Host Trumbull High’s boys lacrosse team defeated Shelton 7-5 in hard-fought, defensive-minded Class L state tournament qualifying round clash, on Friday night.
The No. 16 Eagles (9-7 during the regular season) advance to take on top-seeded Simsbury in the first round, on June 3, and the No. 17 Gaels (8-8 during the campaign) saw its season end despite a valiant comeback effort.
Shelton clawed back from a 4-2 deficit late in the third quarter but, just six seconds after the Gaels drew even, the Eagles went back in front, and never looked back. Sam Watson finished a pretty passing play when Dominic Bova got the ball off the faceoff, raced toward the goal, and passed to Tom Schutz, who then set up Watson for a 5-4 edge with two minutes left in the quarter.
The Eagles scored twice in the fourth quarter for a 7-4 lead, the biggest spread between the teams all night long. Shelton led 1-0 after one quarter of play, and held a 2-1 lead before the Eagles scored three unanswered goals in the second.
Watson and Jacob Howes both scored three goals, and Tom Schutz also hit the back of the net for Trumbull. Kyle McGinnis scored three times, and Keith Prior and Shane Higgins scored for the Gaels.
Trumbull goaltender Danny Forren made 20 saves, and Jake Bova made two stops when he helped stymie the Gaels during a man-up situation during which Forren was penalized. Shelton netminder Timothy Schiffer stopped 13 shots.