The Staples High boys lacrosse team waited 10 minutes to notch its third goal and 18 minutes to record its fourth against Newtown on Saturday.
After that, the scoring came in a flurry.
Up one midway through the second quarter, Staples scored six straight goals to close the half and rolled to a 13-2 win over the Nighthawks at home.
"They performed the same way they did in practice as the game. Our motto is `You have to win games on the practice field,'" coach Paul McNulty said. "They practiced exactly the way they played -- very hard and with good skill."
Just 43 seconds after Newtown's Ryan Sullivan scored to cut Staples' lead to 3-2 in the second quarter, Bannon responded with a goal. The Wreckers' next five goals came over a span of five minutes and 11 seconds.
Midfielder Jared Levi made it 5-2 with 4:38 left. Bannon added his third goal of day 30 seconds later to push the lead to 6-2. One goal by Johnson and two by midfielder Joey Zelkowitz gave Staples a 9-2 edge at halftime.
"We just wanted to step up and get back into our comfort zone," said Zelkowitz, who finished with three goals and an assist. "We started up three so we wanted to get back to a nice big lead."
Johnson scored twice in the second half, while Bannon and attack Michael Reale added goals. The Wreckers closed the game with 10 unanswered goals.
"They moved the ball well. They looked a little more prepared than us today," Newtown coach Glenn Adams said. "We have a pretty young team here and we're still getting used to what we're trying to do."
Staples, which dominated the possession battle, held a commanding 37-11 advantage in shots.
The Wreckers (2-0) led 3-0 after one quarter.
Bannon netted the game's first goal at the 10:16 mark. Although the Wreckers littered the Newtown net with shots, they didn't score again until 2:47 left in the first quarter on a goal by Zelkowitz. Johnson made it 3-0 just 46 seconds later.
"Joey Zelkowitz and Colin, we ask them to be team leaders in performance." McNulty said. "They did that today."
Cole Gendels started in goal for Staples and made three saves. Evan Isaacs stopped 15 shots for Newtown.
Adams credited the Wreckers' defense for disrupting Newtown's rhythm and execution on offense.
"We definitely had the same amount of firepower they did," Adams said. "It's just that they did a better job of pressing out on us and got us out of what we wanted to do offensively. We were doing things that we didn't practice doing."
McNulty praised his senior-laden defense for keeping pace with Newtown throughout the game.
"They have players who are going to perform and play well. They're going to make plays," McNulty said of the Nighthawks. "You just have to keep playing hard. That's part of being an athlete."
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STAPLES 13, NEWTOWN 2
NEWTOWN 0 2 0 0 -- 2
STAPLES 3 6 3 1 -- 12
Records: Newtown 1-1; Staples 2-0.
Scoring: N -- Ryan Sullivan (1g), Dan Hebert (1g); S -- Colin Bannon (4g, 3a), Will Johnson (4g), Joey Zelkowitz (3g, 1a), Michael Reale (1g), Jared Levi (1g), Jon Pacilio (2a). Goalies: N -- Evan Isaacs (15 saves); S -- Cole Gendels (3), James Hines (1). Shots: N -- 11; S -- 37.