Glastonbury Captures CCC West Title With Win Against Simsbury

GlASTONBURY-The Glastonbury boys lacrosse team was fired up for Friday night’s matchup with Simsbury, to say the least. The winner would earn a signature victory and the CCC West regular season title and claim the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. Most thought the game would come down the wire. They were incorrect.

Glastonbury grabbed control in the second quarter and cruised to a 12-4 win on Senior Night. The Tomahawks thoroughly outplayed the No. 8 Trojans on both sides of the ball.

With the win, Glastonbury ends the regular season 13-3. They will host 9-6 Hall on Tuesday in one of the West semi-finals. Simsbury will host Conard in the other semi.

Five players (Ronan Jacoby, Drew Babiak, Jake Madnick, Andrew Cendana, Alex Stomberg) scored twice for the Tomahawks.

After falling behind 1-0 early, Madnick tied the game midway through the first quarter. Ryan Trzcinski then gave Glastonbury the lead when he beat Colin Walsh to his right. Trzcinski’s goal helped set up the Tomahawks run in the second quarter.

Cendana scored Glastonbury’s first goal of the quarter 5:38 in when he beat Walsh high. The Tomahawks quickly got the ball back and wasted no time capitalizing, as Cendana scored again just over a minute later. Jacoby gave them a 5-1 lead with 3:25 remaining, and Babiak scored the team’s final goal of the half with just over a minute remaining. The senior ran behind the goal and then came back around and beat Walsh low and to his right. Each of these goals was set up by efficient ball movement and passing and good communication between players.

“Did I expect it (the score) to be like this? Probably not. But when our team puts their mind to something, they play well and that’s what we did all day,” Glastonbury coach Scott Hinchey said. “We Othat’s been here and they were excited for tonight.”

“Getting this win and winning the division is great. It will give us swagger heading into the tournament,” Babiak said. “On offense we’ve been focusing on moving the ball well and playing laid back, and we did a good job of that today. We played good man-to-man defense and kept their players outside, which forced poor shots. Overall, we played very fundamentally sound.”

Glastonbury’s defense was suffocating both in the first half and in the third as the team increased its lead. Simsbury struggled with moving the ball and was mostly unable to set up good shots. When the Trojans were able to generate offensive flow and get good looks at the goal, they had to contend with the goaltending tandem of Mark Zimmerman and Griffin Jagel. They combined to stop 18 of 22 shots, making a handful of highly athletic saves. The Tomahawks held Simsbury to its lowest scoring output of the season.

“We’ve had a little bit of an inconsistency there this season, but we have two sophomores who contribute there for us and they made some great plays today,” Hinchey said. “They’re excited to be here, they’re focused, and they made some great saves.”

Glastonbury added to its lead just nine seconds into the third. Madnick won the faceoff, raced towards the goal and whipped the ball into the net. Hunter Chapman ended the Trojans scoring drought 2:15 in, but the Tomahawks scored the quarter’s final three goals courtesy of Mike Hawkins, Jacoby and Babiak.

Stomberg scored Glastonbury’s final two goals, with the pair coming within just over a minute of one another. Levin scored twice in the final three minutes. Simsbury suffered its first conference loss since May 17, 2013, also against Glastonbury.

Hinchey and Babiak are both feeling confident heading into Tuesday’s tournament matchup with Hall.

“We’ll let them enjoy this conference title for a day or two and then prepare hard,” Hinchey said. “If we play to our full potential, we can definitely win the tournament.”

We’ll immediately turn the page and refocus for Tuesday,” Babiak said. “If we play with good effort and execute, we should win.”

 

 

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