With Quinn Warwick winning the majority of the faceoffs he took, Greenwich High School’s boys lacrosse team had plenty of opportunities to generate goals against visiting Ridgefield on Saturday, yet it was the Tigers that made the most of their chances.
Brothers Kyle and Ryan Colsey made sure Ridgefield did so.
Kyle, a sophomore, scored a game-high six goals, while, Ryan, a senior tallied three times for Ridgefield, which registered an impressive 14-8 win over Greenwich at Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals and Tigers each sport a record of 5-3 eight games into the season. Senior attack Bryce Metalios recorded two goals, freshman attack Mikey Brescia had two goals and two assists and senior midfielder Quinn Warwick was a strong 18 for 23 on faceoffs for Greenwich.
“We played well, we had a couple of bad turnovers and a couple of shots that didn’t fall,” Greenwich coach Bobby Lutz said. “The game plan was to get possessions and Quinn played great and won faceoffs for us and got us extra possessions, but we were sloppy at times. We have to hit our spots when shooting otherwise we are making it too easy for the better goalies. It was a tough loss with not taking advantage of Quinn dominating at the faceoff X, but Ridgefield is a very talented group with their players back and healthy.”
The Tigers, who held an 8-5 lead at halftime, received stellar play from senior goalie Matthew Shepard and were solid defensively throughout. Ridgefield’s settled offense was also sharp against Greenwich’s zone defense and it capitalized on several opportunities in transition.
“We always do a good job against a zone, I’m a zone coach,” Ridgefield coach Roy Colsey said. “I’ve got smart kids that understand zone movement and how to operate. We still made some mistakes. I thought their goalie played pretty well and their faceoff guy was good. That was a good Greenwich team that competed hard. I’m glad to get the win.”
Ridgefield struck first, getting a goal from senior Josiah deGrasse, then Greenwich tied the score at 1-1 when Brescia scored with 7:29 remaining in the opening quarter. Metalios weaved his way past a pair of defenders and scored from close in, putting GHS on top, 2-1 midway through the first period, but Ridgefield’s Christopher Reinhardt knotted the score by converting a shot from 10 yards out at the 4:40 mark.
A goal from Declan Tobin, a junior, gave the visitors the advantage for good at 3-2 with 31 seconds left in the first quarter. Kyle Colsey began is scoring surge, tallying with 9:31 to go in the second quarter and at the 8:28 mark – capitalizing on a Cardinals turnover – making it 5-2.
Brescia scored off a pass from Metalios, then senior midfielder Flynn Milledge spun away from a defender before burying a shot from 10 yards away, bringing the Cards to within 5-4 with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter. Ridgefield, however, succeeded at regaining the momentum every time Greenwich made the score close. Goals from senior Luke Winkler, Kyle Colsey and Ryan Colsey put the Tigers on top, 8-4, heading into halftime.
“It was just about decision making,” coach Colsey said of his squad’s ability to play from in front. “We were making enough stops on defense, so if we could clear the ball we can control the momentum.”
The visitors were able to maintain their lead in the second half, behind two more goals apiece from Kyle and Ryan Colsey, the coach’s sons.
Senior midfielder Flynn Milledge, Warwick, senior midfielder Wesley Zolin and Pilc had one goal apiece for the Cardinals.
“I think we tried to play too antsy today,” Warwick said. “If we were down a goal, we would try to get it back too quick. I suffered from the same mistakes. I was shooting a couple of more times than I should have off the faceoff rather than passing and it caused us some possessions. We really have to value them when we get them.”
Said Milledge: “They definitely play a pretty unique zone defense and they were playing man as well. They are definitely pretty versatile on defense. Our true weakness was our shot placement. We got a ton of shots on goal, we just dipped our hands so the goalie was able to save it.
“Matthew Shepard – amazing goalie very skilled – but we definitely have to work on our shot placement. We’re right there with them. I definitely see a ton of hope for our future. Everyone was up and grinding, everyone was confident. Also, we got to the net a ton today. I’m happy with what we’re looking like right now.”
Senior Charlie Zola made four saves in goal for Greenwich. Ridgefield, which has won two straight, hosts Trumbull on Tuesday. Greenwich visits Stamford on Tuesday.
“It was a closer game than the score shows due to easy goals in the end once we had to pushout, but the defense is learning and getting better each day,” Lutz said. “5-3 at the halfway point isn’t terrible based on the how good those three teams are, but we really need to focus on the fundamentals in practice over the next two weeks when we do not have as many games on the schedule.”
“In the future, I could see us making a great playoff run,” Warwick noted. “We are all smart and we are all great IQ players and in time we are going to get much better.”