NORWALK >> Despite scoring the first four goals of the game, the Greenwich boys lacrosse players and coaches knew in the end it wasn’t going to be easy to beat Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference rival Staples in the CIAC Class L championship game on Saturday.
As expected, the Wreckers would scratch their way back into the game. But the Wreckers would never take a lead in the game or overcome the early four-goal spurt by the Cardinals.
Luke Finneran had five goals and an assist, Will Perry had three goals and goalie Tom Rogan made 12 saves to lead No. 2 Greenwich to a 13-10 win over No. 9 Staples for the Class L championship at Mcmahon’s Jack Casagrande Field.
The Cardinals (20-3) win their first state championship.
“We all knew Staples would not walk away and give up just because we scored the first four goals,” Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. “We just had to get through the unsettled parts of the game and do our best to keep the lead.
“Luke had a big game but I expect that from because he’s our trigger guy. This is just such a great feeling to win this title because I know how hard our senior class worked for this.”
The Cardinals dominated the possession the first quarter to come away with their 4-0 lead. Bobby Goggin scored 1:56 into the game, Ryan Flippin made it 2-0 with 9:19 to go and James Paradise scored with 3:51 left in the first quarter and again with 46 seconds to go.
Pete Blevins answered for Staples 42 seconds into the second quarter to make it 4-1, Will Johnson cut the score in half at 4-2 and Tucker Bobrow scored for Staples to cut the lead to 4-3.
The score stayed close and tight right up until Staples’ Pat Lesch scored with 6:13 left in the third quarter to cut Greenwich’s lead to 7-6. The Cardinals would score the next four goals capped by a Finneran goal with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter for an 11-6 lead to take command of the game.
“We knew Staples was a great team and we had to work hard for the win,” Finneran said. “I’m really proud of my team because it took a great effort to win this. It’s a great accomplishment.
“Scoring five goals and contributing is a great feeling. But it was really the result of my teammates with their passing and distributing and providing the opportunities to score.”
Johnson ended up with three goals and Pat Lesch and Michael Reale each had a goal and two assists for the Wreckers (15-6). Goalie Cole Gendels had 12 saves.