Greenwich didn’t have much time to reflect on Wednesday’s loss against FCIAC boys lacrosse foe Darien, as it was right back in action on Thursday.
And the Cardinals promptly got right back on the winning track.
Behind a 14-goal first half, Greenwich won for the fifth time in six games, cruising to a 20-6 triumph against Stamford at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals (5-3) were paced by senior attack John Cataldo’s five goals and a hat trick by junior attackman Bryce Metalios.
“It was definitely tough to bounce back from yesterday (Wednesday), but we did a good job,” said Metalios, who scored all of his goals in the first half. “We played hard and it was good to bounce back from our loss to Darien. We have to move past it and keep going forward.”
Cataldo scored all five of his team-high five goals during the first half of action for the Cardinals, who led 14-4 at halftime. Junior midfielder James Pilc tallied two goals and two assists in the opening half, while junior midfielder Wesley Zolin had one goal and one assist.
The Cards exhibited solid execution throughout on both ends of the field.
“It was nice to see the ball movement and the team chemistry,” Cardinals coach Bobby Lutz said. “We played everybody and everyone went in and played well.”
Stamford (3-7) got four goals from senior Jason Bacco. Junior Ross Falcon added a goal for Stamford.
“Stamford is really young and they have potential, they put six goals in on our ‘D,'” Lutz said.
Ahead 14-4, Greenwich added to its advantage on junior Flynn Milledge’s goal 38 seconds into the second half. After a Stamford tally, senior midfielder Jack Cook bounced a shot home, making it 16-5.
Senior James Rinello tallied back-to-back goals, upping Greenwich’s lead to 18-5 at the end of the third quarter. Sophomore Brian Collins assisted on five goals, Cook tallied twice, Zolin had one goal and one assist and Rinello scored a pair of goals. Junior midfielder Nathan Duffy and senior middie Lucas Christensen added a goal apiece, while Milledge scored twice in the winning effort.
“We were moving the ball well and playing well as a team,” Metalios said. “When we are moving the ball well there are not many teams that could stop us.”
Senior Will Clemens made five saves in goal for Greenwich, which hosts Fairfield Warde on Saturday at 3 p.m.
“Saturday is a must win, Warde is a good team, but it’s a much-needed FCIAC win,” Metalios said. “We have to play well, play good ‘D’ and continue to move the ball well.”
Said Lutz: “We have to be the Greenwich that played against Ridgefield every day.”