Greenwich beats Staples in OT
Updated 10:50 am, Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Greenwich boys lacrosse team's undefeated start to the FCIAC season was in severe jeopardy despite only trailing for moments in its Class L final rematch with Staples on Wednesday.
The Cardinals had a three-goal lead wither away in the closing stages, and needed overtime to keep their impressive start to the season going. Scooter Harrington was the hero, firing the game winner with 42.3 left in the extra session, sending Greenwich to a 7-6 win over the Wreckers.
Harrington had his first shot in the four-minute overtime saved by Peter Burger, but got another chance after the Wreckers turned the ball over.
"It was a blessing, our team struggled a little bit on offense," Harrington said. "Will Perry did a great job of drawing my guy to the other side of the cage, it was a great play by him and I just finished at the doorstep."
Staples (7-2, 5-2) won the overtime faceoff, and ran about one minute off the clock before firing one shot high over the cage and committing a turnover.
"We couldn't clear the ball, we threw it away like three or four times in a row," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "We gave them extra chances and that was the difference."
Connor Chamberlin scored the game-tying goal for the Wreckers with 1:05 left in regulation. With all the momentum from rallying, Staples' hopes for an upset were undone with several costly turnovers.
Perry scored a hat trick in the third quarter to give Greenwich (7-2, 7-0) a 6-3 lead, including twice in 15 seconds on a man-up opportunity. The goal with 1:07 left in the third quarter was the last one for the Cardinals before Harrington's heroics.
"Our shot selection for the most part was poor," Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. "When we shot the ball like we've been talking to them, they scored. We have to a little better job of shooting."
Matt Johnson scored for Staples with 6.7 seconds left to make it 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter. Freshman Evan Zinn fired a goal with 4:42 left in the game to give Staples a chance to complete the comeback.
"The coming back from three goals down and tying it at the end; we have the right ingredients," McNulty said. "We needed just a few less mistakes here and there. We have the determination and the will; you have to start with that to be any good."
Both teams had long possessions as the defenses settled in and prevented many clean looks at the cage. Burger (12 saves) and Tommy Rogan (10) also did their part.
"I thought our guys played good position defense," Bulkley said. "We were getting the looks we wanted both defensively and offensively."
Burger made five saves in the fourth quarter to keep Staples alive as Greenwich looked to put the game away.
"(Burger) been a great goalie all year long," McNulty said. "He made some fantastic saves against some very good shooters today."
Greenwich has survived tough tests to in the past week to keep its Connecticut undefeated streak alive. The Cardinals' two defeats came against teams from New York.
"I honestly believe that people take us lightly," Bulkley said. "It's kind of shown in some of our games. The problem is that we have to play hard and show up every day. We were inconsistent."
GREENWICH 7, STAPLES 6 (OT)
STAPLES 1 2 1 2 0--6
GREENWICH 2 1 3 0 1--7
Records: Greenwich 7-2, 7-0 FCIAC; Staples 7-2, 5-2.
Scoring: S--Connor Chamberlin (2 goals); Evan Zinn (2 g); Matt Johnson (2 g, 1 assist); Ross Goldberg (3 a) G--Will Perry (3 g); Decker Curran (1 a); Sands (1 g, 2 a); Scooter Harrington (1 g ); Tooner (1 g); O'Conner (1 g, 1 a). Goalies: S--Peter Burger (12 saves); G--Tommy Rogan (10 saves).