The third time wasn’t the charm for the Greenwich High lacrosse team in its latest Class L Tournament game against rival Fairfield Prep.
The Jesuits took a four-goal, first-quarter lead and never looked back, coasting to a 15-5 win in the first round of the CIAC Class L Tournament on Wednesday. Senior attack Matt Brophy recorded a game-high five goals with two assists, while sophomore midfielder Austin Sims tallied four goals and two assists for the Jesuits, who led 7-1 at halftime.
Junior attack Kevin Brown had two goals and two assists, while juniors David White and Sean Henry each contributed one goal and one assist for Prep (16-3). The victors efficiently executed their settled offense throughout and made it difficult for the Cardinals (9-9) to get clear shots on goal – especially in the first quarter. When Greenwich did find its rhythm later in the game, senior goalie Mike Seelye was their to turn the Cardinals’ shots away. Seelye made 13 saves for the Jesuits.
“I thought he played great in goal,” Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais said. “He was extremely sick (with the flu) the past several days and couldn’t practice over the weekend. We played well defensively, which is our team’s signature. We usually play great team defense in the playoffs.”
Greenwich received two goals apiece from junior attack Alex Moeser and freshman attack Decker Curran. The young Cardinals began the season 0-4, but got hot midway through the season and qualified for the FCIAC Tournament, earning the No. 6 seed. Qualifying for the state tournament was also a good achievement for the Cardinals, who had four freshmen and 10 sophomores on their squad.
“We are going to be back with a vengeance next year,” Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. “I’m excited about having most of the team coming back next year. Except for a few seniors, we are going to have our whole team back for the next two or three years.”
Bulkley was impressed with the steady improvement he witnessed from his team throughout the season.
“It was night and day for us from the beginning of the season,” Bulkley said. “This was not the same team we had in the beginning of the year.”
Fairfield Prep, meanwhile, advanced to the Class L quarterfinals where they will host Staples on Saturday. The Jesuits made it to the championship game last spring, where they were edged by Ridgefield.
“We have had some real crisp practices and we are looking real good heading into the Staples game,” Staples senior co-captain Charles Keady said. “We have a lot of confidence.”