Fairfield Prep lacrosse returns to form with dominant win over Amity

In its game on Tuesday against Amity, Fairfield Prep's lacrosse team was looking to overcome a disappointing loss on Saturday to New York power, Chaminade.

The Jesuits responded in a big way, with a 16 goal first half as Prep blasted SCC rival Amity, 19-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

"We rebounded nicely from Saturday," Prep Coach Chris Smalkais said. "I thought we did a good job moving the ball early today."

Senior Griff McGoldrick scored five times and assisted on three goals and Brendan Rotanz added four goals and an assist as the Jesuits improved to 11-2 on the year. Both Jesuits' losses have come against schools from New York.

"Anytime you lose a game, you want to get back on track right away," McGoldrick said. "It felt good to come out here and get back to what we're used to."

The game was not a cakewalk from the start for Prep, though, Amity's Gabe Nudel put the Spartans ahead 1-0 when he netted a goal just 2:50 into the game.

"We don't want to get behind at any point in a game," McGoldrick said. "When we do it wakes us up and gets us going."

Prep did get going just a minute later on a goal by Conner Byrne. Rotanz potted his first goal just 14 seconds later and Prep went on a six goal barrage that sent the Jesuits well on their way. Prep led 7-2 at the end of the first.

"We're starting to get back on track," McGoldrick said.

McGoldrick went on a three goal streak himself in the second quarter that put Prep ahead 11-2. McGoldrick scored his final goal of the game to put Prep up 14-3.

Byrne scored three goals, and Mike Carey added a pair of goals as well. Charles Leitner, Matt Brophy, Tyler Cox and Harrison Cotter all tallied as well. Matt Mendencino added an assist and his first career varsity goal.

"We're finding some more talent in our varsity program that will hopefully help us come playoff time," Smalkais said.

Prep will close its regular season next week with games against archrival Cheshire and New Fairfield. The Jesuits will likely be the No. 1 seed when the SCC Playoffs begin a week from Monday.

"We've got two of the best teams in the state next week," McGoldrick said. "We definitely need to work hard to win those games to get us ready for the playoffs."

But until then Prep will play tomorrow at New Jersey power Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J. at 1 p.m.

"We're excited to go to New Jersey and play one of New Jersey's better high school teams," Smalkais said.