The Weston High School boys lacrosse team lost its third straight game Monday as the Trojans dropped an 8-3 decision to South-West Conference archrival Joel Barlow at the Falcons' field in Redding. Weston fell to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the SWC.
"Turnover after turnover,'' coach John Matthews said. "They're turning into goals for the other team, and you just can't win that way."
Weston has been outscored 21-6 by SWC rivals New Fairfield and Barlow in its last two losses. It also dropped a 9-5 decision to Huntington of Long Island, N.Y., in a non-league game. Injuries have hurt the Trojans, and inexperienced players are getting a baptism by fire. "I think we're starting to wear down a little bit,'' Matthews said. "We have guys who were playing eighth grade or junior varsity lacrosse last year, and now they're getting thrown into varsity games. They don't have the experience yet."
Lyle Mitchell scored two goals for Weston and Jack Scheufele added one. Richie Miller and Sean Fumai had assists, while goalie Alex Peyreigne made 14 saves.
One of Weston's key injuries was to Kip McMahon, an all-state defender who is trying to play through a torn hamstring. Matthews estimated his effectiveness at 75 percent. Several other players are trying to play injured or are out completely. "The injuries aren't an excuse,'' Matthews said. "Give Barlow credit. They came to play and they went out and got it."
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