Morgan named MVP as New Fairfield wins SWC championship; coach wanted more honors for her

SOUTHBURY — After they’d handed New Fairfield goalie Margaret Morgan the MVP trophy for the SWC girls lacrosse championship game Wednesday night, Rebels coach Greg Schwarz said he’d sum up the senior in a nutshell.

“About four hours ago, I had to call Margaret Morgan and tell her she did not receive first-team All-SWC for goalie,” Schwarz said after a 9-6 win over Weston at Pomperaug’s Ed Arum Field gave the Rebels their third conference title in the past four times it was played.

“Hats off, I respect the girl who won it (Pomperaug’s Alison MacDougall), but the fact she was left off a list — when it comes to any goalies in the state of Connecticut or conference, it did a disservice to her, and I had to have a very difficult conversation with her.”

So all Morgan did was make 10 saves, a few in tight, at least one that turned into a goal in transition.

“I was definitely upset about it at first,” said Morgan, who’s headed to SUNY Cortland next year, “but I was like, I can’t let something like this weigh me down. There’s always states. Let it roll off your back. Keep playing. Don’t let it affect tonight.”

The second-seeded Rebels (15-3), ranked ninth in the Connecticut Girls Lacrosse Coaches Poll, never trailed. It led 7-2 early in the second half, but top-seeded, eighth-ranked Weston (17-2) pushed back within two twice late in the game but got no closer.

“I just think they have some experience, being here before,” said Weston coach Kyra Fraioli, whose team had defeated New Fairfield 11-9 on May 10.

“I think my girls were, a little bit, in culture shock. They played an excellent game. Hats off to New Fairfield.”

Schwarz said the difference between that game and this was focus.

Morgan, whose father is legendary Rebels boys coach Marty, said the seniors got together before the game.

“This is our last time we’re going to be here,” she said. “We’ve got to show all out, and we’ve got to show, for the next few generations, this is how we play. This is how we’ve always played. We’ve got to finalize it.”

Schwarz said as much as anything this team wants to keep playing together. The Rebels have been Class S champions the past four times the CIAC has played one; Weston could be waiting again somewhere along the line, as the Trojans were in last year’s final.

But they bused home toward New Fairfield on Wednesday with at least one banner, and with a trophy for Morgan.

“She put it on full display, man. She’s a beast. She’s an absolute beast,” Schwarz said. “There’s not a goalie in the state or in the country I would take over Margaret Morgan.”


New Fairfield senior goalie Margaret Morgan made 10 saves and was named game MVP.


“Honestly, I can’t even remember. Everything’s such a blur right now. If anything, I just remember my defense being there to stop them before they get to me. They’re, like, my No. 1 people.” — Morgan, on her first half-half feat.; @fornabaioctp




Records: New Fairfield 15-3; Weston 17-2. Scoring: NF—Colleen Rattigan 3 goals 2 assists, Ava Romanello 2g 2a, Heather Clark 3g, Gwen Enright 1g; W—Sarah Zwack 3g, Taylor Werner 2g, Hannah Cross 1g, Kayla Schiffer 1a. Goalies: NF—Margaret Morgan (10 saves); W—Cristina Love (10). Shots: NF—28; W—20.