WALLINGFORD >> What was a rough week ended on the right note for the North Haven boys’ lacrosse team.
The Indians, who were ranked in the New Haven Register Top 10 for the first time in each of the last two weeks and were ninth last week, had suffered back-to-back losses to Southern Connecticut Conference brethren Xavier, 12-6, and Fairfield Prep, 13-5.
But North Haven (10-3) rebounded Friday at Riccitelli Field with a dominating 15-6 victory over Sheehan to break the two-game losing streak. The contest was moved to Wallingford due to wet and unplayable grounds at the North Haven Athletic Complex.
“Those were two tough losses to two great teams,” North Haven coach Eric Bailey said. “Today was about getting a good run against a good up-and-coming team. And it was a good chance to get our young guys in who don’t get a chance to play much.”
North Haven took early leads of 3-0 after one quarter and 9-2 at the half as it was able to take advantage of numerous Sheehan turnovers. Cole Pecora had two goals and three assists in the opening 24 minutes, while Chris Broadbent added a pair of scores.
“When they were clearing the ball, we were riding them and we had guys in spots where we were able to get a loose ball,” Bailey said. “One or two passes and we were able to get it close to the cage where we could bury it.”
Nate Carney had both Sheehan goals in the first half.
“They were really locking down my middies and we had a hard time clearing the ball,” Sheehan coach Dan Wostbrock said. “And when we had possession, we made unforced errors often and they capitalized.”
North Haven scored five more times in the third quarter to take a 14-3 lead as Bailey pulled his starters to allow his reserves to get playing time. Broadbent added his third goal, while Nick Campanelli scored his second goal. Jake Kastenhuber scored three times in the third quarter as well for the Indians.
Bobby Carey had three goals in the fourth quarter for Sheehan (7-8), which is in its first season at the varsity level after six seasons as a club team.
“We’ve progressed from guys who want to go around and hit people to a competitive team,” Wostbrock said. “We just wanted to be respectable today.”
Sheehan goalie Dan Hennessey was peppered with numerous hard shots from less than 15 yards out in the first half. He ended up facing 27 shots in the game and recorded six saves.
“They got a lot of looks top side crease, but they were just dunking on our goalie and there’s not a lot we can do about it,” Wostbrock said.
North Haven goalkeeper Josh Back had five saves in three quarters.