Kyle McGinnis scored seven goals to power the Shelton High boys lacrosse team to a 14-4 SCC victory over Jonathan Law on Thursday night at Finn Stadium.
McGinnis, a junior, rattled off a natural hat trick, plus one more goal, during a run of 10 straight goals by the Gaels that turned a 4-3 lead into a 14-3 cushion.
“It’s a huge win for us,” said McGinnis, after Shelton improved to 5-7 overall in its quest to qualify for the state tournament. “Every game is all or nothing.”
Senior tri-captain David Hodosi added three goals for the Gaels on their Senior Night, while classmate Shane Higgins added two markers. Paul Russell and Keith Prior chipped in with one goal apiece.
David Patrick scored two goals for the Lawmen (5-8) and Nick Art and Tyler Cavallaro tallied one each.
Law took an early 1-0 edge on Art’s marker, but the Lawmen couldn’t slow down McGinnis, who also dominated in the faceoff circle. After Art’s opener with 7:06 left in the first quarter, McGinnis struck for a goal after winning the faceoff.
After capturing the ensuing draw as well, McGinnis set up Russell for the go-ahead goal and the Gaels never trailed again.
“He’s one of the hardest-working players I’ve had in nineteen years of coaching,” Shelton High head coach Matt Read said of McGinnis.
It was a tale of two halves for Law, which dropped a 7-4 decision to West Haven High on Monday night.
“It kind of got away from us in the second half,” Law head coach Mike Forget said. “We were able to maintain good possession and get good looks at the goal. It helped us in the first half. In the second half, unfortunately, just too many fastbreaks for them was our demise.”
The Lawmen host Notre Dame of West Haven (8-5) on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Shelton returns to action next Tuesday with a road game at Hamden High (5-8) at 7 p.m.