With three games remaining in the regular season, the Greenwich High School boys lacrosse team is in prime position as the all-important postseason rapidly approaches.
The Cardinals sport a record of 10-3 through 13 games, after posting a significant road win against Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday and downing Danbury on Senior Night at Cardinal Stadium yesterday.
Greenwich’s 20-1 Senior Night victory against Danbury was about getting all 19 of the squad’s seniors a chance to shine on the special night and the seniors certainly flourished.
“We’re still working out some kinks here and there, but we had a good win on Saturday to build on momentum of getting ready for the end of the season,” Greenwich coach Bobby Lutz said. “We have 19 seniors and it’s a great group, it’s really fun to coach them and they are all good friends and they bring a tremendous amount of team chemistry and sportsmanship. They are a very good group of kids and they are having fun, it’s been a fun season.”
In last night’s FCIAC matchup against Danbury, which saw Greenwich earn its fifth straight triumph, the home team bolted to a 14-0 first-half lead, scoring early and often.
Senior midfielder James Pilc registered four goals and two assists, senior attack Bryce Metalios tallied three goals and three assists, senior defensive midfielder Jake Carifa recorded a hat trick and senior midfielder Wesley Zolin had one goal and two assists for the surging Cardinals, who appreciated their Senior Night.
“It’s awesome to honor the seniors and all the guys who come to practice every day and that’s really special,” said Pilc, one of the Cards’ five captains. “We got a lot of guys goals tonight, which was nice.”
Metalios, also a captain, scored all three of his goals during the first several minutes of the game. He tallied Greenwich’s first three goals of the matchup and dominating possession, the Cardinals cruised from there.
“We’ve taken care of business in all of our games we’re supposed to win, so it’s been awesome to take care of business in these games we’re supposed to win and come out firing,” said Metalios, Greenwich’s leading scorer this season.
Freshman attack Mike Brescia posted one goal and one assist, as did junior attackman Brian Collins and senior midfielder Nate Duffy for the Cards. Senior midfielder/captain Flynn Milledge, senior captain/midfielder Quinn Warwick, attack Reid Anderson (senior) Aidan Sama (senior defensive middie), Josh Grjalba (senior) and senior defensive middie Sam Sardone each added one goal in the win. Senior defensive midfielder John Scarlata assisted on a goal.
“Today was business as usual,” said Warwick, who was 9 for 12 on faceoffs. “Our upcoming schedule is the hardest road we’re going to face this season. It’s a good way to prepare us and to show everyone how good we are. The FCIAC is great this year and we’re have a great record and we are going to play some great teams and we should get a pretty high seed.”
Indeed, the Cardinals will be challenged their final three games of the regular season. They will travel to Somers High School (N.Y.) on Wednesday, visit Wilton on Saturday and then conclude their regular season with a home game against Darien on May 17.
“That Ludlowe win two days ago (an 11-6 victory) was definitely a big step for us, showing that we can beat top teams in the state,” said Milledge, also a captain. “We’re really looking forward to our upcoming games. A top New York team in Somers and Wilton and Darien – should be some challenges for us. I’m definitely feeling good about where we are. Our intensity is there, we’re just really coming together at the right time.”
Chemistry has been one of the Cardinals’ best assets so far this season.
“It’s been awesome, it’s been incredible to be with these guys,” Metalios said. “This is the closest knit family we’ve ever had and we all believe each other and trust in each other.”
Said Pilc: “We finish the season with three really tough games against good opponents, so we’re really looking forward to those and the playoffs.”
Sophomore Lane Critchell was 5 for 6 on faceoffs, while Scarlata was 4 for 4 in the winning effort. Senior captain Charlie Zola and senior Kevin Keaveney shared the goalkeeping duties.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Zola said of the season. “It’s a pretty close knit family and it’s been fun to lead the defense this year as the only defensive captain. At the beginning of the year we began with more of a man look, then we switched to zone look and we have become much better at the defensive end. I think we’re proving that we’re just as good defensively as we are offensively.”