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Boys Lacrosse Notebook Weston carries second-half roll to Barlow

May 7, 2019

A six-game winning streak, including Saturday’s 9-6 win over Guilford, has Weston back in the GameTimeCT Top 10 at No. 8 this week.

The Trojans only graduated a couple of seniors but still had lots of younger players contributing. Still, their seniors have stepped up, coach Josh Thornton said, players like Greyson Collins, Matt Scott and Ryan Werner in assorted roles.

“Looking at the team, we’re playing how we should be,” Thornton said.

The Trojans are 11-2 going into Thursday’s showdown at Barlow, a rivalry game, a game that could set seeding in the SWC and a game at which the teams will honor and raise money for Mary Socci, the Newtown girl battling brain cancer who is the daughter of lacrosse referee Lew Socci.

Weston’s losses came back-to-back in mid-April, a 17-4 loss to No. 5 New Fairfield after a penalty-filled 9-5 loss to Newtown. Those are the two teams ahead of the Trojans in the SWC standings.

Since then, they’ve taken care of their business, including a win over then-No. 8 Guilford, which dropped into a tie for ninth in this week’s poll.

“Our D played really solid on their guys,” Thornton said, adding that junior Julian Caplan was on Guilford’s All-American attackman John DeLucia. “The only goals they got were kind of unsettled situations.”

A third-quarter run got the Trojans some breathing room in a game that moved them ahead of Guilford (10-2) in the Class M rankings.

Several players have contributed offensively, Thornton said.

“James Goetz is probably one of the more underrated guys, outside the coaches who play us,” Thornton said of the junior midfielder. “He’s not the one putting up a lot of points, but he does so much that gets our offense going.”

ANGELIC DEVILS: West Haven had hovered around .500 the past few years. In 45 years, coach Patrick Reed said, the Blue Devils’ highest win total in a season was nine.

So this 10-2 start, with wins in the past seven, is historic already, though the Westies hope it doesn’t stop there.

“In my 12 years, this is the most positive, bought-in group I’ve had,” Reed said.

Some of that comes from senior attackman Niko Kyle.

“He’s very calming for us,” Reed said. “We were really kind of struggling in the preseason, and we gave him the reins. ... He took that leadership role.”

Nik Camara and Steve Moran, a couple of big seniors who can handle the ball, anchored the defense in front of junior goalie Kevin Moriarty.

“He’s the best goalie that I’ve seen this season. He’s been amazing,” Reed said. “He saves us a lot.”

The two losses came against the two SCC Division I teams on the Blue Devils’ schedule, Xavier (16-1) and Notre Dame-West Haven (14-6). They’ve got another big test coming Wednesday, when Branford (9-4, five wins in a row), featuring Air Force-bound midfielder Robbie Lionetti, comes to Ken Strong Stadium.

ROAR, LION: Another program record falls: Foran junior Ethan McVoy’s eight-point night Monday against Sheehan gave him the school’s scoring record.

McVoy has 83 goals and 62 assists for 145 points. Jonathan DePascale, Class of 2015, had 79 goals and 62 assists for 141.

FELT SO GOOD ... : Tip of the cap to first-year program Enfield, which earned the program’s first varsity win on April 30, beating fellow first-year program Capital Prep 6-5. It worked so well, the Eagles beat Bristol Eastern a day later, 8-2.

Enfield is 2-8 with three games remaining.

Fine performances

Wes Carpenter, Ridgefield: Scored four goals, including the last-minute winner, and had two assists in the Tigers’ 12-11 win over Yorktown (N.Y.).

Beckett Cashman, Granby: Scored in overtime to beat Somers 16-15.

Luke Conway, Hand: Two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over North Haven.

Tyler DiNapoli, North Branford: Five goals and two assists in a 10-9 win over Valley Regional.

D.J. Donovan, Danbury: Scored in overtime to beat Stamford 8-7.

J.J. Ford, Xavier: Hat trick in a 9-7 win over Conard.

Chris Gonzalez, Fairfield Warde: Made 12 saves in the Mustangs’ 12-10 win over Fairfield Ludlowe.

Justin Hazard, Glastonbury: Two goals and two assists in a 12-8 win over Newtown.

Seth Libby, Woodstock Academy: Scored five goals in an 11-5 win over Norwich Tech/Windham Tech.

Teddy Manges, New Canaan: Scored four goals in a 15-12 win over Fairfield Prep.

Brian Mills, North Haven: Two goals and an assist in a 5-4 win over Trumbull.

Jake Ober, Simsbury: Four goals and an assist in a 13-7 win over Southington.

Patrick Ruther, Norwalk: Made eight saves in a 5-2 win over Stamford.

Connor Smith, Notre Dame-West Haven: Stopped 13 shots in a 6-5 win over North Haven.

Scott Symington, Somers: Five goals and two assists in an 11-4 win over Old Lyme.

Games to watch

Hand at Notre Dame-West Haven (Veterans Stadium), Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Xavier at Cheshire, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: In which we continue to try to sort out who fits where in the SCC behind Fairfield Prep and Guilford.

Ridgefield at Wilton, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The resurgent Warriors, winners of five in a row, play host to Ridgefield, which has found a way against all in-state, non-Darien opponents (going into Tuesday night’s game at Trumbull, at the very least).

Weston at Barlow, Thursday, 7 p.m.: In which we continue to try to sort out who fits where in the SWC behind New Fairfield. The winner of this game has the inside track to finish third behind the Rebels and Newtown.

New Fairfield at Glastonbury, Saturday, noon: New Fairfield’s biggest tests had come out of state until Saturday, when the Rebels took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter to beat No. 9 Newtown 17-5. Well then. The Rebels’ regular season ends with two out-of-conference games against top-10 teams, starting with this one.

Weston at Hand (Surf Club), Saturday, noon: An interesting match between two of the top 10 teams in the Class M rankings going into the week, as well as two teams that have been in the GameTimeCT top 10 at various times.

Darien at New Canaan, Saturday, 3 p.m.: More often a midseason game, the rivalry moves to the last weekend of the regular season. They could meet twice more in short order.

St. Joseph at East Catholic, Tuesday, 4 p.m.: Since 2009, every time St. Joseph has made the Class S tournament, it has made the final. This won’t be the third time the Cadets miss out; with a 15-game schedule, their sixth win got it done Saturday against Danbury. This, then, is a matchup of two of last year’s semifinalists with a chance (the Eagles need one more win to clinch, going into Monday against Conard) to get there again.

Staples at New Fairfield, Tuesday, 6 p.m.: The Rebels’ second top-10 matchup of the week closes the regular season for both teams. Really. It’s almost playoff time.

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