GLASTONBURY — A strong first half by a young lacrosse team is exactly what Glastonbury needed today.
The Tomahawks built confidence early and dominated South Windsor in all facets of the game, winning 13-3 on the turf field at Glastonbury High School.
“I thought we got off to a good start,” Glastonbury coach Scott Hinchey said. “We struggle a little bit in some of our games, we come out and are tense. I think we played pretty loose early, moved the ball and made the right plays lacrosse wise. Finding the open guy and we hit the cage.”
The Tomahawks definitely hit the cage. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter with two goals from senior Ryan Babiak and another from sophomore Jake Madnick.
“I think we got some good quality looks on goal early and that gave us a lot of confidence,” Hinchey said.
South Windsor (6-2) had trouble finding the net all day, although it was only out-shot 18-16.
Jack Amato got the Bobcats got on the board with 4:20 left in the first.
“We didn’t settle in. We kind of came out flat,” South Windsor coach Jon Giordano said. “We made a lot of defensive mistakes.”
Glastonbury (5-3) settled right in and kept on scoring in the second quarter.
Babiak completed the hat trick with a goal a minute and half into the second quarter and then four more goals flew in for Glastonbury while the defense held South Windsor scoreless in the second quarter.
Michael Hawkins, one of the seven freshman on the team, scored with 8:58 on the clock to give the Tomahawks a 6-1 lead.
“We have a younger group,” Hinchey said. “If we do well, they get in a groove. If we don’t, they sort of tense up a little bit and so I think the difference is we got off to a good start today.”
At the half, Glastonbury led South Windsor, 8-1.
“We weren’t taking care of the ball and supporting the ball on offense,” Giordano said. “So you dig yourself into a little bit of a hole and it’s hard to get out of.”
The hole only got bigger for the Bobcats in the second half.
Less than a minute into the third, Madnick scored his second goal of the game off a feed from Alex Balboni.
South Windsor did a few things that made Giordano happy. It scored goals in each the third and fourth quarters. But the Tomahawks were too strong the entire game.
“When we did execute, I was pleased with it. It’s just a matter of more consistency,” Giordano said.
Glastonbury won 14 of 19 faceoffs. Even those it didn’t win, its defense was able to force turnovers.
“Our defense did a good job in our clearing game,” Hinchey said. “They forced some turnovers and got the ball up and out pretty quickly.”
In the final minute of the third quarter, Matthew Greer scored for South Windsor to make it 11-3. The game, however, was thoroughly in the Glastonbury’s hands.
Two more home team goals in the fourth put it away for good.
“Their a great team,” Giodano said of Glastonbury. “I’m not taking anything away from them. They’re going to execute and they have some players who can move the ball and shoot well.”
The Tomahwaks don’t have much time to rest as they are back on the field Friday night as they welcome an out-of-state opponent, Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse (N.Y.)
South Windsor has a tough schedule next week. They travel to Somers on Monday and then No. 6 Simsbury on Wednesday.