WESTPORT — Saturday’s FCIAC Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinal-round game between rivals Staples and Greenwich featured numerous lead changes during the first three quarters, with both squads having their moments of glory. But the fourth quarter belonged to the Wreckers.

And because of that, the Wreckers are heading to an unfamiliar destination — the FCIAC Tournament semifinals.

Fourth-seeded Staples earned its first ever trip to the FCIAC semifinals, defeating fifth-seeded Greenwich, 13-8, in the conference tournament’s quarterfinal round.

The Wreckers will face top-seeded, two-time defending FCIAC champion Darien in Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinals at Brien McMahon High School.

Senior attack Michael Reale and junior midfielder Tanner Wood scored four goals apiece, while sophomore midfielder Evan Zinn recorded a hat trick to power the Wreckers. Staples outscored Greenwich 4-0 in the fourth quarter and tallied the game’s final seven goals.

“We had never won an FCIAC Tournament game before, so when the fourth quarter came around, everyone was ready to go out there and bring it to them,” said Reale, who tallied twice in the final quarter. “We wanted that win so bad.”

Connor Chamberlin, a senior attackman, registered two goals and two assists for the Wreckers, who held a 5-4 halftime lead. Chamberlin scored the game-winner for Staples in its 13-12 double overtime win against Greenwich last month. The host Wreckers, who held the Cardinals scoreless the last 17:38, received 13 saves from senior goalie Peter Burger.

“Each team played with excellent characteristics,” Staples coach Paul McNulty said. “We just happened to get a few goals at the end of the game. This is the first time Staples has been in the FCIAC semifinal, so it’s a program win for us.”

The Cardinals (9-7) got a hat trick from senior attackman Michael Sands, two goals and one assist from Jack Feda (freshman attack) and one goal and two assists from Scooter Harrington (senior midfielder).

“Offensively, we couldn’t get into a rhythm,” GHS first-year coach Bobby Lutz said. “We made that little comeback to start the second half, but it was just hard to sustain. Overall, we made mistakes we haven’t been making.”

With the score tied at 6-6, Harrington tucked a shot from five yards out inside the left post, giving Greenwich the lead with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. Harrington then set Feda up for a goal at the 6:22 mark, putting the visitors on top, 8-6. That however, was the final goal of the game for the Cardinals, who saw the Wreckers seize control.

Wood’s man-up goal at the 4:47 mark of the third quarter cut the Cards’ lead to 8-7, and Zinn put a laser from 20 yards out past GHS goalie Bennett Cooper to even the score at 8-8 with 3:39 to go in the third.

Patiently moving the ball around the perimeter, the Wreckers took the lead for good at 9-8 when Wood scored off a well-executed pass from senior midfielder Matty Johnson with 3:39 left in the third quarter. The home team took a one-goal lead into the fourth quarter and methodically built upon it.

Finding an opening in the defense, Reale darted from behind the goal and converted a shot from close in, making it 10-8 with 9:32 left in the final quarter. Chamberlin tallied off a blistering shot that left his stick from 10 yards out, giving Staples an 11-8 advantage with 8:50 to go. The Wreckers focused much of their defensive effort on containing Cardinals senior attackman Will Perry, who had four goals and three assists against them in the regular-season meeting.

“We need to work on our situational offense,” Perry said. “They were shutting me off the whole game, but we showed spurts of being able to go at it. A lot of people stepped up big for us. We have the players, we just need to come together as a team.”

Said Harrington: “Today was a game of runs and they had the last one. We have been a little bit inconsistent. The second and third quarter, we hit our stride offensively, but the first and fourth quarters we couldn’t do much. That summed up the first part of our season.”

Wood converted a low shot and Reale scored off a spin move sealing Staples’ fourth-quarter scoring.

“The fourth quarter, we had a few goals that just brought us up,” Wood said. “The sideline was going and the crowd got us amped up. Greenwich is a huge rival of ours and we are always pumped up to play them.”

Staples, which was sparked defensively by seniors Drew O’Brien, Sam Ahlgrim and Josh Willis, took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter on two goals from Zinn and one from Chamberlin. Tallies by Reale and Wood made it 5-1, but GHS went on a 5-0 run to take a 6-5 edge. Sands ignited the spurt with two tallies, while Matt Baugher, Feda and O’Connor had one each.

“The second quarter we broke down a little bit and started forcing it,” Reale said. “But at halftime we made some adjustments and we were ready to keep rolling. The points were pretty spread, which was great. We got everybody involved.”

“Staples is a great team,” Lutz said. “They played us great the regular season and postseason.”

Cooper made nine saves for Greenwich, while teammate Bailey Savio was 14-of-22 on faceoffs. Ross Goldberg had two assists, while Willis collected a team-high five ground balls for Staples.

“We thought this was the team that could finally do it and win an FCIAC playoff game,” Reale said. “We have the best record the team has had in a while.”

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STAPLES 13, GREENWICH 8

GREENWICH 1 3 4 0 — 8

STAPLES 3 2 4 4 — 13

Scoring: G — Michael Sands 3 g; Jack Feda 2 g, 1 a; Scooter Harrington 1 g, 2 a; Matt Baugher 1 g, 1 a; Jack O’Connor 1 g, 2 a; Cooper More 1 a; S — Michael Reale 4 g, 1 a; Tanner Wood 4 g, 1 a; Evan Zinn 3 g, 2 a; Connor Chamberlin 2 g, 2 a; Ross Goldberg 2 a, Matty Johnson 2 a; Josh Willis 1 a; Goalies: G — Bennett Cooper (9 saves); S — Peter Burger (13 saves).

Records: Staples 15-2; Greenwich 9-7.