Greenwich’s boys lacrosse team’s season ended in tough fashion on Wednesday.
After tying the score against host Fairfield Prep by scoring a goal with just over 30 seconds remaining, the Jesuits tallied with three seconds remaining and posted a 10-9 victory over the Cardinals in the first round of the CIAC Class L Tournament.
Fairfield Prep, the No. 8 seed, plays Darien, the No. 1 seed in Saturday’s 3 p.m. quarterfinals. Ninth-seeded Greenwich finished its season with a record of 11-6.
“We played great, we lost on a shot from outside with three seconds left,” Greenwich coach Bobby Lutz said. “It was a complete game by our team and I’m proud of their performance. We just came up short at the end.”
Marco Firmender, a sophomore midfielder, scored the game-winning goal for Fairfield Prep. Junior midfielder Quinn Warwick sparked Greenwich offensively, scoring a team-high four goals.
“Quinn was shooting all over the field, he had a very strong game,” Lutz said. “He had all four of his goals in the second half.”
Warwick, who also totaled 11 faceoff wins, tied the score at 9-9 when he tallied off a dodge from the wing with just more than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Junior midfielder James Pilc recorded a hat trick with an assist, while sophomore attack Brian Collins and junior attack Bryce Metalios added one goal apiece for Greenwich.
Senior midfielder Will Montesi assisted on a goal and junior Charlie Zola made seven saves in goal. Greenwich took the field with heavy hearts. Chris Andrea, a Greenwich native, who served as one of the team’s assistant coaches, died on May 28 at the age of 33.
A graduate of Trinity-Pawling and Fairfield University, Andrea also coached with the Greenwich Youth Lacrosse organization, along with the Greenwich High team. He played lacrosse at both Trinity-Pawling and Fairfield University. He resided in Stamford with his wife Jamie Lamborn.
“It was emotional, it’s been a tough time for our team,” Lutz said. “Chris was a young guy, who had a great rapport with the kids. He was in charge of all of our team’s social media and he did so much for our program. The team was playing for him.”
The game marked the final one in the careers of the squad’s seniors, including its captains – Montesi, Jack Cook, Chris Cataldo, John Cataldo and Jimmy O’Malley.
“It was definitely an emotional season,” Lutz said. “This group was such a great team to coach. “Everyone knew how special this team was. They played hard and we are going to really miss our seniors, who meant so much to the team.”