As the Weston High boys lacrosse team sank a goal in the tense last minute against New Fairfield, the fans deafened the opposition with a roar that comes only from certain victory.Last Thursday’s 5-4 home game featured strong performances from Trojan captains Jack Scheufele and Lyle Mitchell. Each scored two goals, with Richie Miller adding one to the scoreboard. The game stood at 4-4 by halftime.
Trojans coach John Mathews beamed as he walked off the field.
“I honestly can’t say this enough, but I’m incredibly proud of how the team played tonight,” said Mathews. “New Fairfield is a tough team to beat.”
In a well-paced defensive game rather than an aggressive offensive, Weston goalie Grant Limone factored heavily in the Trojans’ win. He nabbed 16 saves amid New Fairfield’s attack.
“The fact that New Fairfield didn’t score any goals in the second half speaks volumes for our defense,” said Mathews.
New Fairfield certainly tried to score. The field rolled like a game of tug-of-war as the visiting team exerted pressure on the Trojans, pushing hard to cluster around Limone from every angle. However, between Limone’s fast stick and the Trojans’ coordination, a Rebels victory just wasn’t in the cards that night.
“Regardless of how well we played, we’re going to take everything day by day,” said Mathews.
Weston’s game at Brookfield on Saturday was even more tense. The Trojans trailed 4-2 at halftime before tying it up in the fourth quarter and eventually winning 8-7 in overtime.
The Trojans suffered a setback in the first quarter when Mitchell left the field with a sprained ankle. He did not return for the remainder of the game,
Scheufele scored three goals, the most important being the game-winner in the extra period. Matt Brooks and Sean Fumai (one assist) each scored twice.
Zach Kraft scored a goal and Miller added an assist. Limone made nine saves in goal.
Weston, now 5-2, hosts Staples today (Thursday) at 5:45 p.m., is at Byram Hills, N.Y., on Saturday at 1 and hosts Joel Barlow on Tuesday at 6:30.