The St. Joseph boys lacrosse team has made it a habit of advancing to the CIAC Class S championship game.
This season is no exception as the No. 8 Cadets will face No. 7 Brookfield in the 2014 Class S final on Saturday at McMahon High in Norwalk at 11 a.m. St. Joseph (14-6) is in the Class S final for the fifth time in the last six years with S titles in 2009 and 2011.
St. Joseph coach Joe Izzo said a big reason for the Cadets’ post-season success is the preparation they get playing against the high caliber of competition in the very tough Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
“Playing in the FCIAC definitely improves our speed of play,” Izzo said. “In that conference we are usually playing against many Division I college recruits and usually nationally ranked teams.
“It’s great for our team to have to play against teams of that caliber.”
Among the many top players for the Cadets are New Haven area residents Ryan Corcoran, Jeff Marcantonio and Ryan Scinto who all reside in Stratford. Corcoran is a senior middie, Marcantonio a senior attackman and Scinto is a junior defenseman.
Other top players include junior goalie Mike Braddick, senior defenseman Jorge Yoguez and junior attackmen Pete Bashar and Josiah Wilson.
Brookfield (16-6) has talent front to back including a solid defense led by goalie Danny Dixon.
“The strength of our St. Joseph team has been their work ethic and focus on getting back to the championship game,” Izzo said. “This team made a commitment to each other that they want to hang a banner in the gym. Brookfield is a very good team and they have quite a few strong offensive players.
“The key to our success is to execute the game plan as a team and to minimize mistakes and turnovers. Last year this same group lost a one-goal game to Weston in the championship (9-8 loss). Just getting there is not good enough for this group. They want the championship.”