High School Roundup Feda powers GHS lacrosse past Iona Prep
As Greenwich High School boys lacrosse coach Bobby Lutz said following his team’s game against Iona Prep on Saturday, Jack Feda is on an unbelievable tear right now.
Feda, a senior attackman, registered his third straight seven-goal performance on Saturday and as a result, the Cardinals recorded their third consecutive victory.
Behind seven goals from Feda and two tallies from senior Matt Davey, Greenwich posted a well-earned 10-8 victory over Iona Prep from New Rochelle, N.Y., at Cardinal Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinals concluded their regular season with a record of 8-7. Greenwich has clinched a spot in the state tournament, but they must take a wait-and-see approach to find out of they’ve qualified for the eight-team FCIAC Tournament, which commences next week.
If Brien McMahon defeats Westhill Tuesday, Greenwich will receive a bid into the FCIAC Tournament. Should Westhill be victorious, there’s a couple of other scenarios that could get Greenwich in.
The Bucknell University-bound Feda tallied four times in the first half for Greenwich, which entered halftime with a 6-4 lead on the Gaels.
“I felt like I was on today,” Feda said. “I came out here earlier, like seven o’ clock (the game began at noon) and was shooting at these nets and it paid off. Now we are 8-7, so it’s great to have a winning record at the end of the regular season. We’re playing our best lacrosse going into the postseason.”
Ahead 6-4, Greenwich extended its lead when Feda cut to the goal, caught a pass from senior Charlie Graves and snapped a shot past Iona Prep’s goalie, making it 7-4 at the 10:24 mark of the third quarter.
Feda tallied off a dodge after running from behind the net, putting GHS on top, 8-4 with 9:56 to go in the third quarter. Graves, who assisted on three goals, fed Feda again for a goal, giving the home team a 9-4 advantage with 5:05 still left in the third stanza.
“We had a great week of practice, we played well against Brien McMahon (a victory on Wednesday) and had two wins in a row coming into this game and we felt great,” Feda said. “Our offense was clicking today. It’s a great time to be playing your best lacrosse. Whoever we play at FCIACs, we know we can give them a fight.”
Iona Prep rallied to close to within 9-8. Attackman John Mitchell began the Gaels’ run with a man-up goal late in the third quarter. Jake Pasacreta scored off a dodge 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, then tallied again less than two minutes later, bringing the visitors to within 9-7. A tally by atack Will Minihan cut Greenwich’s lead to 9-8 with 7:15 remaining in the final quarter.
The Gaels threatened to tie the score several times in the fourth quarter, but GHS senior goalie Teddy Bacon came up with key saves. Supported by stellar defensive play from Tyler Dietrich (senior), Jack Ludington and Nick Veronis, Bacon finished with 11 saves.
“Tyler Dietrich has been playing well on defense all year and we have a bunch of young kids who have really come into their own,” Bacon said. “Our defense make it easy for me by giving up a lot of outside shots. All the credit to them.”
Davey gave the Cardinals a little more breathing room, tallying with 3:06 left in the final quarter to put the team on top, 10-8. Owen Gwozdz assisted on three goals in the win.
Greenwich concluded a 3-0 week, with Feda scoring 21 goals during the stretch.
“This was a good win and it was good to see that we can compete with a strong team like this,” Lutz said. “You want to have some momentum going into the offseason, which we have now. Jack (Feda) is on such an unbelievable tear now, it’s tough to stop him.”
GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS LACROSSE
Greenwich extended its winning streak to six games, downing Danbury, 10-6, in an FCIAC softball game held on Friday. The win moved Greenwich’s record to 12-7 overall and 9-6 in the FCIAC. With one game remaining, the Cardinals still have a chance to qualify for the conference tournament, which commences next week.
On Friday, sophomore catcher Olivia McClammy continued her torrid hitting, going 3 for 4 with a grand slam and four RBIs to power Greenwich. Senior pitcher Sophia Prieto was 3 for 3 with an RBI and senior outfielder Charli Faugno had two hits and drove in four runs for the Cardinals.
Senior shortstop Emma Beinstein and senior Michelle Morganti also paced the Cards at the plate. Beinstein was 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Morganti had two hits and one RBI in the win.
Greenwich’s big inning was the fourth, when it scored five runs. Danbury had a four-run fourth inning.
GREENWICH ACADEMY GOLF
Greenwich Academy clinched the FAA regular season championship with a 5-0 win over School of the Holy Child in a match held at Innis Arden Golf Club in Greenwich on Thursday.
Emmy Sammons won her match at the No. 1 spot for GA, 4 and 2. Maryanne Grace was a 4 and 2 winner at No. 2, as were Sofia Manuel and Sammy Doniger at the third and fourth spots for the Gators.
Megan Belcastro won her match at the fifth spot by default. Greenwich Academy also posted wins against Taft School, Choate Rosemary Hall and Riverdale Country School during its busy week.
GA will compete in the NEPSAC Championships on Monday at Wyantenuck Country Club in Massachusetts.