Even with an insurmountable lead the Weston High boys lacrosse team had something to be concerned with late in its game against Immaculate, namely avoiding injury.
As the clock would down Immaculate was repeatedly called for penalties. With about 30 second left the officials called the game and the Trojans were the 15-1 winners on Saturday, May 4.
“We needed a victory,” said Weston head coach John Mathews, whose team lost three of its last four games. “Some younger guys stepped up.”
While the Trojans swarmed around Immaculate’s goal early and often they were often turned away by goalie James Coppolla, who made a number of saves. However, the Mustangs were called for four penalties in the first six minutes alone and were frequently down a player.
Weston used the situation to its advantage to score three straight goals courtesy of Austin Drimal and Troy Flynn (two) before the Mustangs broke the shutout with 3:23 left in the first quarter. From that point on it was all Weston.
What followed were nine unanswered goals in the remainder of the half. By the time the second quarter got underway Mathews had pulled the starting players, giving the younger ones time on the field, but the goals kept coming as the Trojans led 12-1 at the break.
The hosts tacked on two more in the third frame and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Mustangs were down as many as three players at one point. The penalties still kept and with 30 seconds left the game was called.
“It became a safety issue,” said Mathews. “They (the Mustangs) weren’t playing lacrosse. They were head hunting.
Sean Fumai led Weston with five goals. He also had two assists. Drimal scored three and Flynn had two (one assist).
Micah Zirn, Oliver Parker, Peter Lummis, Alex Sydney and Jack Brooks scored one apiece. Matt Sargent had two assists and Luke Fleming added one.
Grant Limone and Adam Byer shared time in goal, each making two saves for Weston.
Things were much tighter when the Trojans visited Pomperaug three days earlier. Despite falling behind in the first quarter the Panthers chipped away at the lead and went up late in the action for a 5-4 win.
Alex Crowell scored his team’s lone goal of the first quarter as Weston held a 1-0 lead. Such would be its only tally until less than three minutes remained in the first half when he scored another to make it 2-2 at the break.
Weston’s last lead of the night came in the third quarter on a goal by Flynn before the Panthers tied it again. They even took the lead with 9:29 let to play.
Drimal’s goal at 3:41 tied it but only seconds later Pomperaug’s Dylan McAllister scored what turned out to be the game-winner.
Crowell scored two goals for Weston while Flynn (one assist( and Drimal had one apiece. Fumai had one assist.
Limone made 12 saves in goal for Weston.
Now 7-5, Weston hosts New Milford today (Thursday) at 6:45 p.m., is home to Fairfield Warde on Saturday at 7:30 and visits Staples on Monday at 7 in the final game of the regular season.