BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern boys lacrosse team came out flat at the beginning of the game and Berlin capitalized in a big way, riding a first-half 10-goal lead to a 16-2 win on the road on Friday afternoon.
“I saw a lot of composure from our guys,” Berlin coach Scott Rossi said. “I think they played with a lot of poise. I think, regardless of the opponent we play on the field, I think that we have our own kind of brand of lacrosse that we’re trying to run.”
The Redcoats broke the ice less than three minutes into the game, as defender Jack Lombardo carried the ball from one end to the other and found the net behind Lancers goaltender Alex Rollins. Over the next 1:22 of game time, Berlin’s Joe Pettinelli scored two unassisted goals to extend his team’s early lead.
Just 30 seconds after Pettinelli’s second tally of the game, Mitch Fliss converted on a feed from T.J. Hebert to make the game 4-0 and Tyler Ralph scored a mere 17 seconds after that to give the Redcoats the five goal advantage.
“We started out slow today,” Bristol Eastern coach Ryan Fisher said. “I don’t know if it was the weather [or] lack of effort. They didn’t play their best. It was a good team, a seasoned program [in Berlin].”
The scoring cooled off for a bit after Ralph’s tally, as almost five minutes of game time elapsed before another shot found twine, and, once again, it was a Berlin player that broke the silence. Jared Kozak’s goal with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter opened the scoring flood gates again and Berlin scored three more times in the opening frame to take a 9-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Redcoats and Lancers split the second-quarter scoring, with Fliss picking up his second of the game less than two minutes into the period and Christian Deltano scoring Bristol Eastern’s goal on an assist from Gavin Jarvis.
But the Lancers could not keep the Berlin offense contained after the halftime break. The Redcoats put up four unanswered goals in the third quarter - five if you include the first goal of the fourth quarter - which accounted for all of the scoring in the frame. Brian Formica scored the first and last goals of the third, while Luke Wininger and Michael DeMaio scored in between.
After Berlin opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a goal by Mark Bednarczyk, the Lancers got their second and final goal of the game. Off a feed from Alex Durand, Lorenzo Perez found the back of the Berlin net to make the score 15-2. Ralph scored his third goal of the game two and a half minutes later to give Berlin its 16th.
Ten different players scored for the Redcoats on Friday and 12 players had at least one goal or an assist. On the back end, two goalies got time for Berlin: Brendan Jauoen made the start and one save and Evan Graves made three saves after coming in. According to Rossi, every one of Berlin’s active players got into Friday’s game.
“I think they did a really good job of controlling the game and getting everyone involved on the team,” Rossi said.
On the other side, the Lancers got five saves from Rollins and four players accounted for the two goals and two assists.
For the Redcoats, the victory over Bristol Eastern meant more in a big-picture sense than by itself because of the goal they had set earlier in the week.
“Coming into this week, we had three big games,” Lombardo said. “They’re not really big games but last week we lost a tough one to Avon. It was a last-second goal so this week, we were just hoping to get a moral win [and] we were hoping to go 3-0. And we did. It was a nice win today.”
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