Tuesday, April 24, 2018

St. Paul boys lacrosse off to awesome start

Kevin Ashworth and the St. Paul boys lacrosse team are off
to a 7-0 start after Monday's 16-2 win over Wolcott.
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Another match, another easy win for the St. Paul boys lacrosse team on Monday.
This time, Wolcott was the opponent. The Falcons sprinted out to a 9-1 halftime lead and wound up winning 16-2. St. Paul is 7-0 and has outscored opponents by an astounding margin of 125-18. Six of those matches have been against Western Connecticut Lacrosse Conference foes.
Freshman Brycen Kennedy had seven goals and two assists, and junior Kevin Ashworth added four goals and four assists. Sophomore Tucker Raymond tallied three goals and three assists. Senior captain Chris Dionne had a goal and an assist, junior Ryan Prendergast scored a goal, and junior Connor Bogdanski tallied an assist. 
That's a lot of offense, and that's what St. Paul has brought to the field in the first seven games. Raymond, Kennedy and Ashworth are the attackmen, and they are dynamic together. Raymond and Kennedy find themselves among the state leaders in goals and total points, according to results reported by teams to MaxPreps. Dionne is also capable of scoring for the Falcons, giving them four legitimate threats.
When St. Paul won the faceoff against Wolcott, it immediately bolted into the Eagle end of the field, and often found the goal in quick fashion.
St. Paul head coach Chris Kennedy looks on during Monday's match.
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Head coach Chris Kennedy is happy with where the Falcons are, but he knows there's more work to be done. 
There are also some tough non-conference matchups coming up. St. Paul hosts Jonathan Law of Milford today at 4 p.m. Law is 3-3, but it plays in the much larger Southern Connecticut Conference. On May 7, St. Paul welcomes North Branford of the Shoreline Conference at 4 p.m. Two days later, the Falcons are under the lights at 6:30 against Northwest Catholic of the Central Connecticut Conference. St. Paul is at Canton of the North Central Connecticut Conference on May 12. On May 15, the Falcons host Bristol Eastern of the CCC at 4 p.m. The final non-conference matchup is at Woodstock Academy of the Eastern Connecticut Conference on May 17.
Kennedy and his coaching staff are looking to see how St. Paul stacks up against its non-conference schedule. The first issue for any St. Paul opponent, however, will be to figure out how to slow down the explosive Falcon offense.

GALLERY: Click here to see my photos from Monday's match.

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