A championship-caliber game came early in the state Class S tournament for the Weston High boys lacrosse team.
The 15th-seeded Trojans got tested in the opening round against fellow South-West Conference member Brookfield on Wednesday, May 29. They were indeed up for the challenge, holding the lead for almost the entire contest in an 11-7 upset win, their first of two last week.
“Our offense stepped up today,” said Weston head coach John Mathews, whose team lost to Brookfield 12-5 during the regular season. “They certainly did.”
The Trojans went on the attack early, scoring first courtesy of Troy Flynn’s goal with 10:26 left in the first quarter. Although the Bobcats’ Liam Clancy tied it only seconds later it marked the only time Weston did not have the lead.
From that point on the Trojans kept at least a step or two ahead of the competition, ending the first quarter up 3-1 with a goal by Austin Drimal.
Brookfield narrowed the gap a bit in the next frame but with Sean Fumai (two goals) and Eli Page stepping up Weston held the lead at 6-5 at halftime.
After Flynn scored early in the second half the Bobcats were called for slashing, putting them temporarily down a player. Weston took advantage of the situation with Drimal taking the rebound of a shot by Grey Bradshaw-Mack and sent it in the net for an 8-5 advantage with 3:44 left in the third quarter.
With a four-goal lead under its belt Weston had a comfortable cushion going into the last frame. The Bobcats did get the last word in on a goal with one second left as the Trojans advanced to the next round.
Fumai and Drimal led Weston with three goals apiece. The former also had an assist.
Flynn and Page each scored two with an assist. Miller scored one.
Russ Kirchenbaum, Bradshaw-Mack and Turkel had one assist apiece.
Grant Limone made 12 saves in goal for Weston.
The Trojans actually had more of a challenge against seventh-seeded East Catholic on Saturday. A slight scoring advantage in the third quarter was the difference as the Trojans held on to win 10-9 in Manchester.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie after one quarter and 6-6 at halftime before the visitors went up 9-6 in the third.
Fumai’s goal in the fourth quarter put Weston up 10-8. East Catholic got one back but came no closer.
Fumai led Weston with four goals. He also had three assists.
Flynn and Page scored two goals apiece. Miller (one assist) and Micah Zirn scored one each.
Peter Lummis added an assist.
Limone had eight saves in goal for Weston. Should it win its semifinal game it will face the winner of the Stonington/St. Joseph game for the championship on Saturday at Brien McMahon High in Norwalk at a time to be determined.