BERLIN -- An eight-goal run powered Southington boys lacrosse past Berlin, 13-6, Monday at Scalise Field.
The Redcoats led 2-0 early, but the Blue Knights scored eight times over three quarters to pull away.
Berlin brought it to within four goals after three quarters at 9-5, but Southington slotted four more goals in the final frame to take the victory.
"I thought we didn't play at our best tonight, I thought we had some missed opportunities," Blue Knights coach Ron Chase said. "I'll take the [W]. It's always a chippy game with Berlin. They always come out hard against us."
Senior Jack Tedone and freshman Gavin Pelletier each recorded four goals for the Blue Knights, while Rory Missal and Sebby Foresi potted two goals apiece.
"Ron's got a really deep program this year, he's got some great players," Redcoats coach Scott Rossi said. "They're well coached. It's always a battle against these guys and they came out on top. Very aggressive defense and for us, we're a little younger, less experienced team so it's a good learning experience game for these guys."
Tedone totaled a game-high five points on the night and led Southington in shots with eight.
“Jack is a gamer. He’s as good as it gets as a midfielder in our state,” Chase said. “He’s all-around effort. The kid’s effort is unquestionable, his skill is unquestionable, his leadership is unquestionable, he’s just a great all-around player.”
Lincoln Cardillo and Nate Hunt rounded out the Blue Knights’ scorers as six different players concluded with points.
Juniors Danny Veronesi and John Mcgeever led Berlin, each tallying two goals. R.J. Mrachek and Gavin Jordan got the other two goals for the Redcoats.
Despite the goal total, Southington used a patient approach offensively, making multiple passes around before deciding on an open lane to shot through.
“We threw a zone at them tonight so we were looking to take the air out of the ball and kind of slow it down,” Rossi said. “That benefits us more I think. They just have really talented kids moving the ball quickly. There’s not much you can do.”
Matt Rodrigues earned the win in goal for the Blue Knights with three saves while Berlin received 10 saves from Adam Gauvin.
Southington wound up with two scoring streaks in the contest, one eight-goals long and the other four-goals long late in the game.
“We’re a pretty streaky team, but then we let down in the third quarter,” Chase said. “We let up three straight goals in the third quarter. I didn’t think we played particularly good defense in the third quarter. We had a lot of penalties in the third quarter, but then we score four in the fourth quarter. We’re a pretty streaky team like that. We’re just still trying to find the way to put four quarters today.
Southington (7-4) has won five of its last six and will visit Hall on Thursday at 6 p.m. Berlin (2-9) have now lost four in a row and will host Middletown on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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