By sticking to its game plan, the Greenwich High boys lacrosse team stifled Staples' attack on Tuesday.
The Cardinals' offense, meanwhile, took care of the rest.
Sparked by two first-quarter goals by attack Jamie Paradise and another by midfielder Alec Oropall, Greenwich built an early cushion and worked its way to an 8-3 win over Staples at Cardinal Stadium.
Both teams moved to 2-1 on the season.
"We don't like to sit back and let people run what they want to run. We're going to try to put some pressure on people," Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said of his defense. "We try to make some turnovers and push the ball up to try and get some easy goals.
"Some of our goals were unsettled, which shows that our defense is really doing what it's supposed to be doing."
Greenwich built a 4-1 lead heading into halftime on Oropall's second goal of the game -- scored with 4:14 left in the second quarter. The Cardinals' lead ballooned to 6-1 early in the third quarter on goals by midfielder Sam Saleeby and Paradise 76 seconds apart.
Maintaining an advantage in ball possession, the Cardinals located seams in the defense and out-shot Staples 21-14.
"We were trying to work the matchups and play smart. We were trying to out-smart them," said Paradise, who missed Greenwich's first two games with a fractured rib. "We figured we could out-smart them because we knew they were going to slide quickly."
Staples, which scored 33 goals in its first two games -- wins over Trinity Catholic 20-0 and Newtown 13-2 -- saw its offense completely shut down by Greenwich. The Cardinals jumped ahead 3-0 before attack Colin Bannon scored with 45 seconds left in the first quarter to get Staples on the scoreboard.
"Greenwich played very well. They really took us out of our game," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "They covered all our cutters very well. They did a good job of man-to-man on (midfielder) Joey (Zelkowitz) and Colin. They out-played us."
When the Wreckers did get their opportunities, they were often turned aside by Greenwich's William Waesche. The senior goalie made nine saves in the win.
Bannon got his second goal with 5:41 left in the third to cut it to 6-2, but by then it was too late. The Cardinals held Staples off the scoreboard for the next 15-plus minutes and increased their lead to six in the process.
Midfielder Alex Moeser scored with 10:10 left in the fourth to push the Cardinals' lead to 7-2. Saleeby capped the scoring with his second goal with 5:43 left.
"They had the ball a long time," McNulty said. "Our defense played very well, but you can't give a team that many chances. They're going to eventually get open. They have a lot of good players."
Cole Gendels stopped eight shots in goal for Staples.
Bulkley is pleased with how his team's performed so far coming off a nine-win campaign (lost in L state first round) in 2012.
"We were young last year. I think the guys have seen what they need to do, and they're working hard," he said.
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GREENWICH 8, STAPLES 3
STAPLES 1 0 1 1 -- 3
GREENWICH 3 1 2 2 -- 8
Records: Staples 2-1; Greenwich 2-1.
Scoring: S -- Colin Bannon (2g), Will Johnson (1g); G -- Jamie Paradise (3g), Sam Saleeby (2g), Alec Oropall (2g), Alex Moeser (1g), Luke Finneran (2a), Kyle Foote (2a), John Tooher (1a). Goalies : S -- Cole Gendels (8 saves); G -- William Waesche (9). Shots: S -- 14; G -- 21.