New Canaan tops Ridgefield in FCIAC boys lax semis
Getting goals from eight different players, New Canaan defeated the Ridgefield High boys lacrosse team, 10-6, in the FCIAC semifinals on Wednesday night at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
With the win, third-seed New Canaan advanced to the FCIAC final for the 28th time in program history. The Rams (14-4) will face top-seed Darien (18-0) in the title game at 7 p.m. on Friday, back at Brien McMahon. Darien crushed Wilton, 17-5, in Wednesday’s second semifinal.
Ridgefield (12-5), the second seed, will now await the start of the Class L state tournament.
After Liam Griffiths opened the scoring for New Canaan, Ridgefield answered with the equalizer from Greg Gatto to tie the game, 1-1, at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, however, New Canaan took advantage of two man-up situations to kick-start a 5-0 run.
A penalty that carried over from the first quarter gave the Rams an early opportunity, and Will Rechtermann took advantage when he sent a rocket into the net from 15 yards out to give New Canaan a 2-1 lead.
A little more than a minute later, a great passing series ended with Teddy Manges scoring a man-up goal for a 3-1 advantage.
Quintin O’Connell scored the first of his two goals at the 8:18 mark. Crovatto then won the ensuing faceoff, raced in towards the net, and sent the ball past Ridgefield goalie Daniel Parson for a 5-1 lead.
After Mac Deane scored top shelf for a 6-1 lead, Gatto got one back for the Tigers with 3:07 left before halftime. Ray Dearth then made it 6-3 when he scooped up a New Canaan turnover, raced upfield and scored with 0.3 seconds remaining.
A momentum shift in Ridgefield's favor didn’t happen, however, as the Rams scored the only three goals of the third quarter to go ahead 9-3.
New Canaan added the first goal of the final period before head coach Chip Buzzeo pulled his starters and Ridgefield got the final three goals — from Weston Carpenter, Reid Kagan and John Mathes.
“(Ridgefield is) a good team and they have some really good defenders and a great goalie,” said Buzzeo. “We needed to be aggressive both defensively and offensively to win this game. If we sat back and let them dictate the pace, we were going to get in trouble. We didn’t want that to happen and we didn’t let it happen.”