Greenwich boys lacrosse full of experience and ready for playoff runs

Greenwich High School head coach Scott Bulkley has every reason to be excited about this year’s boys lacrosse team.

With an incredibly young team last year and all but three kids returning for this season, Bulkley expects a lot from his group of Cardinals.

“We definitely have some really good players and kids that have worked really hard to get ready for this year,” Bulkley said.

Last year, Greenwich finished the season 9-9 overall. In the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoff opener, Big Red fell to New Canaan High School, 9-3. In the CIAC class L tournament, Big Red ended its season with a 15-5 loss to its rival Fairfield Prep.

This year the team will be led by senior captains Dan Griffin, a mainstay in the defense, faceoff specialist Graham Savio and goalie William Waesche.

Greenwich’s leader in the midfielders are Alex Moeser and Kyle Foote. Moeser will be playing lacrosse at Hofstra University next year, while Foote is going to attend Loyola in the fall.

“Alex is one of the best midfielders in the state,” Bulkley said. “He plays offense, defense and can run the field really well. Kyle is another midfielder and he could absolutely shoot the light’s out. He’s one of the best pure shooters that I’ve seen in quite some time, both righty and lefty.”

Joining the duo of Moeser and Foote in the midfield will be Ryan Flippin, a junior who Bulkley said won’t get pushed around by a lot of opponents this year due to his size and strength.

Foote, Moeser and the rest of the midfield, will be setting the table for attacker Decker Curran, who Bulkley expects big things from.

“He’s only a sophomore and already he’s committed to Michigan,” Bulkley said. “He can shoot the ball really well as a sophomore and is very similar to the way Foote was last year for us. He has really good skills, but hasn’t really filled out in his body yet. He’s still growing, but he’s a very talented young man.”

Junior Jaime Paradise will be another attackman that Bulkley has high expectations for. Other veteran attackers for Big Red this year will be Michael Ellsworth, Shawn Dunster, Kevin Davis and Will Gibian. Bulkley said they all just plugs away, fills in the holes in the attack and could play multiple spots if needed.

Other players on the offense that will fill in the roles behind the mainstays are Alex Oropall, Sam Saleeby and Kelley Jay.

Helping get the offense going will be Graham Savio, as he will be going to battle as the team’s faceoff person. This year Savio’s been getting some help with faceoffs, as former GHS standout lacrosse star Ryan Benincasa, who attended the University of Virginia and Tim Noskin, who went to the University of Maryland, have given Savio some pointers.

“I think he’s the best faceoff guy in the state and he’s going to give us the opportunity to give our offense a lot of possessions,” Bulkley said. “He’s probably the strongest kid we have on the team. He’s very quick and really takes the craft of the faceoff seriously. He’s great at getting the groundballs. If he keeps on winning the faceoffs, that means there will be a lot less shots that our goalie has to face.”

Bulkley said that he wants the Cardinals to play smart, team ball and be consistent. However don’t expect Big Red to sit back all of the time.

“The thing I don’t want to do is put the chains on these guys and hold them back because there are kids on here that are really good at going up and down, get after it and get a lot of shots off,” Bulkley said. “We will still play a bunch of run-and-gun, but we are going be somewhere between a patient offense and a run-and-gun offense. It really depends on who we are playing. We have the potential to run-and-gun, but we also have the potential to slow it down and play good, smart offense.”

Greenwich’s defense will be led by returning senior captain Waesche. Bulkley said that he wants Waesche, who has been around the varsity program since his freshman year, to be the quarterback of the defense.

“He’s learned all the defenses and he’s a solid player,” Bulkley said. “He’s a really athletic goalie and makes saves that he shouldn’t make. He’s a lefty and that’s great because a lot of people are used to shooting on righties. Having a lefty goalie is big because a lot of shots are saved are just because shooters don’t recognize that he’s a lefty. He’ll come out of the cage and clear balls out by himself. He’s also a focal leader and he’s got a good defense in front of him.”

Jack Harrington, Jack Nail, Griffin Tiedy, Cole Perry, Nick Schepis, Tim Rooney and senior captain Griffin are other defenders that are going to keep the ball out of the cage.

Bulkley said that his backs will use its athleticism and strength to play a very aggressive style of defense, however he knows they need to play good position first before throwing a check.

“They are really good defensemen,” Bulkley said. “When you can put a core group of guys together that have worked together so much, done the work in the weight room and have grown together, that’s a huge plus for us. They are going to be a defense that isn’t going to be pushed around at all this year. They are going to do the pushing. We are going to put some fear into some people because we are very big and strong. We are going to be a physical, position-orientated defense that will try to take away the opposition’s offensive strengths.”

Because of nearly the entire roster returning from last year’s squad, Bulkley believes the team’s biggest strengths this year are the team’s depth and experience playing together. However the GHS head coach also knows that the team needs to be ready for a playoff run come June.

“We want to be playing our best lacrosse when we need to be,” Bulkley said. “The longer the offense plays together, the better they will be. The same goes goes for our defense. We want to play team ball, play together and play very physical lacrosse. However we are still going to take things one game at a time. We want to be playing in the last game for a championship, but we need to take things one game as it comes. I think we are approaching things with that mentality.”

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