NORWALK – The Greenwich boys lacrosse team and Ridgefield, a pair of skilled and familiar Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference rivals, usually provide their fans with some exciting action whenever they face off and they didn’t disappoint their fans in the CIAC Class L semifinals on Wednesday.
Will Perry scored a pair of goals and James Paradise added a goal and an assist to as No. 2 Greenwich overcame a late Tigers rally and held on for a 7-5 win over No. 3 Ridgefield at McMahon High. The Cardinals advance to the Class L final where they will face No. 9 Staples on Saturday at McMahon at a time to be determined. Staples defeated No. 5 Amity in the other semifinal.
It was the third win this season for Greenwich over Ridgefield. Greenwich won 8-7 in the regular season and 7-6 in overtime in the FCIAC tournament semifinals.
“Ridgefield is a very good team, it’s never easy to beat a team three times in the season,” Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. “The key for us tonight was patience, something we always preach, waiting for the right time to take the best shot possible.
“Our faceoffs were big tonight too with our faceoff specialist Mike Sullivan having his best game of the year. We won most of the faceoffs and getting possession is key in this game.”
Luke Perry scored with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter to give Greenwich a 7-3 lead. But the Tigers made it interesting, answering with goals by Schuyler Blair with 3:33 to go and a goal by Matt Philbin with 3:10 left to cut the Greenwich lead to 7-5.
Greenwich goalie Tom Rogan had seven saves and Ridgefield goalie Brendan Winne had 10.