Teams sometimes follow up a league title with a letdown in the state playoffs.

Coming off its victory over Joel Barlow in the SWC title game last Friday, the Weston boys lacrosse team guarded against this fate. For the most part, Weston executed with precision and dominated 13th-seeded Tolland in an 18-4 home victory in the first round of the Class S playoffs.

"We didn't know much about Tolland," Trojans coach John Mathews said. "They came in with nothing lose, and I told my guys to play with the same intensity as they did against Barlow. I thought we could have definitely played better. We got a bit lazy."

With the win, fourth-seeded Weston raised its record to 18-4 and will host fifth-seeded Stonington (13-4) Saturday (June 2) at 3 p.m. Tolland ended its season at 7-10.

Only 22 seconds into the game, Zach Kraft (two goals, three ground balls) gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead off a feed from Sean Fumai (one assist, one ground ball). Weston took a 3-0 lead with Rich Miller (three goals, one assist) adding two goals.

"I tried to get some goals after coming off a big win," Miller said. "We had good looks from our attack, and we skipped the ball."

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Although the Trojans kept the ball out of their defensive zone for the most part, they suffered a lull by allowing two goals in a 10 second span. Cody Daigle and Sean Walker (two goals) scored for the Eagles to cut the lead to one, 3-2 with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Weston responded by scoring seven straight goals to take a 10-2 lead with 2:38 left in the half. Lyle Mitchell (three goals, one ground ball) had three of those tallies by flicking in hard shots.

"I've been working on my shooting since Barlow and kind of kept it going," Mitchell said.

Fumai, Jack Scheufele (one goal, two assists, one ground ball), Matt Brooks and Jesse Laico (two goals) also scored in the surge.

"We kind of started slow and didn't play our hardest," Scheufele said. "We had to dig deep and play through it. It was about persistence. Winning against Barlow was a confidence-booster, but we couldn't let it get through our heads."

Before the Trojans began their rally, Scheufele had a feeling that they would pull away.

"I wasn't concerned or worried because I could tell right away we were the better team," he said.

Jarrin Jones scored for Tolland before the half to make it 10-3.

If it weren't for Eagle goalie Sam Mayer (14 saves), it could have been a more lopsided game. Mayer had nine saves in the first half and robbed Mitchell, Miller, Scheufele and Fumai.

Mitchell (five assists) performed like a playmaker in the second half with four of his assists coming after the break.

"I dodged a lot because I was up top, and I was able to see the field better," Mitchell said.

Fumai (four goals) performed like a sniper in the second half. He had three goals, mostly from hard outside shots off feeds from Mitchell.

"I just tried to change the placement of my shots, and it worked out for me," Fumai said. "We moved to the backside a lot, and we found a lot of openings to shoot."

Brooks (one goal, one assist, four ground balls) did well checking.

Grey Bradshaw-Mack (eight ground balls) and Peter Robbins (six ground balls) helped Weston win the battle in the trenches. Goalie Grant Limone (five saves, two ground balls) was reliable in net.

Troy Flynn (three ground balls) played well defensively. Pat Rogers and Mike Silvestri had two ground balls each. Riley Nichols (one ground ball) and Eli Page also contributed.

"We didn't have the greatest practices before the game because of the heat and allowed a couple of transition goals, but overall, we played well," Mitchell said.