Fairfield Prep lacrosse dominates New Jersey power Delbarton

The Fairfield Prep boys lacrosse team was thoroughly embarrassed by its performance against St. Anthony's of New York on April 10.

However, losing 14-1 in a TV game had a way of motivating the Jesuits.

Prep dominated New Jersey power Delbarton in all facets of the game in a 10-2 win on Saturday in "Checking for Cancer" in Haverford, Pa.

The Jesuits got three goals and an assist from Brendan Rotanz and also two goals and an assist from John McGoldrick as Prep improved to 4-1 on the year.

"We moved the ball really well," Rotanz said. "[McGoldrick] had some good chances and we shared it and we played as a team."

Prep flexed its muscle throughout the game, but especially on the defensive end. The Jesuits allowed just 10 shots on net, eight of which were stopped by goalie Gil Long.

"Defensively we're playing really well and our goaltender played great today," Prep Head Coach Chris Smalkais said.

The Jesuits were especially proficient with a man-down, stopping the Green Wave on all nine of their man-up situations, including a two-man advantage that Delbarton had in the third quarter.

"We played team defense," defenseman Alex Matarazzo said. "We were talking it up and on the same page. They've got good shooters there."

Prep also made the most of its man-up opportunities, scoring three times while up a man. Harrison Cotter scored a man up goal with just 42 seconds left in the first half and Prep's Mike Carey notched a man up goal just 17 seconds into the second half to keep momentum on the Jesuits' side.

The Jesuits did allow a man-down goal in the third quarter, but countered when Rotanz tallied his second goal of the game on a fast break. Rotanz took a feed from senior defender David White and beat Delbarton goalie Andrew Derenzi to make the game 7-2.

The roll that Prep went on was part of a seven goal barrage that it put on the Green Wave that lifted the Jesuits from a 1-1 tie to an 8-1 lead.

"We shot the ball really well," Rotanz said. "We did everything right today."

Smalkais was especially pleased that Prep was able to rebound with a week off of school win three games by a combined score of 36-7 including a dominant win over a team that is as strong as Delbarton. The Green Wave are ranked sixth in New Jersey according to MSG Varsity, and are always a national power in high school lacrosse, and a thorn in the Jesuits side.

"We've played these guys for several years," Smalkais said. "We want to play the best

possible schedule that we can."

"To beat them 10-2 is a huge thrill," Rotanz said.

The Jesuits used their lone loss of the season, and the fact that it was on MSG, as motivation for the past week.

"We came off a hard loss against St. Anthony's and had a great week of wins," Rotanz said.

Prep will have a difficult week ahead, as well. The Jesuits played yesterday against SCC rival Xavier and will play tomorrow against

Greenwich at 4 p.m. and then Bishop Guertin from New Hampshire comes calling on Saturday.