CHESHIRE — This spring, the Sheehan boys lacrosse team attained a level of achievement not previously seen in the program’s brief six-year varsity existence.
Double-digit wins, a deep run in the state tournament.
The Catch-22 of sailing higher seas, of course, is that sooner or later you’ll likely hit water that’s simply too deep.
On Wednesday night, in the Class S semifinals, the Titans got caught up in the riptide of defending state champ St. Joseph, falling 21-4 on the neutral turf of Cheshire’s Alumni Field.
At No. 4, the Titans had the higher seed. Yet in taking on the No. 8 Cadets, they were going up against a squad that spends the regular season playing Connecticut’s lacrosse elite in the FCIAC.
It showed on Wednesday night. St. Joe’s scored the first five goals of the game and led 11-2 by halftime.
Ryan Daly scored six goals, Cole Dasilva delivered four and three other players — Jack Carpenter, Jack Coughlin and Declan McGinley — notched hat tricks as St. Joe’s improved to 13-5 and advanced to Championshp Saturday.
It will be the ninth appearance in a state lacrosse final since 2009 for the Cadets, who are looking for their sixth crown. They’ll face No. 3 Bacon Academy (15-4), a 10-9 winner over No. 15 East Catholic in Wednesday’s first semifinal at Cheshire.
Sheehan, meanwhile, saw it’s best-ever season end at 14-5.
“I think for a program that’s only been around for a few years, we accomplished a lot this year,” said Sheehan coach Dan Wostbrock. “We knew coming in that St. Joe’s was going to be tough. We were scared by the name a little bit and came out a little flat. We started to show ourselves at the end, but we always wish we could do better.
The Titans got their goals from Justin Williams, Hunter Perrelli, Wes Terzi and Anthony Lupo.
All but Wililams are seniors. In all, the Titans will graduate 11 players. Along with Wednesday night’s goal-scorers, Sheehan will bid farewell to Jake Smith, Aaron Simmons, Luke Willette, Jesse Johnson, Michael Petrucelli, Adam Shoshani, Kyle Fitzgerald and William Guido.
“We built the team around the seniors and we’re definitely going to miss them,” Wostbrock said. “It was a great year and I couldn’t have been prouder of the guys.”
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