Ridgefield lacrosse teams open with easy wins

In a doubleheader at Tiger Hollow, the Ridgefield High boys and girls lacrosse teams won their season-opening games — by a combined score of 39-3.

The Ridgefield girls routed Norwalk, 18-2, in the first game, and the Ridgefield boys followed with a 21-1 dismantling of Norwalk in the second contest.

Caitlin Slaminko had five goals and two assists for the RHS girls team. Riley Peters added three goals, and Sophia Carnicelli and Maddie Peters each scored two goals.

Maeve Tobin, Faith Arnold, Aly Gagnon, Karley Smith, Abby Winkler, and Mary Hage contributed one goal apiece for the Tigers.

Smith and Bella Carrozza each provided two assists, with Aerin Krys, Maddie Peters, Tobin, Arnold, and Gagnon adding one assist apiece.

Ridgefield goalie Lexi Held finished with three saves.

"Seeing 12 Ridgefield players involved in the scoring today was a great testament to the diversity we have on attack this year," Ridgefield head coach Cece Berger said. "The team made good decisions and were selfless in their play."

In the nightcap, the Ridgefield boys team opened a 7-1 lead by the end of the first quarter and was ahead 18-1 at halftime.

John Mathes and Ryan Colsey each scored five goals and added an assist for the Tigers. Noah Gels also had a six-point night with three goals and three assists.

Ray Dearth and Owen Gaydos each contributed two goals, and Weston Carpenter, Chris Lauretani, Tevor Soli, and Luke Winkler had one goal apiece.

James Isaacson added three assists and Josiah deGrasse had two assists. Jake Lynne, Carpenter, and Dearth contributed one assist apiece.

Ridgefield dominated on face-offs, with Lynne winning 17 of 19 and Eliot Hynes winning four of five. Lynne also had a team-high eight groundballs.

Dan Parson, Matt Shepard, and George Rioseco all played in goal for the Tigers. Shepard was credited with the only save as Norwalk managed just two shots on net.

"[The] starting attack accounted for 13 goals and five assists in the first half," Ridgefield head coach Roy Colsey said. "[Those are] good signs for us as midfield is our strength on paper."