BOYS LACROSSE Ridgefield closes out Greenwich with strong finish
GREENWICH — Ridgefield imposed its will first during Wednesday’s matchup against FCIAC boys lacrosse rival Greenwich, scoring five of the game’s first six goals, before the momentum swiftly swung in the Cardinals’ favor.
Then it was the Tigers’ turn to respond.
Lacrosse can be the ultimate sport of momentum swings and the Tigers had the final say in that area in this much anticipated early-season game.
Trailing by two goals after leading by four, Ridgefield finished strong, tallying the matchup’s final five goals in registering a well-earned 10-7 victory at Cardinal Stadium.
Senior midfielder Weston Carpenter recorded a hat trick with one assist, while freshman attack Ryan Colsey and senior midfielder James Isaacson each tallied twice to pace the 3-1 Tigers.
Ridgefield, which posted a 13-8 win over Greenwich in 2018, held a 3-0 lead on the Cardinals following the first quarter, then trailed 6-5 at halftime.
“It came down to possessions,” Tigers coach Roy Colsey said. “The second quarter, the possessions went their way, it was just who had the ball.”
The Cardinals, who also sport a record of 3-1, received two goals from senior Matt Davey and one apiece from senior Jack Feda, senior Charlie Graves, Owen Gwozdz (senior), Lance Large (senior) and sophomore Chris Cataldo.
“We just lost the possessions, we were being too urgent to start the game,” GHS coach Bobby Lutz said. “Once we calmed down and settled into our offense we knew we were going to be successful.”
Large’s man-up goal gave the Cardinals their biggest advantage at 7-5 15 seconds into the third quarter. Yet that marked the last goal Greenwich scored for the game.
Junior midfielder Ray Dearth dodged to find an angle then converted a shot from 10 yards out, bringing the Tigers to within 7-6 with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter. Isaacson tallied off a pass from Colsey, evening the score at 7-7 at the six-minute mark.
The visitors took the lead for good at 8-7 when Colsey converted a feed from junior attackman John Mathes with 4:29 to go in the third quarter.
“We did a really good job on defense, we only let up a goal in the second half a man-up goal in the first minute,” Dearth said. “On offense, we got our sets down and were able to get going. We were also great on the faceoffs, but we still have a lot to work on.”
Senior Daniel Parson made eight saves in goal for the victors.
“Our defense was great throughout the day, we had a little low point in the second quarter, but once we got to halftime, we talked about doing what we did in the first quarter,” Parson said. “This was a big FCIAC win for a lot of our young guys.”
Down 5-1, after freshman Logan Gels scored at the 7:28 mark of the second quarter, GHS scored five straight goals to take a 6-5 edge heading into halftime. Cataldo began the run, tallying in transition and Davey ended the spurt with a goal from close in, making it 6-5 with 1:25 to go in the second stanza.
“We were able to respond and put some goals on the board, after they went on that run,” Greenwich senior defender Tyler Dietrich said. “We were doing good with our 1-on-1 matchups, we just need to continue to work on our slides in practice.”
Added Large: “They shut us down in the beginning, but we adjusted well. We just didn’t have possession enough.”
Junior goalie Padraig Colligan made 11 saves for Greenwich.
“Another great game for him in goal,” Lutz said. “It relaxes the defense, because they know if they give up a shot he is going to save it.”
Ridgefield took time off the clock by effectively moving the ball around the perimeter late in the final quarter.
“If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score,” Dearth said. “That can be the best defense you play.”
Despite the loss, Lutz is pleased with what he saw from his squad.
“We have a really solid group of seniors — a ton of football players — who know what it takes to win,” Lutz said. “The system is working, because they are buying into it.”
“Greenwich did a good job of making that run” Roy Colsey said. “They were smart with all their shots and they had us on our heels. But our guys responded in the third quarter and did a good job of stepping up. I’ll take that kind of win any day.”
RIDGEFIELD 10, GREENWICH 7
RIDGEFIELD 3 2 3 2 — 10
GREENWICH 1 5 1 0 — 7
Records: Greenwich 3-1; Ridgefield 3-1; Scoring: R — Weston Carpenter 3 g, 1 a; Ray Dearth 2 g, 1 a; Ryan Colsey 2 g, 2 a; Logan Gels 1 g, 1 a; James Isaacson 2 g; John Mathes 2 a; G — Matt Davey 2 g; Jack Feda 1 g; Charlie Graves 1 g, 1 a; Owen Gwozdz 1 g, 1 a; Chris Cataldo 1 g; Lance Large 1 g; Goalies: R — Daniel Parson (8 saves); G — Padraig Colligan (11 saves).