RHS Thursday recap: Lax split; baseball, golf, tennis wins

A lacrosse split and a golf sweep were among the results for Ridgefield High teams on Thursday.

Boys lacrosse: Blake Runkle's overtime goal gave host Staples an 8-7 victory over Ridgefield on Thursday evening in Westport.

Ridgefield fell behind 4-0 and trailed until Wes Carpenter scored on a designed man-advantage play with 1.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Carpenter led the Tigers (4-3 overall) with three goals and two assists. Ray Dearth added two goals, and James Isaacson and Dawson Muller each scored one goal.

Reid Kagan had an assist for Ridgefield, which got a strong performance from Chris D'Entrone on face-offs.

Girls lacrosse: Scoring the game's first eight goals, Ridgefield went on to rout Danbury, 17-3.

Twelve players had points for the Tigers, who are now 6-3 this season.

Caitlin Slaminko finished with five goals and an assist, while Maeve Tobin added three goals and an assist and Mae Briody contributed two goals and three assists.

Caroline Curnal (goal, two assists), Grace Egan (goal, assist), Katie Hoban (goal), Karley Smith (goal), Sophia Carnicelli (goal), Bella Carrozza (goal), Riley Kunzmann (goal), Maddie Peters (two assists), and Aly Gagnon (assist) also had points for Ridgefield.

"Strong play forced turnovers in the midfield, with Maeve Tobin leading the team with four forced turnovers," said Ridgefield head coach Cece Berger. "Mae Briody, Aly Gagnon, Isabel Papa, and Jen Paul also helped keep the pressure on Danbury. Caroline Curnal led the team in draw possessions with six, while Maddie Peters and Abby Winkler came up with lots of loose ground balls."

Baseball: Michael Heller scattered five hits as Ridgefield routed Bridgeport Central, 12-2, at Ciuccoli Field. The game was called after six innings due to the run rule.

Making his first start, Heller allowed two runs while walking two batters and striking out eight.

Nick Hanna had two hits and drove in three runs for Ridgefield, which led 7-0 through three innings.

Thomas Gioffre and Brandon Grizzaffi each added two hits and an RBI, and Matt Stamatis contributed two hits and scored two runs.

Nick Cullinan had a hit and two RBIs, while Quinn McDonald, Pete Columbia, Ben Cohen, and Matthew Colucci each added one hit and an RBI for the Tigers, who improved their record to 8-3.

Girls golf: In its best effort of the young season, the unbeaten Ridgefield girls golf team defeated Staples, 191-201, at the Ridgefield Golf Course.

Alyssa Maiolo shot a 40 to lead the Tigers, who are now 4-0 this spring.

Caroline Bunt (43), Christina Kudera (51), and Cassie Smith (57) also had their scores count for Ridgefield.

Boys golf: Ridgefield ran its winning streak to five matches by beating host Norwalk, 179-227, at Oak Hills Golf Course.

Mark Habeeb shot a 43 to lead the Tigers (5-2) and earn medalist honors.

Heston Pinard (44), Chris Lang (45), and Brandon Tuccio (47) rounded out Ridgefield's team score.

Boys tennis: Winning three singles matches and two doubles contests, Ridgefield defeated Wilton, 5-2, in Wilton.

At second singles, Luke Queiroz beat Wilton's Conrad Emerson by scores of 6-1, 6-0. James Hourihan added a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Harrison Tucker at third singles, and Ramiro Davila downed Tor Aronson, 7-5, 6-0, at fourth singles.

The Tigers added wins from Tanner Daubenspeck and Noah Butler (6-3, 7-5) at first doubles, and Tadd Long and Seth Prusko (7-5, 7-5) at second doubles.

The victory was the fifth straight for Ridgefield, which is now 7-1 this season.

Girls tennis: Ridgefield fell to Wilton, 6-1, at the RHS courts.

The Tigers' lone point came from Hillary Sherpa and Jillian O'Keefe, who combined for a 7-5, 6-1 win at first doubles.