By Jacob Kogan ’18 and Chris Andrews ’18

The Staples Wreckers Boys’ lacrosse team lost to a top tier New Canaan team in a scrimmage on March 28 with a final score of 7-3.
“Our defense played extremely well having not had our D coach for a week-and-a-half because he had a baby,” Attacker Matt Bidgood ’18 said. “The game showed what it looked like to come into a game nervous. But we took the game as a learning experience and overall I think losing that game was good for us because of what we got out of it.”
New Canaan began with all the momentum scoring three quick goals in the first quarter. Toward the end of the quarter, Staples stopped the momentum with a goal from Thomas Lynch ’19 with a minute remaining. At the end of the first quarter, Staples trailed New Canaan 3-1.
In the second quarter, Staples started with two quick goals from Nico Rossi ’18 and Dobson Cooper ’18 to tie the score at 3-3. During that period of time, Matt Garber ’18 made some key saves to keep the Rams silent. Towards the end of the quarter, New Canaan struck once again on the man advantage to make it 4-3 at the half.
In the third quarter, the two teams battled for control of the game as possession on either side of the field was close to even. However, New Canaan began to pull away as they scored another goal, making it 5-3 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, New Canaan notched a sixth goal and at the final minute of the game, netted a seventh to officially put the game out of reach for the Wreckers.
Despite the loss, Coach Paul McNulty is optimistic about the season. “This team has a positive attitude and energy at practice,” he said. “If that translates over to our game performance, we should have a great season.”
The Wreckers will face Norwalk High School in their home opener on April 3.

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