GREENWICH — As Tuesday’s matchup illustrated, tense, one-goal, down-to-the-wire games have been the norm for the Greenwich High School boys lacrosse team so far this season.

Coming off an 8-7 overtime loss to Wilton on Saturday, the Cardinals got a one-goal game to go their way Tuesday, courtesy of Jack O’Connor.

The senior’s goal with 3 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter lifted Greenwich to an exciting 7-6 victory over rival Staples at Cardinal Stadium. O’Connor tallied twice, sophomore attackman Jack Feda recorded a hat trick and junior attack Matt Baugher had one goal and one assist for Greenwich (5-2).

“We really needed this one after a heartbreaking loss to Wilton,” said GHS coach Bobby Lutz said, whose squad has already played three one-goal games. “We had to get on the right track again.”

The Wreckers, who defeated the Cardinals in the FCIAC Tournament quarterfinals last spring and entered the game winners of four straight, are 4-2. Junior attack Evan Zinn registered two goals and two assists for the visitors.

“I’m glad we’ve established that we can play with the upper end of the FCIAC, now we have to prove it again,” Staples coach Paul McNulty said. “We proved it in effort, but they were better today. They played very well.”

O’Connor’s game-winner came with the Cardinals in a man-up situation following a Wreckers penalty. Patiently moving the ball around the perimeter, the go-ahead goal came from approximately 10 yards out.

“We were a man-up, which helped a lot,” O’Connor said. “My teammates ran the plays we did in practice the past few weeks and it worked out perfect. I had the open shot and just ended up with the goal.”

Trailing 2-0, Greenwich ended the first quarter with three consecutive goals, two of which came off Feda’s stick. O’Connor’s goal off a pass from senior attack Addison Muir gave the Cards a 4-2 edge early in the second quarter. The Wreckers forged a 4-4 halftime tie behind goals from freshman Pat Ciquera and junior Max Lonergan (off a dodge).

Feda tallied off a dodge from behind the net, but Staples evened the score at 5-5 after Zinn scored while charging to the goal at the 8:21 mark of the third quarter. Junior Zach Tucker put a shot past Staples goalie Matt Garber while falling to the turf with 49.9 seconds left in the third quarter, but Zinn struck again off a dodge with 10:08 remaining in the final quarter, making it 6-6.

“They have a very good defense, but we did fine offensively,” McNulty said. “We had a lot of good opportunities and a lot of good shots. They have a good goalie and we have a good goalie — we knew it would come down to who has the last shot.”

Indeed, both goalies distinguished themselves. Senior Andrew Triscari made 12 saves in goal for GHS, while Garber stopped eight shots for the Wreckers.

“Both goalies were absolutely outstanding,” Lutz said. “Triscari matched Garber in terms of intensity and making saves that changed the momentum of the game. It was fun to watch two players perform at a high level like that.”

Said McNulty: “Our defense has been solid for us all year. On offense, we have to get those newer players to make that one extra pass.”

Senior Bailey Savio was once again a standout at the faceoff-X, winning nine of 12 faceoffs.

Tanner Wood and Harris Levi had one goal apiece for the Wreckers, who have built quite a rivalry with the Cardinals over the past five seasons.

“The entire FCIAC is getting better and better every year,” Lutz said. “After Darien, it’s a toss-up as far as who the next best teams are. Everyone is really competitive. It’s like a playoff atmosphere in the regular season.”

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GREENWICH 7, STAPLES 6

STAPLES 2 2 1 1 — 6

GREENWICH 2 2 2 1 — 7

Scoring: S — Evan Zinn 2 g, 2 a; Tanner Wood 1 g, Harris Levi 1 g; Max Lonergan 1 g, 1 a; Pat Ciquera 1 g; G — Jack Feda 3 g, Matt Baugher 1 g, 1 a; Jack O’Connor 2 g; Zach Tucker 1 g, Addison Muir 2 a; Joe Dowling 1 a; Goalies: S — Matt Garber (8 saves); G — Andrew Triscari (12 saves).

Records: Greenwich 5-2; Staples 4-2.