STAMFORD — The seniors get to continue to chase glory.
The King School boys lacrosse team advanced to the NEPSAC McCoy Cup semifinals Monday by conquering Wooster School, 10-5 before a wet but happy home crowd.
The win means that King (7-5) will travel to battle Fairchester Athletic Association rival Hamden Hall Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in the NEPSAC McCoy Cup semifinals/West Division final. Hamden Hall advanced Monday by downing Rocky Hill, 16-3.
“For those of us who play football as well, this just brings things around full circle,” said King senior goalie Chris Della Jacono. “It always seems to come down to us and Hamden Hall. The bottom line is if we want to be the best team in NEPSAC, we have to beat the best teams to do that.”
King defeated Wooster Monday in front-running fashion.
King dominated in the faceoff circle behind the work of Ken Dyson Jr., Jack McOsker and Jacob Mizhen. The extra offensive possessions allowed King to lead 4-2 after one period and 8-3 at halftime.
“Winning faceoffs is such a critical part of lacrosse. Kenny Dyson did a tremendous job,” King coach Marc Saracino said. “The extra opportunities got our offense going well.”
Dyson Jr. paced the King attack with three goals. Chris Gaine (two assists), Jacob Cohen (one assist) and Jack McOsker each added two goals. Tim Landis scored the other Viking goal.
“For the seniors, it was our last home game ever on this field,” Dyson Jr. said. “After we lost in the opening round of the FAA Tournament, we felt very fortunate to get this chance to keep playing. So it was all about hard work.”
Any hope of a Wooster comeback was stymied by Della Jacono (12 saves). King’s defense also did a nice job keeping the Wooster offense out on the perimeter.
“Coach Mac (King assistant coach in charge of defense Mark McAndrews) has the motto ‘Protect the House!’ ” King goalie Della Jacono said. “Our defense really protected the crease area in front of me. Pushing the offense out further is our game.”
Wooster coach Bill Rexford agreed that King had too many answers Monday.
“We had a plan. But King executed their plan very well,” Rexford said. “It was King’s day. I tip my cap to them. We were running uphill all game.”
Heavy rain fell in the opening five minutes of the third quarter which ended with King ahead 10-3.
GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR WOOSTER
Wooster concludes its season at 10-6 overall. The Generals were the Housatonic Valley Athletic League champs. Jacob Smith had two goals while junior goalie Chris Hoban registered 10 saves.
“It was a great season. And today was a great experience for our young team,” Wooster coach Rexford said. “This is just one part of the growth of our program. We have a big percentage of kids returning next season. We will keep climbing the ladder. These kids want to work hard. And that makes it enjoyable for me.”