Greenwich makes statement in defeat

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If you just went off the reactions of Greenwich head coach Scott Bulkley and Prep’s Chris Smalkais, you would have thought it was the Cardinals that came away with a hard-fought, 7-6 win, and not the visitors.

Everything is relative I guess, and after the Greenwich fell to the Jesuits 14-8 and 15-5 in 2012, going toe-to-toe with the defending class L Champions and nearly coming away with a statement win,  Bulkley couldn’t help but be proud of his teams’ efforts.

“We always want to do well against Prep, they are only of the best teams in the state of Connecticut and the tri-state area and they’re well coached,” Bulkley said. “When you can play them to 7-6; a tight game that was evenly fought. We want to be playing our best ball come playoffs; I told the guys before the game that you don’t win a state championship or FCIAC’s in the regular season, regardless if we win or lose this game.”

The Cardinals, Prep’s only FCIAC opponent in the regular season, almost overcame a 6-3, early fourth quarter deficit, but the Prep defense and goalie Connor Henry did just enough to thwart the comeback. Henry made a pair of late-game saves and had his post to thank after Alex Moeser hit the pipe with 40 seconds remaining.

“I thought (Henry) played outstanding, and I thought our faceoff man did well,” Smalkais said.

“I never feel like I’m out of a game with this group,” Bulkley said.

If the first half of the boys lacrosse season is any indication, Ridgefield appears to be the clear favorite. The race to get to the class L final appears to be as wide open as ever. If these two teams meet in the class L tournament for a second consecutive year, it’s unlikely to be a 10-goal blowout.

“We competed very hard, (Greenwich) competed very hard,” Smalkais said. “It was a great high school lacrosse game.”

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Ryan Lacey

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7 Responses

  1. mr fciac says:

    Brookfield your whining that you get no coverage
    you are in the S division go look at the teams in that
    bracket what a joke!!! and your not ranked anywhere your
    in the softest division in the state

  2. mr fciac says:

    Greenwich is ranked because one of the flaws in lax is
    hype, hype and more hype. Every year you hear that
    Wilton is the team to beat come on lax find away to
    better rate the upcoming season Wilton is an average
    program over the last few years

  3. FCIACLaxDad says:

    Seriously, I understand that there are many tams in the SWC that you must play. Same thing happens in the FCIAC. There are extremly strong teams and those that are not typically strong. The advantage the FCIAC has is a long standing reputation with teams like Wilton, Darien, Ridgefield and New Canaan. I think that is why the press tends to focus on the teams in the FCIAC. Good luck the rest of the season!!!

  4. FCIACLaxDad says:

    Actually, Greenwich is ranked higher than Brookfield (laxpower). Two words for Brookfield, PLAY SOMEBODY!

  5. SWCguy says:

    Brookfield goes 8 – 0 and is ranked 7th in the state and nary a comment from the Newstimes. GW “makes a statement in a loss”, you have got to be kidding me. Great reporting guys.

  6. SWCguy says:

    Brookfield LAX goes 8 -o and is ranked 7th in the state and nary an article to date about the boys in blue. GW makes a statement by losing a game. Awesome coverage guys!

  7. swcinsider says:

    how do you make a statement in a loss, Gw is not even a ranked team whats the big deal???