Boys lacrosse: Trumbull follows Tesei's lead

Jack Fairfield advances the ball during the match with Stamford High. — Andy Hutchison photo
Jack Fairfield advances the ball during the match with Stamford High. — Andy Hutchison photo

A strong possession game, led by faceoff specialist Kyle Tesei’s success on the draw, helped the host Trumbull High boys lacrosse team to a 14-3 triumph over Stamford in an FCIAC clash on Thursday night.

Tesei won 15 of 20 draws before scoring seconds after gathering control off his final win and exiting the game with just seconds to play.

With the win, the Eagles ended a mini two-game losing stretch and improved to 10-4. The Black Knights fell to 6-8.

“We did a good job tonight possessing the ball,” said Trumbull coach Jim Kammerman, adding that controlling the ball and setting up quality scoring opportunities was the game plan. “We definitely executed what we wanted to tonight.”

So much so that the defense and goaltender Jake Bova (who made six saves) had a mostly uneventful night. The offense had prolonged possessions to control the pace of the game.

Lucas Kammerman led a balanced offensive attack with a hat-trick and Danny Hoffman, Jack Fairfield and Mike DeVito all scored twice. The Eagles also got goals from Peter Raverta, Jacob Liebowitz, Trevor Arganese, Tesei and Blake Lillicraf.

Kammerman, Andrew Tinnesz and Liebowitz each had a pair of assists, and Hoffman, DeVito and Spencer Biebel each added a helper.

Coach Kammerman added that he was impressed with the play of some of Trumbull’s younger players, including sophomores Alec Neubauer and Kammerman.

Trumbull built a 9-1 lead at the half and the outcome was never really in doubt. But the Black Knights matched the Eagles with a pair of goals until the final minutes of the third quarter.

After the Knights cashed in following a rare Trumbull turnover on the offensive end of the field, making the score 11-3, coach Kammerman urged his players not to throw the ball away and to clean up the mistakes.

Moments later, the Eagles capitalized on a turnover of their own as Liebowitz intercepted an outlet pass and set up Kammerman for his third tally of the night. The Eagles won the quarter 3-2.

“They’re a tough team, they’re competitive. They like to fight,” coach Kammerman said of the Knights, adding that the talk at halftime was that Trumbull needed to keep its intensity level high.

“We’ve been inconsistent all year,” said coach Kammerman, adding that he was pleased to see his players finish this game strongly and wants to see complete efforts as the lineup gears up for the postseason.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard and get ready for the playoffs,” said coach Kammerman, whose squad will visit Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday at 2 p.m. and hosts Greenwich Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to close out the regular season.

Although there remains room for improvement, the Trumbull coach noted that this marks the first time in several years that the Eagles have reached double digits in wins, and he’s proud of the overall effort.

“They’ve been working hard. They’ve been committed to doing well,” he said.