“It’s always usually a one- or two-goal game,” Fieldston coach Keith Bergin said. … “It’s always close.”
This one was not.
Following a timeout, the Eagles scored five straight times to pull away for a convincing 10-4 win over the visiting Falcons in Ivy League boys lacrosse Wednesday. Sam Healy scored three times and dominated the faceoff circle to help Fieldston control possession. Grady Smith and Tanner Morris each had a goal and an assist and Ben Pruzen scored twice.
Fieldston's Grady Smith scored twice and handed out an assist.
Fieldston Sam Healy avoids Riverdale's Josh Wexlar-Waite.
“I don’t know if I would say surprised, more ecstatic how dominant it was,” Healy said. “Our goal is to win the league and this wins gets us closer to that goal.”
Fieldston, ranked No. 2 in the city by The Post, was coming off a lopsided loss to unbeaten division leader Hackley on Monday and the fourth-ranked Falcons (3-2) came after a costly 15-0 win over Collegiate where they lost top defender Dave Karp to a knee injury. In a tight race, a losing streak only makes things more difficult.
“We took from it that it’s not invincible,” Smith said. “We have a lot of flaws, but when we execute, we have a lot of great players and we can play with anybody.”
The Eagles (4-1) made things easy on themselves, going back to playing cohesively and disciplined on offense after a timeout following a Grant Perelman goal that cut the lead to 5-3 for Riverdale with 7:15 to go in the third. Fieldston keeper Daniel Locker stopped Jake Margolis’s shot from less than 10 yards out to the right post to preserve the advantage.
Smith got the decisive five-goal outburst that followed started with a blast from 10 yards out and assisted one of Jake Schneider’s two goals to cap it. Fieldston, which continues to get balanced scoring, led 10-3 with 6:46 left in the game. Perelman had two goals and an assists for Riverdale.
“For us to come out like we did after that timeout and start scoring again and just shut them off to four [goals], I don’t think that’s happened yet [this season],” Healy said.
Bergin said his team didn’t feel good about itself leaving the field against Hackley. Healy noticed a palpable excitement in school before a game to redeem themselves against one of their bigger rivals and it translated into an important win
“To try to swing back the momentum in out favor is huge,” Smith said. “We have a tough game on Friday [with] Dalton…We want to keep our confidence as high as we can.”
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