WEST HAVEN – Turnabout is fair play and, for Guilford, it’s resulted in an SCC girls lacrosse championship.
On a play which began with a turnover about 40 yards from the net, junior Catherine Larrow took a long pass from senior Nicolette Spotlow and scored with 11.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give Guilford a dramatic, 11-10, win over Cheshire in the SCC title game Saturday at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven.
The play began with a Guilford shot denied, but as they scrambled to get back to defend against a Cheshire breakout, the Indians suddenly had another chance when the ball popped loose.
“Maggie (Mandel) kicked the ball to me and I scooped it and then passed it all the way down the field to Catherine,” Spotlow said. “I looked upfield, I saw her open, and I knew we were winning it right there and then.”
With that, second-seeded Guilford (16-2) could finally celebrate an SCC championship after being denied in four previous trips to the final. It’s the first outright league title for the Indians, who were declared co-champs alongside Branford back in 2002.
“The girls have been preparing really since we lost in the semifinals last season,” Guilford coach Wendy Epke said. “They just really wanted this and wanted to go further. Getting to the finals was not enough for us. We really wanted to win this and they came out here with all they had.”
Top-seeded Cheshire (16-2) was denied an eighth SCC championship and finished as the conference runner-up for the fourth straight season. The Rams last won the SCC crown in 2014.