New Canaan Country School boys’ varsity lacrosse delivered their second, consecutive, undefeated season, with a 12- 0 final record. The team, consisting of Upper School students (grades 7, 8 and 9), netted 116 goals versus just 39 allowed.
“I have been impressed with this team’s ability to come together as a united front and deliver some truly high-caliber lacrosse,” said Upper School Teacher and Head Coach Charles Khuen. “We had leaders on both sides of the ball who rallied us when we needed to refocus.”
The team was led by ninth grade captains Carter Alvord, Alex Byrne, Owen Collins and Jeffrey Ricciardelli. Face-off specialist, Owen Collins, helped control possession time and added strength and speed in the midfield, while Alex Byrne’s quick feet and positioning anchored the defense. Eighth grade goalie Thomas Ricciardelli exhibited net-tending skills more commonly seen at the college level. Jeffrey Ricciardelli was the go-to player on offense, averaging close to 5 goals per game.
Highlights of the season included a championship win at the 2018 Lacrosse Invitational Tournament and back-to-back, hard-fought wins against perennial rival, Brunswick. The tension was palpable when, in the final game of the season, the Bruins from Greenwich led 3-0 at the half. The Cougars found their strength from within, clawing their way back with 6 unanswered goals for the victory.
“It has been a fun ride with some shared memories which will not be soon forgotten. I am so proud of this team!” said Coach Khuen.
Members of the team included (front row, from left to right) Will Johnson, Jackson Alpaugh, Charlie Gaynor, Cody Comyns, Owen Collins, Jeffrey Ricciardelli, Rett Ziegler, Walker Blair, Carter Spain,
(top row, left to right) Assistant Coach Furbee, Nick Lancaster, Peter DiOreo, Ram Perez, Alex Byrne, Carter Alvord, Alex Sotirhos, Tyler Galante, Thomas Ricciardelli, James Kontulis, Assistant Coach Johnson, and Head Coach Khuen.