The Weston High School's boys lacrosse team faced its first challenge from a South-West Conference rival Monday night at New Fairfield. It did not go well for the Trojans.
New Fairfield scored two goals in the first four minutes, added another with just 5.9 seconds left and cruised to a 13-3 win. The Trojans fell to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the SWC.
"They played harder than us,'' Weston coach John Matthews said. "They wanted it more than we did. We had some guys injured, that didn't help. But give New Fairfield credit. They took it to us."
The Rebels (8-0 overall, 4-0 in the SWC) are ranked 12th in the state in a poll conducted by Laxpower.com . John Pendergast scored five goals for New Fairfield, which led 6-0 at halftime. Weston scored with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter on a goal by Eddie Hutchins. Lyle Mitchell scored twice for Weston, and Jack Scheufele had an assist.
Goalies Alex Peyreigne (21 saves) and Grant Limone (three) were under duress most of the night. Weston has played well defensively this year, but New Fairfield solved the Trojans' defense. Matthews has expressed concern about his team's offensive inefficiency even while winning and was even more frustrated after the loss. "Turnovers don't help at all,'' he said. "That's not what we practice. There's no explanation for it."
Weston also lost several key players to injuries during the game, which also proved costly. It could be especially devastating because Weston is in the toughest part of its schedule. The Trojans play Staples on Thursday and Joel Barlow on May 1. The prospect that several key players could miss those games is daunting.
After starting the season 7-0, Weston has lost to Huntington of Long Island, N.Y., and New Fairfield. "This is the toughest part of our season," Matthews said. "And right now we don't know who's going to be healthy to play over the next few games."
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