GUILFORD — For almost 9 minutes Monday night, things were very interesting at Kavanaugh Field.
Host Guilford was outplaying and beating fifth-ranked and two-time defending CIAC Class L champion Fairfield Prep, 2-0. But the Jesuits scored the next eight goals en route to an 11-7 Southern Connecticut Conference boys’ lacrosse victory.
“I was satisfied with our start, but there are peaks and valleys in this game,” Guilford coach Brian White said. “We had our fair chances tonight, but you have to capitalize on those things.”
Guilford (4-3) took advantage of a couple of Fairfield Prep penalties. After a taking a timeout, the Indians worked the ball around to K.C. Horton, who scored his first goal of the season after spending the first six games on the sidelines due to injuries. That came with 5:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Just 1:40 later, John Altieri blasted a shot past Jesuits’ goalkeeper Logan Cotter (nine saves) to give Guilford its 2-0 lead.
“We committed a lot of penalties, but I just don’t think we’re very focused right now,” said Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais, whose team is now 6-2 with both losses to out of state teams. “We need to be more focused and our lacrosse IQ is constantly developing.”
John Edmonds got the Jesuits on the board with 3:24 to play in the quarter and just 40 seconds later freshman attacker Chris Brown added the first of his three goals on the night to tie things up at 2-2.
Fairfield Prep then took complete control in the second quarter, scoring five unanswered goals with Brown contributing a pair.
“The kids have to come out and compete,” White said. “It’s hard to drill it into the kids to ignore the name on the shirt. Sometimes we got wrapped into the fact that we’re playing Fairfield Prep.”
On the other hand, Smalkais thought the Jesuits could have had an even bigger lead at the break.
“We had some scoring chances, but we just didn’t finish them,” Smalkais said. “We need to play with more enthusiasm.”
Guilford finally was able to score again with 3:21 left in the third quarter on a goal by Robert LoRicco, but the Jesuits answered with three straight goals, including Edmonds’ second goal, to make it 11-3 with 5:40 left. With Fairfield Prep’s backups in the game, Guilford tacked on four goals to end the game.
Despite the win, Smalkais said he isn’t pleased with the way his defense has been communicating.
“It’s like a band. We’ve got a new drummer, a new bass player, a new guitar player and a new percussionist,” Smalkais said. “We need to put it all together so our band sounds like something and we’re on the same page making the same classic music. Right now, we’re off key and have lost our voice.”
Guilford sophomore goalkeeper James Bright had 13 saves and kept the Indians in the game in the first half.
“Jimmy is amazing,” White said. “He just does so many good things.”