STAMFORD—It was a beacon of light in a challenging season.
“My freshman year (2015) was the last time we won this game,” Westhill High School senior goalie Jack Williamson said. “I was on the sideline and saw the great joy holding that city championship trophy. And finally, our seniors get to experience that ultimate joy.”
It was a good night for Williamson and the Vikings as they earned a 6-3 victory over intracity rival Stamford High before a rained upon crowd under the lights at historic Boyle Stadium.
TRUE WESTHILL SQUAD ON DISPLAY
The Stamford Boys Lacrosse City Championship trophy was a great reward for Westhill, now 2-12 overall and 2-8 in the FCIAC.
The Vikings’ only other triumph this season was a 7-3 win over Trinity Catholic High back on May 3.
“It’s nice to beat the city schools. It’s the first measuring stick for our program,” Westhill coach Scott Stone said. “To be the best team in the city is nice. We lost a lot of close games along the way so this is sweet. We’ve had guys banged up and injured all season. Tonight we got to see what our whole group together is capable of.”
Jake Hansen and senior tri-captain Ryan Lubowitz each had two goals to pace Westhill. AJ Laccona and Alex Edwards each tallied once.
WESTHILL DEFENSE WON THE EVENING
Stamford (4-10, 1-10 FCIAC) had more possession time and lot more shots than Westhill.
But Westhill was able to keep Stamford shooting from the perimeter with very few chances in close. Williamson registered 19 saves in the contest.
“The defense was outstanding. The only shots I saw came from great distance,” Williamson said. “(Senior tri-captain) Kevin Costello, John Hicks, the Edwards brothers (Alex, John) , Luke Rossi, everybody on defense made it easy for me. They did all the heavy lifting.”
“I’m a coach that wants to use multiple defenses. But every year each group finds one defensive style it is comfortable with,” Westhill coach Stone said. “This group loves the zone defense. And Jack (Williamson) was phenomenal behind them. I couldn’t be prouder of our group’s effort.”
TOUGH NIGHT FOR STAMFORD
Stamford has only scored eight goals in two contests this season. If you don’t score, you can’t win.
Junior goalie Baylor Bridges collected 10 saves in net for the Black Knights. Everett Dolan had two goals and Isaiah Johnson tallied once for SHS.
“We had more shots and more possessions but Westhill capitalized on the chances they had,” said Stamford coach Mike Nazzaro. “Westhill’s goalie (Jack Williamson) was awesome. The Westhill guys wanted it a little more because we had won the title in 2016 and 2017.”
WESTHILL 6, STAMFORD 3
WESTHILL 2 1 2 1—6
STAMFORD 1 0 1 1—3
Records: Westhill 2-12, 2-8 FCIAC; Stamford 4-10, 1-10 FCIAC. Scoring: W—Jake Hansen 2 goals; Kevin Costello 1 assist; Ryan Lubowitz 2g; AJ Laccona 1g; Dom Echeverria 1a; Alex Edwards 1g. S—Everett Dolan 2g; Dylan Friese 1a; Isaiah Johnson 1g. Goalies: W—Jack Williamson (19 saves). S—Baylor Bridges (10 saves). Highlights: Westhill wins Stamford city boys lacrosse title for first time since 2015. There was a moment of silence for Stamford High 2013 graduate Tamarie Sterling, who lost a battle with cancer in April 2018. Boys and girls teams from the Stamford Youth Lacrosse Association played at halftime.