Lacrosse notes: Spina lighting it up for Bristol boys

What could Andrew Spina do for an encore after tallying nine goals and three assists in the Bristol Co-op boys lacrosse team’s win over Windsor on April 28?

How about eight goals and five assists? Those were Spina’s totals in Bristol’s 16-4 home win over Wolcott on Saturday afternoon at sunny Bristol Eastern High School. Yikes.

Spina scored early and often for Bristol, which led 5-2 before erupting in the third period to put the game away. Spina had plenty of help on the offensive end from Ayden “Tank” Cross and Nathan Shorette. Dylan Brown was terrific at long stick midfielder, taking the ball quickly from the defensive end to the offensive end to create quick-strike opportunities.

On defense, Kenny Whitford and Chris Sirois were strong. Max Stavens was solid in goal, including some good saves on rockets from Wolcott shooters.

Anthony Bell worked to keep the Eagles in the game in the first half with a pair of goals.

Here are my photos from Saturday’s game. And here’s some video highlights from Saturday’s game.

A first for Waterbury: The Holy Cross and Watertown boys teams hooked up for the first high school lacrosse game in the history of the Municipal Stadium complex on Wednesday. The Crusaders battled back to within five goals after a rough first half but ultimately fell, 15-7, to the Warriors.

Declan McGrath, David SantaMaria and Anthony Ruggia had two goals each while Samuel DePietro added a goal. Marco Ruggia made 11 saves for Holy Cross, which is 3-4 on the season after a loss at Somers on Saturday. Here are my photos from that historic first game.

Bristol Central girls doing well: The Rams improved to 4-1-1 on the season with an 11-3 win at Lewis Mills on Wednesday. Maddie Secor had four goals and Emily Lowe added three goals to lead Central. Ava Bouchard scored twice while Rachel Wygant and Sydney Rodriguez added a goal apiece. Alyah Rodriguez Warren was dominant in goal with 12 saves.

The win over Mills followed a hard-earned 10-8 win over Bristol Eastern on April 25. Secor scored four in that game while Lowe and Kaylynn LaPointe added two goals apiece. Abby Duval and Emma Burciaga tallied a goal each.

Bristol Eastern girls bounce back: The Lancers may have lost to their city rival, but they rebounded well with back-to-back wins over Windsor (17-3) on Wednesday and Middletown (13-10) on Friday to get to 4-4. Emma Stavens and Ciara Collins had six goals apiece in the win over the Warriors. Alison Sullivan and Vanessa Drury scored two goals apiece while Sarah Hartley added one.

In the Middletown game, Eastern trailed, 5-3, but erupted for six goals in just eight minutes to claim the lead. Stavens had six goals and Collins added five goals while McKenzie Aparo and Maggie Kozikowski tallied a goal apiece. Avery Ellis played well in goal in both wins. Jayna Hatcher and Leah Roy were strong on defense against Middletown.

St. Paul boys snap skid: The Falcons grabbed a much-needed victory, 17-2, over Capital Prep at home on Wednesday. The win was a big one for St. Paul, which had two losses to Watertown sandwiched around a two-goal defeat against Haddam-Killingworth over its past three contests. The Falcons (4-5) are scheduled to play their next four games (Lewis Mills, Morgan, Bristol, Wolcott) at home.

St. Paul girls get on the board: After three straight losses to open the season, the Falcons picked up a win, 17-7, at Wolcott on Wednesday. St. Paul has a 1-4 record entering a busy four-game week.

Wolcott wants wins: Both the Eagle boys (0-7) and girls (0-10) are still in search of their first victories of the season.

PHOTO CAPTION: Bristol’s Andrew Spina has 17 goals and eight assists in his last two games. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)