Boys lacrosse: Barlow shuts down Weston attack

The problem for Weston High boys lacrosse team was not getting to Joel Barlow’s box in a game last week. It was sinking the ball in the goal.

Despite fighting past squalls of opponents – sometimes pushing just enough to avoid the referee’s whistle — the host Trojans came away empty-handed almost every time. A lone goal was all they could muster in an 11-1 loss.

A three-minute stint on the Falcons side in the first frame yielded no goals for the Trojans. While Weston forced itself to exert pressure on the Falcon’s defense, it just could not make the necessary maneuvers for scoring. Additionally, two shots by Weston from inside the goal post that found the net were invalidated by referees.

Weston’s lone goal was scored courtesy of Richie Miller in the second quarter

Disappointment on the field subsided into brief surrealism when an unidentified fan bolted off the stands and ran across the field, shirtless, at the :26 mark.

While Weston’s attack was brought to a halt against Joel Barlow it got right back in gear when it visited New Milford two days later. The Trojans took out their frustration on the Green Wave for a 15-2 win.

The Trojans, despite not being used to playing on grass, had no problem bypassing the Green Wave’s shaky defense. They led 10-2 by halftime

Overlooking defense in favor of raw aggression, the Green Wave was not going to give up the game without dealing some damage to the Trojans. New Milford’s Paul Ezdebski crosschecked Jack Scheufele in the back. Scheufele fell to the ground, and had to be escorted off the field by Weston coach John Mathews.

“The hit looked accidental to me,” said Mathews. “But who really knows what went on?”

Back-to-back goals from Lyle Mitchell and Miller began the second frame with immediacy. Mitchell and Miller led the Trojans’ blitz with three goals each.

Before his injury, Scheufele scored two goals for Weston. Troy Flynn, who nabbed two assists, also scored two goals. Racking up three and four assists, respectively, Zach Kraft and Sean Fumai brought in one goal each. Jesse Laico, Brian Lonergan and Grey Bradshaw-Mack scored one apiece.

“We’ve been paying special attention to building up our offense during practices,” said Mathews. “It really paid off here, as this was an important win for us.”

Weston, now 8-3 overall, visits Longmeadow, Mass. on Saturday.

“We’ve never played against Longmeadow before,” said Mathews. “They have a tough reputation but we’re excited to play against them.”

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