CHESHIRE >> Brookfield’s boys lacrosse team defeated East Catholic 11-7 in the semifinals of the Class S state tournament at the Maclary Complex to advance to their first title game in school history.
The Bobcats, the lone SWC representative in an FCIAC-dominated lacrosse field, will play St. Joseph for the Class S title Saturday at 11 a.m. at McMahon High School in Norwalk.
“It’s the biggest one this program’s ever had,” Brookfield coach Brian Loftus said of the win. “It feels good for us to be there.”
The Bobcats came out of the gate fast, just as they had planned.
“You have to come out, put in three or four goals immediately,” Loftus said. “And we did that.”
Brookfield scored three goals in the first six minutes of play before East Catholic could get one. Liam Clancy and Thomas Petrellese both scored the first goals of their hat trick along with Dane Heckmann, who finished with two goals.
“We started out in a zone and it didn’t work,” East Catholic coach Glenn Boggini said. “We went down 3-0, so we changed it.”
After the adjustment, the Eagles got two quick goals. Patrick Hills and Trevor Wilcox cut the deficit to one, but East Catholic couldn’t seem to gain any momentum.
Brookfield scored twice in the second quarter to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.
“You score, you get the momentum,” Boggini said.
Three goals in each of the final two quarters for Brookfield sealed the win.
East Catholic got three late in the fourth quarter, but by that time it was too late.
“Sad to go down,” Boggini said. “But someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose and they were good. They were better than us today.”
This season was also the most successful for East Catholic. The Eagles advanced to their school’s first state semifinal game.
“We’re making good strides,” Boggini said. “We’ll be back here next year, I’m confident. We have a great goalie and we have a lot of sophomore’s that are going to be juniors.”