Just days removed from a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Norwalk, the Fairfield Warde boys lacrosse team hoped that lightning would strike twice.
Yet, St. Joseph wanted no part of that.
The Cadets built a eight-goal lead after three quarters and hung on for a 12-8 win on Tuesday afternoon in Trumbull.
Colin Powell and Travis Yoguez each had two goals and two assists, and Ryan Corcoran scored three times, leading St. Joseph to its third win in four games. Jeff Marcantonio added four assists.
“The kids played well,” Cadets coach Joe Izzo said. “Warde is a much-improved team, they’re very athletic, they’re skilled, they’re aggressive.”
Warde, on the heels of its stunning win Saturday over the Bears, scored five fourth-quarter tallies but fell to 2-2. Warde, which trailed 11-3 after three, got as close as 11-8 on Charlie Edison’s goal with 2:39 left.
“We tried to make a run in the fourth quarter, but it was absolutely way too late,” Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. “We told our guys that we need to play 48 minutes. We can’t give a team a lead like that.”
The Mustangs were led by Jack Bambach who had four goals and one assist. Jason Nerreau stopped 22 shots for Warde.
“Their goalie is phenomenal,” Izzo said.
The Cadets scored five third-quarter goals on only seven shots. Warde outshot St. Joseph 10-7 in the frame but was outscored 5-1.
“We’re practicing that they’ve got to be smarter with the ball,” Izzo said. “And they’re starting to do that.”
St. Joseph also scored six first-half goals– four of which came in the second quarter. The Cadets maintained possession thanks to Ryan Mulligan‘s faceoff prowess. The senior midfielder won nine of 12 first-half faceoffs and 18 of 23 for the game.
“He’s very good,” Izzo said. “It’s nice to have a good faceoff guy to give you a chance to have the ball.”