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Tuesday, September 19 Sports

Staples overpowers McMahon to gear up for postseason

NORWALK — Staples’ boys lacrosse team appears to be playing its best ball just in time for the postseason.

Winners of four out of the last five, the Wreckers spoiled Senior Day during a 14-1 victory over Brien McMahon.

“We’ve played McMahon for years,” Staples coach Paul McNulty said. “They play tough and if you’re not ready, you’re going to get knocked down watching them run down the field.”

In typical FCIAC fashion, the game was physical throughout. But Staples was able to continue to pressure the Senators on both ends.

The Wreckers’ consistent offensive attack was evident with multiple goals in each quarter, along with a swamping defense that at times kept the Senators from getting the ball passed midfield.

“The legs are what feed the wolf,” McMahon coach John Dana said. “We get tired because we’ve got the same guys running and things start to break down a little bit.”

Although Staples outlasted the Senators, Dana said his team began the game strong on both ends.

Junior Evan Zinn led the way for the Wreckers, finishing with a hat trick, while senior Tanner Wood and sophomore Nico Rossi each scored twice.

Sebastian Cunningham netted the lone Senators goal — which came midway through the first quarter and tied the game at one.

But it would be all Staples from then on out.

The win extends the Wreckers’ in-state winning streak to four games — Staples dropped a 13-5 contest against St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) over the weekend — putting the team’s record at 10-6, 7-4 FCIAC.

McMahon drops to 6-9, 4-8 FCIAC on the year.

As the postseason approaches, Zinn said getting positive momentum can give the Wreckers a huge lift.

“We really want to come into playoffs and make a push,” Zinn said. “The game before playoffs is always huge.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Evan Zinn: Staples junior led the team with a hat trick.

KEY PLAY

Back-to-back goals from Evan Zinn and Harris Levi to start the second quarter began the offensive snowball for the Wreckers.

QUOTABLE

“If we go into playoffs with our offense clicking, it will always be a good thing.” — Staples’ Evan Zinn.

AJohnson@hearstmediact.com; @aronJohnson_

STAPLES 14, MCMAHON 1

STAPLES 2 4 3 5 — 14

MCMAHON 1 0 0 0 — 1

Records: M—6-9, 4-8 FCIAC; S—10-6, 7-4. Scoring: M—Sebastian Cunningham 1 g; S—Tanner Wood 2g; Evan Zinn 3g; Matt Bidgood 1g; Nico Rossi 2g; William Hutchison 2g; Patrick Ciquera 1g; Max Lonergan 1g; Harris Levi 1g; Thomas Lynch 1g

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