New Canaan boys lacrosse team takes down John Jay on strength of monster first quarter
NEW CANAAN -- With the postseason two weeks away, and an important week looming ahead in the FCIAC, the keyword for the New Canaan High boys lacrosse team at the moment is preparation.
"Our preparation as a team has to be better than before," NCHS coach Chip Buzzeo said. "We need to be prepared for what we have ahead."
John Jay of Cross River, N.Y., was the perfect opponent for such a circumstance. And the Rams responded just the way their coach had hoped with an impressive 10-6 non-league victory Saturday night.
Harry Stanton scored four goals, two of which came in the decisive opening quarter, as the Rams improved to 11-1.
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"The first quarter was incredible," Buzzeo said of the Rams' early 7-2 lead. "It was our best first quarter of the year."
New Canaan, vying for one of the top seeds in the FCIAC playoffs that begin May 18, must first deal with two difficult opponents this week. The Rams face always dangerous Brian McMahon before their showdown with Ridgefield, which is currently the No. 1 team in the state. So, John Jay, a perennial tri-state power in boys lacrosse, was placed in an ideal spot on the schedule.
"They're a great team and one of the best in the area," Buzzeo said of the visiting Indians. "They are one of the most athletic teams we will face all season. To have a tough out of state game like this at this point in the season will help us a lot."
If the Rams jump out against future opponents as they did Saturday night, Coach Buzzeo will be a happy man. New Canaan scored seven times in the opening 10 minutes as Stanton and Duke Repko each scored twice to stun the visiting Indians (9-4). The teams were tied at 2 before the Rams scored five goals in six minutes.
The Rams, who led 8-4 at the half and 9-5 after three quarters, never let John Jay get within three after the middle of the first quarter.
Besides Stanton's four goals and Repko's two, Puck Richardson, Michael Kraus, Robby Paul and Pete Johnson also scored for New Canaan, which has now won six in a row while outscoring opponents 71-23. Goalie Trent Nader finished with 10 saves.
NEW CANAAN 10, JOHN JAY 6
NEW CANAAN 7 1 1 1--10
Records: John Jay 9-4; New Canaan 11-1.
Goals: JJ--Ryan Lee, Shawn Smith, Anthony Scapperotti, Brandon Lee 2, Andrew Duffy; NC--Harry Stanton 4, Duke Repko 2, Puck Richardson, Michael Kraus, Robby Paul, Pete Johnson. Assists: JJ--Lee, Jack Lambert; NC--Kraus 3, Stanton, Teddy Bossidy, Repko, Richardson. Goalie saves: JJ--Rob Looney 9; NC--Trent Nader 10.