RIDGEFIELD — Today marked the conclusion of a tough, grueling four-game stretch of home games for the Ridgefield boys lacrosse team, which faced New Canaan, Fairfield Prep, Darien and Wilton over a nine-day period at Tiger Hollow Stadium.
And the Tigers will certainly embrace the results.
Ridgefield won three of four against those formidable foes, the latest coming today courtesy of one of its younger players on the team.
Freshman attack Kyle Colsey, the son of coach Ridgefield coach Roy Colsey, recorded a game-high five goals to power the Tigers past visiting Wilton, 11-7.
All five of Colsey’s goals came during the second half for Ridgefield, which improved its record to 4-1. Ridgefield opened its season with a road victory against St. Joseph.
Indeed, the Tigers’ freshman attackman has made quite an impact in his first varsity season.
“It feels really good to be playing on the varsity team,” Colsey said. “I wanted to contribute in my first year on the team and I’ve been able to.”
As for having the opportunity of being coached by his father, Colsey said, “It is awesome, I like it a lot.”
Luke Winkler recorded a hat trick, while Ryan Colsey tallied one goal and one assist for Ridgefield, which entered halftime in a 4-4 tie against Wilton.
“I think we’re finally starting to find our chemistry a little bit better,” said Ryan Colsey, also the coach’s son. “A lot of the games we started off slow, then got going. I think going forward in the season we need to start off strong and play through the whole game, so we get more of a lead. But our guys are getting to know each other and how we play.”
Junior goalie Matt Shepard made seven saves, one of which came with 6:01 remaining which kept the Tigers in front, 8-7.
“Our goalie played great, I thought we did a good job with our matchups and at the end of the day we made a few good plays in a row,” Ridgefield coach Roy Colsey said. “We are still losing a ton of faceoffs, which puts us in a really tough spot. So we’ve got to be perfect in so many other facets of the game to compete.”
Wilton (2-3), which has lost two straight games, was paced by juniors Sean Wiseman and Grant Masterson, who each tallied twice.
“They have a great attack and a couple of great middies and they possess the ball well,” Wilton coach Steve Pearsall said. “That’s the name of their game. We were matching them pretty much until the last six or seven minutes of the game. We had great looks, we just have to shoot better.”
Charlie Rath’s goal early in the third quarter gave Wilton a 5-4 lead, then Kyle Colsey tied it at 5-5 with a tally at the quarter’s 6:17 mark. An unassisted goal by Kyle Colsey gave the Tigers the lead for good at 6-5 with 3:44 to go in the third quarter. Winkler scored off a dodge, putting the home team on top, 7-5, with 9.5 seconds left in the quarter.
Faceoffs were an issue for the Tigers, so Roy Colsey inserted junior tri-captain/midfielder Kai Prohaszka at the faceoff-X in the second half.
“I’m getting used to it now, it’s my third game doing it,” Prohaszka said of taking faceoffs. “It’s real helpful having coach (Jim) Philbin at practice giving my tips and pointers and that’s played a big role in me having success.”
The Warriors closed to within 7-6 when Masterson spun away from a defender, then converted a shot with 11:06 remaining. Kyle Colsey and Wiseman tallied for their respective teams, making it an 8-7 game, then the Tigers secured the win by netting the game’s final three goals.
Kyle Colsey scored twice in the final minute of action.
“Kyle had a very good third and fourth quarter, which helped a lot,” Roy Colsey said. Ryan had hurt his groin, so he was mostly playing the crease.”
Wilton held a 4-2 lead following the first quarter, behind goals by Wiseman, Spencer Liston, Will Hughes and Rath, but was shut out during the second quarter. Shepard made seven saves in goal for Ridgefield.
“The goalies made some great saves, give them credit for that,” Pearsall said. “But the bottom line is, we have to shoot better. Against a team like Ridgefield, we have to capitalize on our opportunities and bury our shots when we have them.”
Colin Lenskold had seven saves in goal for the Warriors, who visit Stamford on Tuesday.
“We came out on the short end against New Canaan and Ridgefield, but we’re playing the top teams,” Pearsall said. “We are facing a little adversity here and we’ll see what we’re made of.”
Ridgefield travels to Fairfield Warde on Tuesday after completing their challenging home stand.
“When we started the season, I knew what the first five games were and I knew it was a little bit of a gauntlet,” Roy Colsey said. “Every game has required a ridiculous amount of coaching and adjustments and reminding guys of what we’re trying to do and what needs to be done. And then, we’re playing against good teams and when you make a mistake they are going to capitalize. I’m just hoping that one of these games we are going to come out and look like we played some lacrosse prior to this game, because we’re still making so many mistakes.”