The gauntlet that is the South-West Conference has led the New Milford High girls' lacrosse team on a veritable roller-coaster ride this spring.

The Green Wave appeared poised last week to make a late-season surge, coming off wins over non-league foe Trumbull, 16-6, and SWC rival Bethel, 14-10.

However, a 10-8 home loss to arch-rival New Fairfield on May 5 and a 15-10 setback Monday to host Joel Barlow in Redding have the NMHS distaff side as owners of a 7-5-1 ledger.

Coach Bill Kersten's squad was led offensively vs. Bethel by Olivia Monteiro with three goals and two assists, Chantal Barksdale with the hat trick and Kaitlyn Palumbo, Cristina Munoz and Morgan Gallagher with two goals and an assist apiece.

NMHS goaltender Kate Leier stopped 10 of 15 shots on net.

The Green Wave appeared midway through the second half against New Fairfield to be en route to victory, too.

Coach Kersten's crew had fought back from a 5-3 deficit to seize a 6-5 lead, only to see the Rebels counter with five straight goals of their own.

NMHS was sparked by Chantal Barksdale's three goals and a pair more by Kelsey Heaton.

Kate Leier turned aside eight of 18 New Fairfield shots on goal.

The Green Wave girls were set Thursday to visit Weston and then next week will finish the regular season Tuesday at Notre Dame in Fairfield and Wednesday at home vs. Bunnell.

Norm Cummings