St. Joseph wins state boys lacrosse title

The St. Joseph boys lacrosse team won the Class S state championship with a 14-5 victory over Weston High at Jack Casagrande Field in Norwalk on Saturday.

It was the second straight state title for coach Joe Izzo and his 10th-seeded Cadets.

“All of them are special,” said Izzo, who has taken St. Joseph to six finals in the last seven seasons.

“Each team has its own personality. This team played for each other. We tell our team to play for the guy next to you, and this one did that.”

Preston Ouellette and Mike Sudora had four goals each for St. Joseph (14-6), with three of Ouellette’s tally coming in the first half. The third was with seven seconds left in the second period and gave the Cadets a 6-1 lead at the break.

Sudora scored twice in the third quarter, both coming after No. 13 Weston High (12-8) had closed within 8-4 at the 7:42 mark of the third period on goals from Alex Crowell and Quentin Catalano.

Any momentum lost quickly returned to St. Joseph, when Sudora completed an almost two-minute possession with the fourth shot in a series to beat Adam Byer, who was outstanding in net for the Trojans.

Mike Brennan, who had two recoveries in that series for the Cadets, next assisted on Sudora’s low bouncing goal with 5:22 left in the canto to take the score to 10-4.

Patrick Battista raced up the sideline off a draw won by Filippo Petrini and scored unassisted, and St. Joseph had an 11-4 lead after the three 12-minute periods.

Ouellette survived a penalty-drawing cross check to score only 48 seconds into the second half.

Colin Powell, who had two assists in the first half, added a goal of his own at 8:15 before Weston made its comeback try.

Mike Braddick, who recorded 12 saves, all tough ones, was steadfast in the final period.

With Kyle Sousa, Ryan Scinto and Tom Meir leading a well-schooled St. Joseph defense, Weston saw the Cadets tack on goals from Christian Trefz (11:37) and Sudora (9:52).

Crowell, who was stopped on three straight shots by Braddick on consecutive Weston possessions, finally broke through to make it 13-5.

Brennan’s unassisted goal came with two-minutes remaining to complete the scoring.

Peter Bashar had a pair of first half goals, the first made it 2-0 after one and the second increased St. Joseph’s lead to 4-1.

“We go a long way back with Weston,” said Braddick, who will next be keeping goal at Catholic University. “It is a great rivalry and all the games have been close.

“Our goal was to get back to a final and then play well. That’s what we did as a team and that feels awesome.”