Glastonbury Captures CCC West Title Against Simsbury

WEST HARTFORD-Glastonbury appeared to be in serious trouble midway through the third quarter of Thursday’s boys lacrosse CCC West Tournament championship against Simsbury. After taking a 7-3 lead into halftime, the Tomahawks had allowed the Trojans to score three quick goals to make it 7-6. Simsbury had obtained all the momentum, and was doing a better job of moving the ball and pressuring Glastonbury’s offense. Just when it looked like the Tomahawks might relinquish the lead however, they buckled down and displayed their championship skill and spirit.

Glastonbury scored three consecutive goals to take a 10-6 lead 10 seconds into the fourth, and went on to win the championship by a score of 11-8. The defense held the Trojans scoreless for the final 7:48.

With the victory, the Tomahawks returned the favor after falling 12-4 to Simsbury in last season’s championship game.

Simsbury began its third quarter rally 1:10 in when Zach Levin beat Mark Zimmerman high and to his right. 2:35 later, Riley Chapman bounced a shot past Zimmerman to make the score 7-5. Sean Penney then fired a shot in at the 5:43 mark to cut the deficit to one. Each of these goals came off of face-off wins by Alex George.

While the Trojans offense was waking up, Glastonbury’s was slumbering. It went scoreless for the final 7:13 of the first half and continued to struggle with maintaining possession and obtaining good shots in the opening minutes of the second. Despite this, the offense continued to be patient, and was rewarded midway through the third when Ronan Jacoby beat defensive pressure and whipped the ball past Colin Walsh for his second goal of the game.

Jacoby’s score rejuvenated the Tomahawks. They increased the defensive pressure and began limiting Simsbury’s ball movement and forcing inaccurate shots. This allowed Glastonbury’s offense to push the tempo, leading to gorgeous goals by Jacoby and Hawkins, the first coming with 37.7 seconds remaining in the third.

“We knew that Simsbury would play hard for the entire 48 minutes,” Glastonbury coach Scott Hinchey said. “We were able to withstand their run. Our defense clamped down and we valued our possessions when it started getting tight, and we were able to make some good plays at the end (of the third).”

The Trojans made one last push in the fourth after the Tomahawks took a four-goal lead. Penny scored twice 2:08 and 4:12 in to make the score 10-8. Aidan Flood answered with 6:23 remaining when he fired a shot through a crowd of defenders, and the defense was able to deny Simsbury open shots to secure Glastonbury’s win.

The Tomahawks offense came out on fire. Jake Madnick scored their first goal roughly 10 seconds into the game when he buried a high shot past Walsh, and the barrage continued from there. Following George’s game-tying score, Glastonbury scored six of the next seven goals and opened a 7-2 lead midway through the second. Jacoby and Alex Stomberg each scored twice during the run.

“We came out in the beginning hard and with energy,” Hinchey said. “Jake has been our motor all year. He’s a competitor and he gets us going.”

“We came out with some fire at the beginning and we kept it up through the game,” said Madnick, who recorded two assists and won four ground balls and was named the game’s MVP. “We played as a unit and won the hustle plays. Winning those was the biggest key (to the victory).”

“It felt great,” Madnick said about his quick opening goal. “I just wanted to come out with some energy and get the guys going. Winning most of the opening face-offs helped us get on a roll. Possession is key in lacrosse, and it really made a difference keeping the ball away from their offense.”

Jacoby led Glastonbury with four goals, while Hawkins and Stomberg both scored twice. Hawkins led the team with four assists. Penney led the way for Simsbury by recording both three goals and assists. Zimmerman made five saves, while Walsh had 12.

With the win, the Tomahawks improved to 15-3. Simsbury and Glastonbury are seeded first and second in the Class L bracket. The Tomahawks will face the winner of the play-in game between Hall and NFA next Wednesday. They lost to Fairfield Warde in the first round last year.

Hinchey and Madnick are excited for the tournament and have confidence in the team.

“At this point in the year, we don’t feel that opponents matter as much,” Hinchey said. “It’s about how we come out and prepare every day. No matter who we play, we feel it’s about us coming together and giving the energy. We can do some damage if we stick together.”

“We have to focus on ourselves. If we do that, we should have a good states run,” Madnick said.

Mike Hawkins shows off his moves while trying to avoid Simsbury defenders.

Mike Hawkins shows off his moves while trying to avoid Simsbury defenders.

 

Jake Madnick's pinpoint pass helps set up a goal for Ronan Jacoby.

Jake Madnick’s pinpoint pass helps set up a goal for Ronan Jacoby.

 

Ryan Trzcinski overpowers an opponent with his defense.

Ryan Trzcinski overpowers an opponent with his defense.

Adan Flood lets out a yell while charging down the field.

Adan Flood lets out a yell while charging down the field.

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