Ridgefield boys lax beats Trumbull, 10-4

After starting the season 4-3, the Ridgefield High boys lacrosse team has done its job during a less challenging strech of the season and rattled off six straight wins.

Over that stretch, the Tigers have scored 99 goals while allowing only 16.

The latest victory came Thursday, as Ridgefield defeated Trumbull, 10-4, at Tiger Hollow.

With a game against unbeaten Darien on Saturday, and the FCIAC postseason right around the corner, Ridgefield soon will see if its recent success carries over against the best teams in the league.

In Thursday's triumph, senior Reid Kagan led the Tigers  with three goals and junior Weston Carpenter contributed a goal and five assists.

Also getting on the scoresheet were senior Dawson Muller (two goals), sophomore John Mathes (two goals), sophomore Ray Dearth (goal, two assists), junior Noah Gels (goal), and senior Luke Gaydos. Although the offense reached 10 goals, a high number of turnovers did slightly dampen the mood.

“We definitely need to increase our level of intensity [on Saturday] against Darien.” said Muller. “I thought we made a lot of unforced turnovers and looked sloppy out there.”

On the defensive end Ridgefield continued its high level of play and goalie Dan Parson had an outstanding performance with 13 saves. Playing a tight man-to-man defense, the Tigers were able to pressure the Trumbull attack throughout the entire game.

“Our defensive effort today was pretty good overall, but there’s definitely room to improve,” said senior Noah Isaacson. “We know how good Darien is, and we’re definitely looking forward to the challenge, but we know we’re going to have to play extremely well to beat them.”

Just over a minute into the first quarter, Carpenter found Mathes, who fired a shot from the outside that went off of the Trumbull goalie’s stick and into the net.

After Trumbull evened the score, Kagan got the go-ahead goal following a period of strong ball movement for Ridgefield. Muller added another goal 30 seconds later, and Dearth connected on a shot from outside to put the Tigers in front 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Ahead 5-3, Ridgefield got two goals in the final three minutes of the second period to take a 7-3 halftime lead. The first score came right after a Trumbull goal, as Gaydos made a great play to gain possession for Ridgefield before charging towards the net and finding a wide-open Muller for the goal.

Kagan then scored his team-leading 30th goal of the season on an assist from Carpenter with 53 seconds left in the half.

Ridgefield defenders Michael Dobson, Jack Dowd and Isaacson dominated the Trumbull attack in the final two quarters, limiting the visitors to one goal.