There wasn’t much drama involved when New Canaan and Greenwich renewed their rivalry Thursday at Dunning Stadium.
It was all Rams from practically the start, as they efficiently ran their settled offense and made it difficult for the Cardinals to get clear shots on goal throughout the game. Here’s what I thought some of the key points of the game were – a game the Rams won convincingly, 12-0.
POSSESSION: New Canaan seemed to have the ball the entire first half, with Greenwich only generating a few shots on goal. When the Cardinals did have possession, the Rams created numerous turnovers.
“A team lives vicariously through its defense and our defense was outstanding today,” said New Canaan’s Puck Richardson, who scored four goals. “Keeping them to a shutout was impressive and Trent Nader (goalie) was outstanding as always.”
TERRIFIC TWO MINUTES: Greenwich trailed just 2-0 after the first quarter and hung around for most of the second, facing only a 3-0 deficit late in the quarter. Then the Rams scored three goals from the 4:36 mark of the quarter until 2:37 remaining, seizing a commanding 6-0 halftime advantage. Griffin White, Richardson and Michael Kraus tallied for the Rams.
“We got a bunch of goals and kept on it, kept attacking,” Kraus said.
NO LETDOWN ALLOWED: The Rams didn’t let Greenwich get back into the game, extending their lead by scoring in the first minute of the second half. The goal, followed by another tally two minutes later gave the Rams an insurmountable 8-0 lead.
“The beginning of the second half was a microcosm of the game,” GHS assistant coach Kevin Faughnan said. “They got the ball, moved forward and scored eight seconds into it. They got after it from start to finish.”
GETTING DEFENSIVE: Both teams are defensive-minded teams, but the Rams especially lived up to their reputation, posting the shutout. New Canaan has shutout two straight opponents and yielded only 17 goals goals its last five games and 10 in its last four. Rams coach Chris Buzzeo gave special kudos to John Rhudy and Eric Persky.
SHORTHANDED CARDINALS: GHS was missing senior attack Alex Moeser, one of the team’s leading scorers and sophomore Decker Curran, who also gives the team plenty of punch offensively. Moeser has an injured thumb and Curran has a hip flexor .
WHAT’S NEXT?: The Rams have a tough test coming up, as they will host John Jay-Cross River on Saturday. I covered that team a lot at the last newspaper I worked at years ago and 10 years later, they still have a strong squad. Greenwich will visit perennial powerhouse Chaminade – always one of New York State’s top teams.
After talking to players from both teams following the game, they all believed they will be facing each other again in the postseason.
“They are going to come back strong from this and we know it is going to be a closer game in the playoffs,” Stanton said.
“We’ll definitely see them again,” GHS junior Kyle Foote said. “They haven’t seen us at full strength, so we’ll remember this game the next time we play them.”