NCCS first faced off against tournament host GCDS, securing a strong lead with three goals in the first two minutes of play. GCDS was able to slow the game down and work their offensive sets, which put three more goals on the board; however, it was ultimately no match for NCCS, who prevailed with a final score of 8-3.
NCCS went on to defeat a physically challenging Rectory School team from Pomfret, whose direct style of attack did not make a dent in New Canaan’s game. The final tally was an 8-0 shutout for the New Canaan Country School Cougars.
Following this second victory, NCCS went on to play a young Foote School team who had travelled down from New Haven. The Foote squad possessed several strong players who were able to score twice in quick succession, forcing the Cougars to wake up and reassert a final 10-2 grip over their opponents.
The final game of the tournament saw a physical, yet tired, Upland Country Day School from Kennett Square, PA, work hard to keep pace with New Canaan’s offense and increasingly vigilant defense. Although the opposition had few shots on goal, they forced the Cougars to play hard and earn their final 8-0 victory, securing the 2018 first place trophy.
“I am proud of our team’s performance and sportsmanship. It was a fun day,” said Varsity Coach and Upper School Teacher Charles Khuen.
Members of New Canaan Country School’s varsity team include: Alex Byrne of Darien, Tyler Galante of Darien, Jeffrey Ricciardelli of New Canaan, James Kontulis of New Canaan, Owen Collins of Darien, Carter Alvord of New Canaan, Carter Spain of New Canaan, Peter Diorio of West Redding, Thomas Ricciardelli of New Canaan, Byrne Matthews of New Canaan, Cody Comyns of New Canaan, Charlie Gaynor of Bedford, NY, Jackson Alpaugh of Darien, Rett Ziegler of Rowayton, Walker Blair of New Canaan, Will Johnson of Darien, Alex Sotirhos of New Canaan and Jamie Staniar of Darien. Head Coach Charles Khuen is assisted by Marshall Johnson and Tom Furbee, who also teach at the Pre-K through Grade 9 school.