for their first girls lacrosse state championship. The eighth-seeded Falcons finish 17-5. The 10th-seeded Wreckers finish 15-6.

"I'm extremely proud of them,'' Staples coach Cathy Schager said. "It would have been icing on the cake to have won today but I'm very proud of these girls."

Staples took a 5-1 lead with 11:30 left in the first half on a goal by Jessica Ambrose. Ludlowe rallied to tie the game at 5-5 by halftime, and took control in the second half. Alexandra Crofts had three goals for the Wreckers, while Blair Barone distributed four assists.

Ludlowe turned the momentum in the second half with goalie Charlotte O'Donnell, who made six saves. The Wreckers had some opportunities, but O'Donnell seemed to be in the right place at the right time. "I think frustration had something to do with it,'' Schager said."Some of the choices we made weren't the best choices, but we gave it our best."

Staples trailed 8-7 with 16:10 left in the game after a goal by Maeve Flaherty, but Ludlowe scored the next three goals to take control. Sarah Nesi scored five goals to lead Ludlowe, while Tierney Larson had two goals and four assists. Elizabeth Driscoll scored twice for Staples, while Remy Nolan and Nicole Seo also scored.

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