NORWALK – Entering the 2014 boys lacrosse season, St. Joseph players still felt the sting of losing to Weston by one goal in the 2013 CIAC Class S championship game.
The Cadets were on a mission to get back to the Class S final this season and they did, facing Brookfield in the 2014 Class S championship game on Saturday. In an interview prior to the game, St. Joseph coach Joe Izzo said just getting back to the final wasn’t good enough for his players. They wanted to win the championship.
And they did.
Ryan Corcoran of Stratford scored seven goals and Josiah Wilson added two goals and four assists to lead No. 8 St. Joseph to a 14-11 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Brookfield in the Class S championship game at McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field on Saturday.
The Cadets made their fifth appearance in the Class S final in the last six years and have also won titles in 2009 and 2011.
“We knew this would be a tough game, a close game,” said Corcoran, who will be playing lacrosse at Quinnipiac. “But they just weren’t used to FCIAC lacrosse and couldn’t stop us.
“This championship has been our goal all season. We didn’t celebrate after winning our semifinal game because we weren’t just happy to be here. Now we can celebrate.”
In the first quarter, the Bobcats scored the game’s first two goals with Andrew Collins scoring with 8:57 to go and Dane Heckman making it 2-0 with 6:10 to go.
Unfazed by the deficit, the Cadets responded with five straight goals to ultimately take command of the game. Corcoran scored twice in the 5-0 run and capped the run with a shot in front of the left post for a 5-2 lead with 2:27 to go in the first quarter.
The Cadets (15-6) never trailed the rest of the game. The closest the Bobcats (16-7) would get is two goals three times, including when Collins made it 13-11 with 2:14 to go in the fourth quarter.
But Corcoran scored his seventh goal with 32 seconds left in the game to seal the win.
“From the time we left this field last year and lost 9-8 to Weston in the (2013) Class S final, there has been a pit in the stomachs of all our players,” Izzo said. “This motivated and drove our players to be here.
“Our team has worked so hard all year and that hard work paid off.”
Collins had six goals for the Bobcats and Heckmann added three.