Ridgefield dominates Ludlowe to reach FCIAC boys lacrosse semifinals
Updated 3:36 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As the FCIAC tournament and state's No. 1 ranked team, the Ridgefield boys lacrosse team aimed for a fast start in its conference quarterfinal Saturday against Fairfield Ludlowe.
The top-seeded Tigers scored eight first-half goals en route to a 15-4 win over No. 8 Ludlowe at Lancaster Field.
Baker scored five goals and Mathias netted two and assisted on six others.
"This is what we were expecting," Ridgefield coach Roy Colsey said. "We're the No. 1 seed; we came out and played well today."
Ryan Desmond scored two goals and added an assist as the Falcons fell to 10-7.
"They're No. 1 in the state for a reason," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. "Everything that can be said has been said. You go right down the lineup, and they have great kids and they execute really well, and they cause you problems."
The Tigers built a 4-0 lead after one, as Mathias, Timothy Cozens and Dylan Maher each set up goals. Mathias assisted two of Baker's three first-quarter tallies and also set up Ryan Dunn's goal at 2:09.
"It is definitely good to get the momentum going and support the doubt that they have early," Baker said.
William Bonaparte and Mathias each scored in the second quarter's first 1:03 to boost Ridgefield's edge to 6-0.
"That's one of the things that we do well is move the ball and share the ball," Colsey said. " I was just proud of them for executing the offense: being unselfish, moving the ball and not caring who scored."
When Ludlowe had the ball, the Tigers' aggressive zone defense pressed the Falcons, limiting them to just three first-half shots.
"We're just trying to find a way through their zone defense," Parisi said. "It takes a lot of patience, they have a lot of talent."
"We have a very solid defense," Colsey said.
Baker scored two more and would have had a sixth goal if he hadn't hit the post midway through the quarter. The Tigers led 8-0 at halftime.
Ludlowe won seven of the second half's 11 faceoffs, and Desmond's goal at 7:23 of the third cut Ridgefield's lead to 9-1. But the Tigers scored the frame's final three goals, carrying a 12-1 lead after three.
"The game plan was not terribly complicated," Colsey said. "The guys came out and executed, and we had good control of the game."
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 0 0 1 3--4
RIDGEFIELD 4 4 4 3--15
Records: Ridgefield 15-2, Fairfield Ludlowe 10-7; Scoring: FL--Ryan Desmond (2g, 1a), Graham Browne (1g), Mac Eder (1g), Matt White (1a), Jack Palmer (1a); RHS-- Simon Mathias (2g, 6a), Brett Baker (5g), Timothy Cozens (1g, 1a), Micky Carbone (1g, 1a), Nicholas Esemplare (1g), Peter Dearth (1g), Ryan Dunn (1g), Bradley Alexander (1g), William Bonaparte (1g), Sam Gravitte (1g), Alex Buckanagave (1a); Goalies: FL--John Carey (11 saves), Tom Kryspin (5 saves); RHS: Conor Shannon (1 save), Chandler Molyneux (2 saves); Shots: FL-- 15; RHS-- 36.