SOUTHINGTON - The Southington boys lacrosse team went into a season finale matchup against Glastonbury knowing a win would qualify it for the Class L state tournament. The game, however, did not play out in Southington’s favor.
The Blue Knights were dominated from start to finish, falling 19-2 and just missing a spot in the postseason with a 6-10 record.
Sophomore Angelo Plantamuro and junior Evan Johanns netted the only goal for the Blue Knights, who struggled all game with turnovers and errant passes.
“Today just really came down to a lot of the little things,” Southington head coach Ron Chase said. “We won a lot of face offs, which is nice. But we struggled on offense, especially keeping possession. We hung in there and fought, but they’re a good team. They were just too fast for us.”
The Blue Knights only managed 11 shots on goal. Johanns and Ethan Thompson were the only two players on the team to get at least three shots on net.
Alex Turi, Luke Ryan and Colin Williams all finished with hat tricks for the Tomahawks. In all, 12 different Glastonbury players found the back of the net. Justin Hazard was also a key factor in facilitating the offense with a goal and three assists.
Junior goalkeeper Garrett Gagnon started the game in goal for the Tomahawks, stopping five shots in the first half. Thomas O’Connor finished the game, stopping four Southington shots over the final two quarters.
“Glastonbury is a good team, so I have to give them credit,” Chase said. “Year in and year out, they’re a good team. It was kind of an outmanned, outgunned situation, but I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and fighting until the end.”
One bright spot for the team was goalkeeper Jacob Cardozo, despite Glastonbury’s 19 goals.. The junior typically plays midfield, and found out just minutes before the game that he was going to start in goal because of Garrett Brown, the team’s usual goaltender, being out with an illness.
“I knew I had to step up for my brothers, my team,” Cardozo said. “I told coach I was ready to go and he put his trust in me.”
Cardozo tallied 14 saves on 33 shots on goal. Cardozo had 10 saves in the first half alone and was a big part of why the Blue Knights were able to keep the game as close as it was heading into the second half.
The loss, however, means the Blue Knights are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Chase expressed disappointment at the result, but said he was still proud of his team for their efforts this season, especially considering the team has only two seniors.
“Last year, we were 2-14,” Chase said. “This year, we completely turned that around. We only have a couple of guys leaving, so I’m excited to see what this team can do next year.”
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