NORWALK >> As the fans settled into their seats at Casagrande Field there was a sense of it being yet another nip and tuck affair likely to come down to the final possession or two as rivals St. Joseph and Weston met in the Class S boys’ lacrosse final for the fourth time since 2009.
However, the 10th-seeded Cadets decided to change the script as they had runs of six and five unanswered goals en route to a convincing 14-5 victory on Saturday afternoon.
“Weston and us have a great rivalry, all the games seem to be close and we always seem to see them in state championships,” St. Joseph senior goalie Mike Braddick said. “For us to come out and be a part of this rivalry, it is just a great feeling.
“We had a game plan coming in and everybody came in and did their justs to the best of their ability. Everybody did their part and nobody tried to do too much and we got it done.”
The teams played in the Class S finals in 2009, 2010 and 2013. All three games were decided by one goal with Weston emerging victorious in two of those games.
After Weston’s Austin Drimal tied the game early in the second quarter, St. Joseph’s speedy group of attacker went to work. Senior Preston Ouellette had all four of his goals as the Cadets ripped off six straight goals in the second quarter quarter and early stage of the third period. Peter Bashar, who had the only goal in the first quarter, hit the back of the net again, Mike Sudora had a goal while Mike Brennan and Colin Powell combined for three assists for the Cadets (14-6).
Weston (12-8) responded by scoring three of the next four goals before Sudora scored twice i 38 seconds to end any hoppes of a Weston comeback.
“We came out really strong in the first half and continued it in the second half,” said Sudora, who matched Ouellette with four goals. “Our defense was amazing, Mike Braddick in goal he was great. Our defense gave us so much possession and we just capitalized on everything.
“We just kept putting them away and our defense kept stopping them. We had the ball a lot, kept moving around a lot and it was awesome.”
Nine of the 14 goals came from seniors for the Cadets putting the caper on an impressive four-year run for the senior class.
“It is something we have worked so hard for,” Braddick said. “To have this be your last high school game it is just amazing.”
Alex Crowell had three goals for Weston.
St. Joseph 14, Weston 5
Weston 0 1 3 1 — 5
St. Joseph 1 5 5 3 — 14
Goals: (SJ) Mike Sudora 4; Preston Ouellette 4; Pete Bashar 2; Patrick Battista 1; Colin Powell 1; Chris Klabonski 1; Mike Brennan 1; (WST) Alex Crowell 3; Austin Drimal 2;
Assists: (SJ) Mike Brennan 2; Patrick Battista 1; (SJ) Colin Powell 1;
Team records—St. Joseph 14-6; Weston 12-8