The Trumbull High boys lacrosse team defeated St. Joseph, 10-9, and coach Jim Kammerman’s Eagles ran off the field at the Dalling Sports Complex on Thursday like they had just stolen the Crown Jewels.

In fact, they earned every second of the euphoria that followed Danny Hoffman’s decisive goal that came with only 45 seconds remaining.

“I wanted the ball on my stick,” said Hoffmann after his fourth goal of the game stemmed a Cadet comeback from a 9-6 deficit.

“Donahue (Cillian) is a great goalie with a lot of length and covers so much of the net. I went low and somehow it got to the back of the net.”

Trumbull, now 2-1 on the season, took leads of 3-2 after one quarter, 4-3 at the half and 8-5 after three frames.

Kammerman said, “We worked so hard to finish this game against a great St. Joseph team. Kudos to St. Joe’s for coming back. I know the kids feel fantastic. I know this in my first win over them in my five years.”

St. Joseph, playing in its opener, rallied with three goals in a span of 4:25 to tie the game at 9 on Mike Sudora’s goal with 1:46 remaining in the contest.

“We can’t put ourselves in a bad spot like that,” St. Joseph coach Brendan Talbot said. “We made first game mistakes. When we played to our ability we started our comeback.

“I knew number four (Hoffmann) was going to be the guy. What did he eight goals in the first game? He was the guy that was going to want the ball on his stick. I still don’t know how the ball went in. Cill (nine saves) covered everything up.”

Trumbull won the shots on goal battle 30-25, with Jake Bova making 19 stops including deflecting one away off of Liam Massey’s stick with 5.2 to play.

“I knew the team was counting on me,” said Bova. “We couldn’t let up. (Wanting this win) goes way back. We lost last year to them in overtime. This was our year.”

Mike DeVito scored three goals in the first half to help Trumbull to the 4-3 advantage.

The Cadets' Jared Mallozzi answered with a pair of goals.

Jack Fairfield had the other Trumbull tally in the half, and added another marker in the fourth period to make it 9-6 with 8:44 remaining.

St. Joseph’s Nick Celentano’s goal took the score to 9-7.

Matt Labash made it 9-8 at the 3:58 mark, before Sudora’s goal knotted the game.

Mallozzi’s first tied the game at 1.

Massey’s goal tied it at 2.

Mallozzi’s second took the score to 3-3 early in the second quarter.

Peter Raverta’s scored a goal 23 seconds into the third quarter to up Trumbull’s advantage to 5-3.

Hoffmann had three in the stanza to make it 8-5.