New Canaan boys lacrosse team remains perfect with blowout win over St. Joseph
Published 4:40 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2013
NEW CANAAN -- Prior to the start of the 2013 lacrosse season, New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo indicated that he believed his defense would be his team's greatest strength. And that strength was on full display Saturday afternoon at New Canaan High School.
Behind a standout performance from starting goalie Trent Nader, who allowed just one goal, the New Canaan defensive unit permitted precious few quality scoring opportunities for St. Joseph, as the Rams cruised to a 10-3 victory to remain unbeaten.
"Our defense played great today. All three goalies played well. Our short sticks have the toughest job on the field and they played great," Buzzeo said. "We've got three senior starters on defense with Eric (Persky), John Rhudy and Tom Costigan. Those three guys plus Seth Neeleman and Frank Cognetta who was out today -- we've got a lot of good guys."
The lopsided victory sets up Tuesday's highly-anticipated clash between New Canaan, the defending FCIAC champions, and Darien, the defending state champions.
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"We're feeling really nice. We've got Darien coming up on Tuesday, that's the biggest game of the season and we've got a bitter taste in our mouths from last year," Nader said. "Our defense really helped me out in keeping a zero on the board for the first half. I don't think we could be playing (Darien) at a better time."
Just 25 seconds into the second frame, Teddy Bossidy found Michael Kraus for a goal and the floodgates were open. Puck Richardson set up Kraus for his second marker, top shelf, and Graham Wagner found Richardson for a 5-0 halftime lead.
"I expected a better effort from our guys. New Canaan came out and played fast, and we've just got to play faster," St. Joseph coach Joe Izzo said. "I think they have the talent to play this team a little tougher, and they just didn't show up and play hard. At times we did and at times we didn't. Our faceoff guy, Ryan Mulligan, played very well today. He got us the ball more often than not."
Just 2:25 into the third quarter, the Rams widened their lead thanks to two goals by Stanton in a span of 52 ticks.
Josiah Wilson put the Cadets on the board with 2:46 remaining in the third, but the Rams got that goal back when Wagner set up Stanton's fourth with 22 seconds left for the 8-1 lead.
"Today our defense played great. Without them it would have been a totally different game," Nader said. "They bailed me out a few times and it really helped out."
Izzo, whose team is 3-0 in non-conference play but 0-2 in the FCIAC, believes his team has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with teams like New Canaan.
"We had a lot of inside chances in the first half and just didn't bury them. We hit a couple pipes in the first half. We were taking our shots and kids were moving the ball well, but we didn't find the back of the net," Izzo said. "We like playing in the FCIAC; it helps us and makes us a better team. You have to play at a different speed in the FCIAC."
With a nine-goal cushion in the fourth, Buzzeo was free to unload his bench.
"We're deep. If we can continue to roll out 23, 25 guys in games that are closer, then we're going to win a lot of fourth quarters," Buzzeo said. "I think we played 44 guys today and all three goalies. This team is talented throughout."
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NEW CANAAN 10, ST. JOSEPH 3
ST. JOSEPH 0 0 1 2--3
NEW CANAAN 2 3 3 2--10
Records: St. Joseph 3-2 (0-2 FCIAC), New Canaan 4-0 (3-0 FCIAC).
Scoring: SJ--Josiah Wilson (1g), Kurtis Mudre (1g), Preston Ouellette (1g), Colin Powell (1a). NC--Harry Stanton (4g), Michael Kraus (2g), Puck Richardson (1g, 1a), Cole Turpin (1g, 1a) Owen Toland (1g), Max Begoon (1g), Teddy Bossidy (1a) Graham Wagner (2a), Justin Meichner (1a). Goalies: SJ--Jack Guman (8 saves); NC--Trent Nader (9), Griffin Falvey (2), Jake Galluzzo (1). Shots: SJ--24; NC--26.