St. Joseph was coming on. The Cadets finally had some offensive rhythm. Fairfield Ludlowe had to withstand it.

Henry Boyd was up to it, and the Falcons finally had another win. Boyd made five saves in the fourth quarter to preserve Ludlowe's 7-5 win Tuesday at Taft Field.

The Falcons' record happens to be 7-5 now, too, after they snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We opened 5-0," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. "We needed this. ... This gets us back on track for the last third of the season."

A spread-out offense built a 6-2 lead after three quarters. Boyd made some point-blank saves after the Cadets (7-2) scored three goals in the first three minutes of the fourth.

"We've got to finish our opportunities," St. Joseph coach Joe Izzo said. "We had 14 shots in the fourth quarter. Our offense was working really well. We had a lot of layups, as we call them, and we didn't put the layups in."

The Falcons held onto the ball early in the game, stayed patient when they had to and took advantage of their opportunities when they could.

That allowed them to take a 3-1 halftime lead on second-quarter goals from John Kreitler and Connor Charles. Kreitler, Nate Ryan and Matt Howard scored in the third.

Six of the seven goals were unassisted. Five came cutting in from the corner.

"Their keeper, Tim Izzo, is a great goalie," Parisi said. "We saw what he did (17 saves) against Trumbull last week. We knew we were going to have to get in really close to be able to put the ball away."

The Cadets tried the same thing against Boyd, but he robbed Torry Burnes and Matt Marini at point-blank range in the final two minutes.

"We had to do a lot of work," Izzo said. "We had to really possess the ball to get offense."

They did it in the classic way off the fourth-quarter faceoff. Curtis McKeon kicked the draw to the left to L.J. Hunt, who rushed ahead and scored nine seconds in.

Pat Corcoran scored at 54 seconds off Marini's feed. Tyler Hardy made it 6-5 off Corcoran's quick pass. Parisi called his final timeout.

The Falcons recovered and regained a two-goal lead on Charles' second goal with 6:21 left. Boyd took over from there and was mobbed by jubilant teammates after

the buzzer.

"It's turned into a really good rivalry," said Joe Izzo, whose team had won six in a row and is moving into a tough stretch of games. "We've had a couple of OT games. The kids played really hard. Me and Parisi give each other heart attacks on

the sidelines."

Last year's meeting was one of the few blowouts in the series, a 14-5 St. Joseph win at home.

Boyd made sure this year's game was nothing like that, in score or result.