No hangover for Fairfield Prep lacrosse in win over state rival Greenwich
Updated 2:52 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Just two days after pulling off one of the biggest tri-state area lacrosse upsets in years, Fairfield Prep worried about a letdown against Greenwich.
After a half, the Jesuits worried about letting the Cardinals hang around and after three quarters, they were fearful of a Greenwich comeback.
But after the game, Prep could, again, breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Jesuits forward Matt Brophy scored four goals, and assisted on four others as Prep held off Class L rival Greenwich, 14-8 at Alumni Field.
"We knew Greenwich could bring it," Brophy said. "We couldn't overlook them."
The Jesuits outscored Greenwich 5-1 in the fourth quarter after the Cardinals crept to within two after three. Junior attack David White scored two of his three goals in the fourth, Kevin Brown tallied twice and Tim Edmonds recorded four goals and recorded three assists.
"We had a lot of scoring chances," Prep coach Chris Smalkais said. "We did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half."
Prep goalie Mike Seelye stopped 12 shots as the Jesuits improved to 10-1, just two days after shocking The No. 9 team in Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Rankings, Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-10.
"That was a huge win for us," Brophy said of the victory over the Long Island lacrosse power that had beaten Greenwich earlier in the season. "This was the step we wanted to take after that."
"My goalie played out of his mind," Greenwich goalie Scott Bulkley said. "He bailed us out of a lot of situations."
The Cardinals dropped to 6-7, losing their second straight. Those losses have come against the Nos. 2 and 1 teams in the state, Prep and Darien.
"They're a good team," Bulkley said. "We're getting there."
Fears of a hangover lingered for Prep, especially as the Jesuits trailed 2-1 after one. Prep outshot the Cards 22-6 in the first half, yet only led on the scoreboard 4-3 after 24 minutes. Fisher kept the Cardinals in the game, as Prep maintained offensive possession for most of the first half.
"Their zone defense took some getting used to," Brophy said. "We had to be patient."
"We didn't finish our chances," Smalkais said.
When Greenwich finally did get the ball, the Cardinals were sloppy with it.
"Our offense just could not find its rhythm today," Bulkley said. "We were turning the ball over, and when you shoot yourself in the foot like that, they're eventually going to take advantage."
And cash-in on its possessions Prep did, early in the third, when the Jesuits scored the period's first three goals. Brophy and Edmonds each tallied, with Brown dishing out two of his three assists as the Jesuits built a 7-3 lead.
"We got the ball moving, and we got to break it open a little," Brophy said.
But Greenwich responded, outshooting Prep 12-5 in the third quarter, with Moeser scoring two of his three in the third.
Moeser's second such tally came as he was struck and cut on the chin, trimming Prep's lead to 9-6, and earning Greenwich a two-minute, man-up advantage.
After a second Prep defender went to the box, Kyle Foote scored, cutting Prep's advantage to 9-7. Fisher then robbed Brown's shot at a wide-open cage, lunging and blocking the ball to keep Prep's lead at just two after three.
"We had opportunities," Bulkley said.