Worthy teams to battle for lacrosse title

With St. Joseph of Trumbull and Weston High advancing to the Class S state championship game, boys lacrosse fans are in for a classic match-up when the rivals meet for the title on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

All three state lacrosse championships can be watched live on your computer, phone or tablet.
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• Class M: New Canaan vs. Daniel Hand, 10:30 a.m.
• Class S: St. Joseph vs. Weston, 1 p.m.
• Class L Ridgefield vs. Darien, 3:30 p.m.
Seeing that St. Joseph (13-6) is the 10th seed, and Weston (12-7) seeded 13th, it begs the question are the teams title worthy?

Well, coach Joe Izzo’s Cadets have outscored teams in the tournament by a margin of 42-12.

And as for coach John Matthews’ Trojans, they boast the state’s sixth stingiest defense having allowed only 6.2 goals per game.

Don’t expect the big stage to play a factor — St. Joseph has reached the finals six of the past seven seasons.

Oh yeah, Weston was there to meet them on four of those occasions. St. Joseph won the title over Weston, 12-11, in 2009. The Trojans took the crown over the Cadets in 2010 (7-6) and 2013 (9-8).

St. Joseph, which defeated Brookfield 14-11 in last year’s final, is led offensively by Preston Ouellette, who scored four goals in the Cadets’ 13-6 semifinal victory over sixth-seeded East Catholic from Manchester.

Mike Sudora, Peter Bashar, Chris Klabonski, Mike Brennan and Colin Powell also found the back of the net.

Weston defeated top-seeded Granby Memorial by a score of 13-5 in its semifinal.

The Trojans have been paced by Alex Crowell, team leader in scoring with nearly 50 goals, Austin Drimal, second in scoring with nearly 40 goals, Alec Steinberg, and Peter Lummis, who is third in scoring with 28 goals and the leader in assists with 27.

Mike Braddick is an All-State goalie for St. Joseph and will play at Catholic University.

Defensively, the Eagles are led by Luke Townsend (Virginia Wesleyan), Dave DiMartino, Connor Heslin and Tim Carlson.

Adam Byer will be in net for Weston, with University of Tampa bound defenseman Julian Bombart patroling in front along with Jackson Catalano.

Bombart, Lummis and Turkel also played on 2013 the Trojans’ Class S championship team.

Taking face-offs for St. Joseph will be Filippo Petrini. Weston counts on Spencer Turkel, who will play lacrosse at the University of Delaware.

St. Joseph counts on Bashar (St. Leo’s), Kyle Souza (Dominican College), Ryan Scinto (Marymount), Ouellette (Hampden Sydney) and Powell (Endicott for hockey) for overall play.