Brien McMahon's boys lacrosse had a 7-6 lead, possession of the ball and was two minutes away from one of its biggest wins of the year Saturday against New Canaan. The Senators couldn't close it out, however, losing to the Rams in a heart-breaking 8-7 triple overtime contest on their home field.
Matt Blasco scored his second goal with 2:20 left in the third overtime to lift the Rams (9-6 overall, 8-2 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference). The Senators, who lost to Ridgefield on Thursday, slipped to 10-4 overall and 8-3 in the FCIAC.
With the season winding down and both teams headed to the league playoffs, Saturday's contest had a playoff feel. Led by two goals and two assists by Drew D'Antonio, the Senators built a 7-3 lead with 10:06 remaining on a goal by Ivan Matson. McMahon also received two goals from Jake Conroy and one each from Ryan Scott and Scott McCormack. Goalie Luke Aubrey (eight saves) played well behind a stiff defense that thwarted New Canaan's offense most of the game.
The Rams' Duke Repko scored with 8:50 left to start New Canaan's comeback. Blasco connected at 6:30 and Peter Kraus scored a man-up goal with 3:18 left to get within one. That goal particularly frustrated McMahon, which had possession while a man down and inexplicably fired on goal, rather than trying to kill the penalty. Kraus made them pay, and he scored again with 1:43 left to force overtime.
McMahon had several quality chances in the overtime sessions, but couldn't slip a shot past New Canaan goalie Jimmy Joe Granito (18 saves). Blasco scored in transition to start the New Canaan celebration.
"Any time you can win in triple overtime it's huge,'' New Canaan coach Alex Whitten said. "McMahon played with a lot of heart, as much as any team that I've seen this season. We can learn from that about how hard you need to play."
The game was the final regular season FCIAC contest for the Senators, who meet Masuk on Monday at 4 and Glastonbury on Wednesday.
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