Westies top Lyman Hall
WH wins season-opener
By MIKE MADERA
(April 10, 2021) - The West Haven boys lacrosse team opened the 2021 season with a 12-9 victory over Lyman Hall in Wallingford Saturday afternoon. After struggling at the start, the Westies rallied behind the play of Conner Fowler and Tyler Moscato to post the season-opening victory.
“It has been 685 Days since our last game,” West Haven coach Patrick Reed said. “It was a long layoff and there was a lot of rust that had to get knocked off.
“We had a really tough time shooting in the first half. We were hitting their goalie a lot on a lot of slam dunk shots. We were very wound up as a team. It seemed like some early jitters were getting in the way. We came together at the half and instead of yelling, I told them a funny story to take the edge off. They all laughed and then they exploded like I knew they could. We outscored them 7-2. Obviously, Tyler Moscato had a great game, but our whole attack was great. Conner Fowler was automatic when he caught the ball inside, and Mike Kelly had a rough shooting day early, but handed out four assists to go along with his goal.”
West Haven celebrates against Lyman Hall, April 10, 2021. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Tyler Moscato led the West Haven offense with five goals and two assists, and Conner Fowler had a solid day with four goals and three assists. Michael Kelly finished with one goal and four assists, while Ethan Phelan also scored. Kevin Gardner, Khai Outhavong, and Nico Bruneau each had one assist apiece.
The Westies trailed by two goals at the half, but rebounded nicely in the second half, scoring seven of the nine goals.
Senior Anthony Campagnuolo finished with 25 saves in the win, including 14 in the second half. Campagnuolo made 10 saves in the third quarter.
“Defensively, Anthony Campagnuolo had a great game,” Reed said. “He has huge shoes to fill and he played the game of his life. He made a huge save in the third when we missed a slide and he had to stop a guy one on none. I actually said there's a goal, but he stopped it, hit an outlet pass and had it in their goal in less than 20 seconds. That really put their guys on the ropes.”
“Nico Bruneau had a great game at defense with four caused turnovers and a team leading seven ground balls on the day. He was a huge disruptive force for our team.”
Westies run past Foran
Moscato, Cayo, Kelly lead WH to 7-4 win
By MIKE MADERA
(April 12, 2021) - After a comeback victory over Lyman Hall to start the season, the West Haven boys lacrosse team was looking to get off to a quick start in the home opener against Foran Monday evening.
Behind two goals from Tyler Moscato, and a goal and an assist apiece from Michael Kelly and Amir Cayo, West Haven topped Foran 7-4 at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. With the victory, West Haven improved to 2-0 on the year.
West Haven celebrates a goal against Foran, April 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westies took control of the game in the third quarter when they broke open a 3-2 lead with three goals. Cayo gave the Westies a 4-2 lead with 11:27 left in the third off an assist from Kelly, before Cayo set up Ethan Phelan for a 5-2 advantage with 6:54 left in the third. When Conner Fowler scored 4:02 later, West Haven had a 6-2 lead.
“It was another ugly win today,” West Haven coach Patrick Reed said. “We played very close to Foran. They are a young team, but very skilled and well-coached. They played a great first half and a broken play let us go into the half up by one. The third quarter was a again our best. Chomps (Anthony Campagnuolo) came up with a couple of huge saves and our defense played in control and shut them out for the third. We didn't take any penalties in the third, but we were able to capitalize on two man-up plays to build a little cushion.”
Moscato scored his second of the game with 3:53 remaining in the game for a 7-2 lead. Foran scored twice in the final 1:58, but never got closer.
West Haven led from the start, taking a 2-0 lead as Moscato scored the first goal of the contest with 4:51 left in the opening quarter, and Kevin Gardner increased the lead to 2-0 just 2:44 later. Leading 2-1, Kelly scored with 8:21 left in the first half for a 3-1 lead.
“Hunter Messina was completely dominant at faceoffs today, winning nine of twelve,” Reed said.
Anthony Campagnuolo finished with 18 saves in the win, including seven in the fourth quarter. Campagnuolo made nine saves in the opening half.
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