NEW CANAAN -- New Canaan's Teddy Bossidy has played football and lacrosse at New Canaan High for four years, but said the last week of lacrosse practice has been the most intense he has ever been through.
Following a second overtime loss to rival Darien, the last one in the FCIAC semifinals, the Rams have refocused and nowhere is it more apparent than with the senior class.
"It has been very intense," Bossidy said. "These have been some of the tougher practices in my career in football or lacrosse. It has been really heated, we have been getting after each other and I think we have gotten better in the last week. A lot of us play on the football team as well and we ended up beating Darien in the state championship there and if we could do it in lacrosse as well, it would be a good way to go out."
No. 3 New Canaan (15-4) certainly looked locked in, rolling over No. 14 RHAM 21-2 in the opening round of the Class M tournament Wednesday at Dunning Field.
Cole Turpin and Henry Stanton each tallied hat tricks and Bossidy, Clayton Burt, Maxwell Begoon and Colin Ahrens scored two goals apiece as 12 New Canaan players found the back of the cage.
The win was the 32nd straight home victory for the Rams, an achievement they take seriously and hope to close out at 33 games Saturday when they face No. 11 New Fairfield in the quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m.
"We tell our seniors their job is to leave the program better than when you arrived," New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo said. "We have one more game left on this field and we have 32 wins in a row on this field going back two years. It's a good streak to leave behind and it's a big thing and I know they want to do it."
Buzzeo expects the level of play to rise quickly when New Fairfield gets off the bus Saturday.
"It's going to be a competitive tournament starting this weekend but I'm excited and I like our team and I think they can compete for a championship," Buzzeo said. "We had a good week of practice, we are healthy and I think we are ready."
Bossidy says closing out the Dunning Field winning streak is goal one, but there is nothing more important than lifting a trophy in two weeks.
"It is pretty special and something we take pride in, coming out hard at home and taking care of business," Bossidy said. "Losing in overtime it is frustrating but doing it twice is even worse. We are confident coming into this tournament and we are excited to keep going."
New Canaan 21, RHAM 2
NEW CANAAN 11 10--21
RHAM 2 0 -- 2
Records: NC 15-4; RHAM 8-9
Scoring: NC -- Cole Turpin 3g; Henry Stanton 3g; Teddy Bossidy 2g, Clayton Burt 2g, Maxwell Begoon 2g; Colin Ahrens 2g; Justin Meichner 1g, 2a; Kyle Smith 1g; Andrew White 1g; Peter Reinhardt 1g, 1a; Davis Bruch 1g; Jackson Appelt 1g; Michael Kraus 1a. RHAM- Mike Wulftange 1g; Sam Sylvia 1g.
Goalies: NC -- Trent Nader 2 saves, William Hooks 0 saves; Drew Morris 0 saves; RHAM -- Colin Fitzgerald 8 saves