Jesuits knock off Cards in lacrosse showdown

Trailing unbeaten Greenwich High, 7-5, with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter, coach Chris Smalkais’ Fairfield Prep boys lacrosse team had to answer in a big way at Alumni Field on Thursday.
“This was a statement game for us,” Smalkais said after the Jesuits scored six straight goals and then held off the previously unbeaten Cardinals (7-1) to win a 12-11 non-league decision. “I challenged the athletes to compete; and they played with great compete today.”
The momentum switched to the Jesuits (5-1) when 11 seconds after going down 7-5, Burke Smith to begin a run of six straight Prep goals, the last coming at the midway point of the final frame.
Leading 11-7 at the 7:09 mark of the final period, Prep saw Greenwich rally back to draw with 11-10.
GHS’ Mike Sullivan won the ensuing face-off and attacked the net to score with 2:58 remaining.
Taking GHS coach Scott Bulkley’s advice on attacking the net from a previous possession, he went right at Prep keeper Jack O’Conner and scored. With 2:58 remaining, the Big Red deficit was now 11-10.
Physical play in the Prep zone resulted in a pair of giveaways, with the Jesuits taking control with 38 seconds remaining. Prep’s Smith got free in front and GHS netter Tommy Rogan had no chance. Prep led, 12-10 at 27.5.
Ryan Flippin scored off a Nick Schepis assist, but there was only 2.5 seconds left on the clock.

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