The quest for a South-West Conference championship took on very real proportions for the New Milford High School girls' lacrosse side this month.

Coach John Murphy's Green Wave had closed its regular season by winning its final six matches vs. SWC rivals.

However, the girls' title dream died Tuesday in New Fairfield when eight-time defending champion Newtown outlasted the NMHS stick crew, 15-10, in the SWC playoff semifinals.

Olivia Monteiro scored three goals and Destinee Carey and Claudia Taylor added two apiece to lead the NMHS attack.

Goaltender Maddie Romandi turned aside 11 shots in net for the Green Wave.

Brookfield edged the host Rebels, 12-11, in the other semifinal to earn a title-match date with Newtown.

The Green Wave looks ahead now to the state tournament, for which it should learn its seeding and first-round pairing Friday.

Coach Murphy and company will take confidence into the state competition wrought of its recent win skein.

New Milford owned a 2-4 overall record following April 16's 15-8 non-league defeat at Glastonbury, but proceeded to win nine of its final 11 matches to finish 11-6 for the regular season.

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