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No. 5 New Fairfield puts clamps on No. 6 Glastonbury

May 11, 2019

GLASTONBURY—On a rare afternoon where the offense of the New Fairfield boys lacrosse team wasn’t at top form, the other end of the field fare just quite well in a highly-anticipated matchup Saturday afternoon between top 10 teams.

A third quarter spurt was all the No. 5 Rebels needed as their defense put the clamps on No. 6 Glastonbury in a 10-5 win that included four goals from Liam Ford. New Fairfield improved to 14-1 this season, with its lone loss coming against nationally-ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.).

The Tomahawks jumped on the visitors in the second quarter as three goals in quick succession gave them a 3-1 lead. Those were the last at even strength, though, as Nick ˜Alviti, Zach Buffington, Will Enright and James Leary led a ferocious effort at the back.

“I thought we just had to get in and communicate,” Alviti said. “We weren’t communicating that well often in the beginning. Getting on the same page defensively was a big key, especially at the end.”

The Rebels struggled with shooting accuracy early before improving as the game went on.

“We were like what is going on?” said Rebels coach Marty Morgan. “We just kept saying keep shooting for the net. Slowly but surely we did; we came out in the second half well but we creeped back in to tie it up at the end of the first, which is all I wanted.”

Ford got the Rebels back even just before the half, cashing in with nine seconds left in the second to make it 3-3. New Fairfield turned on the jets in the third quarter and pushed its lead up to 8-3 before the Tomahawks stopped the run.

Glastonbury closed to within 8-5 early in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of man-up goals, but couldn’t get closer against the Rebels’ defense. Justin Hazard scored twice in within a 17-second span in the first half for the Tomahawks (11-3).

“They’re really good but we just tried to take away the one side,” Morgan said. “If we did that we were in good shape; don’t let them come back to us. That was the key to our defense, and we were disciplined. I can’t say enough about them.”

It was a rare test against another top team in the state for New Fairfield, which has coasted through its SWC schedule. New Fairfield’s regular-season finale comes against FCIAC squad Staples on Tuesday. Then its onto defending its SWC and Class M championships.

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“It was great to come out to play against a good offense with good middies,” Alviti said. “It’s awesome to come play a team from Class L like this; it’s great to play any team like this, especially a team like Glastonbury.”

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NEW FAIRFIELD 10, GLASTONBURY 5

NEW FAIRFIELD1 2 5 2 - 10

GLASTONBURY0 3 1 1 - 5

Scoring: NF—Dylan Hanley 1g, 2a Brett Tenaglia 1g, 1a John Morgan 2g Liam Ford 4g Nick Gephart 1g, 1a Nate Alviti 1g Will Enright 1a. G—Colin Williams 1g Justin Hazard 2g, 1a Kevin Tierney 1g Nolan Flood 1a Quinn Conroy 1g, 1a. Goalies: NF—Brennan Hart (4 saves) Thomas O’Connor (13 saves). Records: New Fairfield 14-1; Glastonbury 11-3.