Ridgefield boys lax tops Greenwich in opener

That the Ridgefield High boys lacrosse team got off to a shaky start Tuesday night at Tiger Hollow wasn't surprising.

In its season opener, Ridgefield was facing fellow heavyweight Greenwich, which had already played four games.

But after spotting the Cardinals a 5-2 lead, Ridgefield came back to tie the game at halftime and then dominate the final two quarters en route to a 13-8 triumph.

"The boys gave a great effort in the second half and focused on winning the little battles all over the field," said Ridgefield head coach Roy Colsey. "That made a big difference."

Reid Kagan scored five goals for the Tigers, and Dawson Muller and Wes Carpenter each added three goals and an assist. James Isaacson contributed two goals and an assist, while Noah Gels supplied four assists.

"Was great to see Noah Gels contribute four assists on offense after sitting out last season," said Colsey.

With the game tied 6-6 early in the third quarter, Ridgefield scored four straight goals to open a 10-6 lead. Greenwich got the final goal of the third quarter, but the Tigers then outscored the visitors, 3-1, in the final period.

"We made some adjustments at halftime and we started winning face-offs. Chris D'Entrone had a big day at the face-off X," said Colsey. "Getting more possessions was huge in the second half."

Ridgefield also got 13 saves from goalie Dan Parson and a strong effort from its defense.

"Noah Isaacson was all over the field and held their kid [Matt] Baugher to a goal," said Colsey."Luke Gaydos played well and Michael Dobson had some huge ground balls in transition," said Colsey. "Dan Parson made some great saves, too."

Notes: Ray Dearth added an assist for the Tigers, who were without All-American midfielder Greg Gatto (broken hand).

Leo Johnson, Jack Feda and Lance Large each had two goals for Greenwich, which dropped its third straight game and is now 1-4 this season.

Greenwich goalie Connor Santry finished with nine saves.

The game was shown live on the HAN Network. To watch on-demand click here.