NEW CANAAN -- The Greenwich High School boys lacrosse team is perfectly content to let the scoreboard and the standings do the talking for the Cardinals.

"The sense of those of us here in the program is there isn't a lot of talk or a lot of respect across the state for us," Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. "But I'm happy to be under the radar."

Well, the Cardinals made a statement Saturday that should reverberate across both the FCIAC and Connecticut as Greenwich posted a 13-10 road triumph over New Canaan at Dunning Stadium.

The win left Greenwich atop the FCIAC West Division at 6-0 as well as 6-2 overall. The Cardinals have won five of their last six contests with the lone blemish a 14-4 road loss to NY-state power Bronxville (NY).

"Our victory over Ridgefield (14-13 on Tuesday) was big," Bulkley said. "But today was our best game of the season."

It was tied 2-2 after one quarter before Greenwich broke out to a 7-4 halftime edge. New Canaan regrouped and rallied behind three straight goals by Michael Kraus (5 goals, 1 assist) to forge an 8-8 deadlock after three quarters.

"We knew New Canaan would make a big push in the third period," Bulkley said. "We just had to weather the storm."

GHS was the smarter team over the final 12 minutes, allowing it to pull away for the win.

Greenwich was able to dominate possession over the final three periods thanks to the faceoff work of senior Michael Sullivan.

"Sullivan is the best faceoff man in the state. His work means the world to us," Bulkley said. "Winning faceoffs is the best way to keep the New Canaan offense on hold."

Said New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo :"Sullivan had a huge impact on the game."

What also stymied New Canaan (4-2 overall, 3-1 FCIAC) was a bushel of penalties that stemmed from some over-zealous play.

The Rams paid dearly for those transgressions as Greenwich scored five man-up goals on the afternoon while growing its time of possession.

Greenwich outscored New Canaan 5-2 in the fourth quarter. GHS had a size advantage on attack thanks to Scooter Harrington (2 g, 2 a) and Decker Curran (1 g, 2 a). The defensive attention on the pair naturally opens up opportunities for other Cardinals.

Junior Will Perry paced the GHS attack with four goals while junior Michael Sands and senior Kevin Moriarty each tallied three times. New Canaan goalie Drew Morris collected seven saves.

"When we play together we can be very good," Bulkley said. "We stuck to our game plan and played smart. Our defense came together as well, communicating and rotating well."

For New Canaan, Ryan O'Connell added three goals while senior quad-captain Justin Meichner had a goal and two assists. GHS senior goalie Thomas Rogan made eight saves.

"We had too many penalties. Greenwich had most of the ball possession," Buzzeo said. "But on offense we threw the ball away too much. Can't get away with that against Greenwich. We just have to get better as a team. When we do things in practice, it's perfect. But we get away from that in games. That's when we get into trouble."

rich.depreta@scni.com

Greenwich 13, New Canaan 10

GREENWICH 2 5 1 5 --13

NEW CANAAN 2 2 4 2 --10

Records: G 6-2, 6-0 FCIAC; NC 4-2, 3-1 FCIAC.

Scoring: G -- Scott Harrington 2 goals, 2 assists; Decker Curran 1g, 1a; Michael Sands 3g; Will Perry 4g; Kevin Moriarty 3g; Alec Oropall 1a. NC -- Michael Kraus 5 goals, 1 assist; Ryan O'Connell 3g, 1a; Justin Meichner 1g, 2a; Peter Swindell 1g. Goalies: G -- Thomas Rogan (8 saves); NC -- Drew Morris (7 saves).

Highlights: G -- Greenwich has won five of its last 6 after 3-0 week.