Two days in a row where the tone was set on faceoffs, right from the start. Troy Foreit won the opening draw today from Ted Ottens, won the next one, as well, and a bunch of others in the first half to help Fairfield Prep open a big lead on Wilton; the Jesuits won 16-9.
“Troy played great today,” Tim Edmonds said. “He’s done so much work in the offseason. I’m so proud of him. Ted Ottens, he’s known as one of the best faceoff guys in Connecticut.”The Jesuits, as usual, will find things to work on. As noted in the gamer, coach Chris Smalkais was hoping for better finish. At the other end, “the defense, I thought, made some mistakes that allowed them to score some opportunistic goals,” Smalkais said.
Wilton was the Jesuits’ only in-state loss last season. They don’t have one yet this year in seven tries.
“We hadn’t played them in a number of years,” Smalkais said. “It’s exciting to play FCIAC teams because we are in Fairfield County. We play Greenwich on an annual basis. I’ve been talking to coach Buzzy (Chip Buzzeo) about playing New Canaan, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Fairfield Prep has four regular-season games left, including games with top-10 SCC upstarts Xavier and Guilford.
The Warriors finish, after Norwalk on the road, with two at home. The first of those home games, next Wednesday, is against Yorktown (N.Y.), which LaxPower.com’s computer ranks fifth in the land and which has already knocked off Darien (11-5) and Ridgefield (11-8).
The remaining three games give Wilton a chance to work on reducing some of the mental errors that coach John Wiseman said they’ve been battling.
“Throughout the season we’ve been struggling with that,” Wiseman said. “We’re trying to find ourselves, to come together as a team. … We’re working on lacrosse IQ. That’s what we’re trying to do, reduce those mental errors.”
And last, Prep maybe salvaged some civic pride: Wilton beat Fairfield Ludlowe 7-3 on Saturday, then beat Fairfield Warde 13-6 on Monday. The Warriors couldn’t finish the Fairfield sweep.