NORWALK >> During the regular season, the Somers boys lacrosse team usually took a while to get its offense clicking.
The trend continued on Saturday in the Class S championship game against Waterford at McMahon High’s Casagrande Field. Leading by only a goal after the first quarter, Somers coach Ken McCarthy made some adjustments to limit turnovers, create more ball movement and settle down the offense.
The Spartans went on to score the first six goals of the second quarter to take control of the game.
Domenic Giachello and brother Dante Giachello had five goals each and Christian Paley added four goals to lead No. 1 Somers to a 19-5 win over No. 2 Waterford for the Spartans’ second straight Class S title and fifth state title overall.
“This has happened to us this season, where we get down early against teams and then need to make some adjustments to bounce back,” McCarthy said. “In the last three quarters today, we settled in on offense, stopped the turnovers, played with the ball more and ran an open crease.
“I knew our guys would respond. Scoring those goals early in the second quarter gave us momentum and our kids feed on momentum. I am proud of our kids. Every year it’s a different team and I just feel fortunate to be their coach.”
Somers also won Division II titles in 1996 and 1997 and another Class S title in 2006.
Somers dominated the face offs, ground balls and possession to take control of the game in the second quarter.
Somers led 3-2 after the first quarter. The Spartans scored six unanswered goals to start the second quarter to set themselves up for the easy win. Domenic Giachello scored his third goal of the game to give the Spartans a 9-2 lead with 3:08 to go in the second quarter.
Waterford’s top scorer Logan Bowdish scored with 1:19 to go in the second quarter to cut Somers lead to 9-3. But Paley answered with a goal with 3 seconds left in the half for a 10-3 lead at halftime.
The Spartans scored nine unanswered goals in the second half with Riley Miller giving the Spartans a 19-3 lead with 3:06 to go in the fourth quarter.
Bowdish led the Lancers with three goals