NEW CANAAN--Thus far, the class M state tournament has been little more than an extended practice session for the New Canaan boys lacrosse team.
Before heading off to neutral sites to compete in a second straight state final, the Rams seniors said farewell to its home field with style.
Ten different players found the back Saturday, helping New Canaan cruise into the semifinals with a 17-3 home victory over North Haven. The Rams will face the winner of Monday's quarterfinal between No. 7 Guilford and No. 2 Avon on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
For the 19 seniors, Saturday's triumph was its last at Dunning Field, capping a 10-1 season at home that included the schools first FCIAC championship in nine years.
"It was definitely on our minds," said Michael Bossidy, who scored four goals. "A lot of the seniors have so many memories. For me it has been since sixth grade in youth lacrosse. A lot of good memories, games, and friendships."
No. 3 New Canaan, which yielded the first goal 1:24 into the game before rattling off nine straight, it extended its winning streak to 15 behind the same formula that has resulted in so many dominant performances this season.
"We wanted to come out and take care of business," Rams coach Alex Whitten said. "We started out a little bit sloppy but we really stepped things up in the second half of the first quarter. We knew New Haven was going to be a real strong, physical team. They have some real good athletes on that team."
The Rams put the game beyond doubt with a flurry of goals bridging the first and second quarters. Bossidy, Peter Kraus and Jake Miller all found the net during a stretch that created a 9-1 lead early in the second period.
Once the game was beyond doubt, most of the stars headed for the sidelines for the last time in New Canaan and the next generation displayed their skills.
"We went into this game knowing we had to execute," Bossidy said. "A lot of guys stepped up and scored, it was good to see the younger guys get in there and get experience in the second half. Everything went well."
Junior midfielder Quincy Pecora scored all three goals for New Haven, which defeated Farmington 9-1 to reach the quarterfinals after not qualifying in 2011.
"(Pecora) is a pretty good player," Whitten said. "He's a good athlete; sometimes kids from those types of programs don't get exposure and I wanted to make sure that if he wanted to play in college then it was an option."
"There's no better way than to finish this season off than with a win," Bossidy said. That's what everyone is thinking about. We still have to take one game at a time and keep working hard."
NEW CANAAN 17, NORTH HAVEN 3
NORTH HAVEN 1 1 1 0--3
NEW CANAAN 6 3 5 3--17
Records: North Haven 11-8, New Canaan 18-3.
Scoring: NH--Quincy Pecora (3g), Cole Pecora (2a). .NC--Peter Kraus (1g, 4a), Matthew Blasco (2g, 5a), Michael Bossidy (4g, 1a), Peter Richardson (2g, 2a), Jake Miller (2g), Harry Stanton (2g), Pete Johnson (1g), Austin Nader (1g), Wesley Rhudy (1g), John Brainard (1g). Goalies: NH---Alec Uyeki (11 saves); NC--Tom Carey (1), Chris Green (1). Shots: NH--8; NC--38.