The Staples boys lacrosse team is on a mission to prove it belongs with the top teams in the state of Connecticut.
Knocking off a defending state champion is a good start.
Will Johnson scored four goals and Staples used a huge second quarter to defeat Weston 12-4 on Wednesday night at Weston High School in the season opener for both teams.
"Weston is always going to play us tough," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "They are solid, they know how to play that zone (defense) and they do a good job at it. We got some good up-and-down transition goals, which helped us."
The Wreckers scored seven times in the second period after the first finished deadlocked at a goal apiece. Isaac Paparo broke the tie 1:37 into the second after he beat Trojans goalie Grant Limone to a loose ball in front of the cage.
"That was the game," Weston coach John Matthews said of the second quarter outburst. "Both teams came out pretty strong and both teams had the early jitters. Credit to Staples, they made some adjustments."
Staples dominated in the faceoff circle for most of the evening. The success in the circle allowed the Wreckers to build off each goal and create more momentum. The Wreckers scored five goals in a 4:52 span in the second to seal the victory.
"I think our young guys got a little bit younger as the second quarter went on," Matthews said. "We broke down defensively and once (Staples) put a couple in, it sort of unraveled on us."
Johnson fired a hat trick in a 4:29 span in the second, using his quickness to evade a variety of Trojans defenders.
Eric Zurmuehle won a majority of the draws Wednesday as the Wreckers work out their rotations at the position.
"You can have a very good season with a good faceoff man and a good goalie," McNulty said. "We're going to compete in those positions against anybody."
Sophomore attacker Ross Goldberg scored two of the first three goals for Staples, which defeated Weston 8-4 last season.
"If you want to be a good attackman, you can't be afraid to run in front of the goal and those guy guys coming after you, and (Goldberg) did that," McNulty said.
The Trojans closed a 10-2 deficit to 10-4 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get any closer despite having a three minute man advantage for an illegal stick. Read Full Article
Staples played the contest without Patrick Lesch, suffered a rib injury in a preseason scrimmage and will miss the first four weeks of the regular season.
Spencer Turkel netted a hat trick for the Trojans, who are the defending Class S champions.