The rain drops let up just moments before Saturday morning's non-conference girls lacrosse game at Tetreau/Davis Field. But it continued pouring on the visitors from Haddam-Killingworth with an eager Mustangs' attack that was on mark from the opening whistle.
Fairfield Warde got four goals in the opening 132 seconds to kick-off a 14-1 victory that lifted its overall record to 4-1-1. It was the Mustangs' third straight win. The Cougars, who were without their two captains and a talented freshman, dropped to 2-3 overall with their second loss in a row.
Warde junior Sarah Reilly scored a pair of goals in the match's first 48 seconds and finished with a game-high five goals. Sophomore Amanda Orvis recorded the first of her two goals on the day at 1 minute and 37 seconds into the game, then Reilly made it 4-0 by converting a feed from Meredith Nerreau 35 seconds later.
Courtney Scheetz, who supplied two assists for Warde, scored back-to-back to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead before 10 minutes had been played. In that time, the 2013 Class S runner-up Cougars had one sustained possession, with Warde having held it the rest of the time.
"I didn't know what to expect," said Warde coach Tom Davis, who inserted reserve players after an 11-1 halftime lead. "We had never played them before. We knew some of their players were hurt. We played our game and jumped up on them early. We worked on our plays and our fundamentals. Everybody was playing their game and everyone did well. There was nothing as far as turnovers (by us).
"We played a good fundamental game offensively and defensively," Davis said.
Haddam-Killingworth, of the Shoreline Conference, began the season without captain Kiley Anderson, an honorable mention All-America who injured her back in the 2013 semifinals. She has yet to play. Captain Angie Cretella sprained her ankle in practice on Friday and freshman Briley Anderson, the Cougars' leading scorer, became ill Saturday morning. Briley and Kiley's older sister, Emily, is junior playing for UConn.
"We're so young this year," said coach Heather Ferrer. "It's hard when you don't have your captains on the field. You're hoping people will step up, but it's hard to adjust to huge changes when you are used to certain people."
Ferrer, whose regional school is in Haddam, just south of Middletown, praised Cougars' freshman goalie Allison Rourke, who has returned to the position following a year away from it in 2013. "She didn't totally crumble, which is good. She stepped up for us this year to play goal, and she's been doing well," Ferrer said. Rourke made five saves.
"Warde played well," Ferrer said. "Obviously, they're a deeper team being a larger school than us. They had fresher legs. We did not have a lot of the ball. We just couldn't convert today. Our passing was way off today."
Warde goalie Rebekah Snitkoff, a 10th-grader, wasn't busy. But she made rapid-fire saves on an H-K free position in the second half. Her saves did not escape the notice of Davis.
Davis said the Mustangs' performance was good preparation for next week, which will feature three games in a six-day stretch.
Fairfield Warde 14, Haddam-Killingworth 1
HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH 1 0--1
FAIRFIELD WARDE 11 3--14
Records: Haddam-Killingworth 2-3, Fairfield Warde 4-1-1. Scoring: H-K--Kali DeNisi 1 goal; FW--Sarah Reilly (5g), Courtney Scheetz (2g, 2 assists), Amanda Orvis (2g), Caroline Ihlefeld (1g), Hannah Dougherty (1g), Jenna Kuczo (1g), Clare Secrist (1g), Kelly Milicia (1g), Meredith Nerreau (1a), Grace Orben (1a). Goalies: H-K--Allison Rourke (5 saves); FW--Rebekah Snitkoff (4). Shots: H-K--7; FW--23.