‘A Win’s a Win’: NC Boys Lax Pulls Out Close Contest, 8-7, vs. Fairfield Prep

Coming off a terrific, 9-8, win over Loyola Blakefield down in Towson, Md. on Saturday, many wondered how New Canaan Boys Lacrosse would follow such a feat when they stepped onto the turf of Dunning Stadium for the first time in 2016. And while it started off great, with five first-quarter goals from five different contributors, 10 penalties and both forced and unforced turnovers pinned New Canaan (2-0) into a nail-biter versus Fairfield Prep (1-1). Ultimately, the Rams were able to thwart the Jesuits’ comeback attempt and leave with an 8-7 victory—thanks in large part to some outstanding goaltending from junior Drew Morris and stellar defense from those in front of him. “Last year we lost a game like that, where we had too many turnovers and penalties, and we were upset with ourselves,” head coach Chip Buzzeo told NewCanaanite.com. “Today the same thing happens and we pull out a win. It’s a good sign that we pulled out the win—especially against another great team like Fairfield Prep. But you’re a hundred percent right.

Reloaded and Ready: 2016 New Canaan Boys Lax Preview

It was a season that many of those who either were part of, or witnessed, the 2015 New Canaan Boys Lacrosse team (13-3, 10-1 FCIAC) will not soon forget—a year that culminated in a Class M State Championship. On a team that had 23 seniors, including All-American attackmen Michael Kraus and Justin Meichner; outstanding defensemen in Frank Cognetta, Logan Hart, Sterling O’Hara, Liam Harris, and Chris Keeffe; midfielders Owen Toland and Max Begoon, as well as face-off specialist, Teddy Dumbauld, the 2015 Rams were blessed with some of the finest senior talent in the history of the boys lacrosse program. But while those guys will be missed by their former coaches and teammates, Rams Head Coach Chip Buzzeo has his 2016 roster reloaded and ready to repeat. “It was great to end last year with a state championship,” Buzzeo told NewCanaanite.com. “We’re going to miss those guys.

Champions: New Canaan Boys Lax Claims Class M State Title

Heading into this season, with 23 seniors on his roster, New Canaan head coach Chip Buzzeo knew that that experience would be essential for any game of large magnitude—a game such as the Class M State Championship. And on Saturday at Jack Casagrande Field in Norwalk, behind senior co-captain Justin Meichner’s four straight goals to start off the game and strong defense led by seniors Sterling O’Hara, Chris Keeffe, Liam Harris and co-captain Logan Hart, the New Canaan Rams claimed the Class M State Championship with a 10-5 victory over the Daniel Hand Tigers. “It means a lot to our program,” Buzzeo told NewCanaanite.com. “We have a 41-year history and to win a state championship always means a lot. For this team, it’s a great way to end. You always want to win your last game and I’m very proud of the way they played today.”

Primed for a Three-peat: 2014 New Canaan Rams Lacrosse Preview

With an influx of returning starters and playmakers at virtually every position, the New Canaan Rams varsity lacrosse team enters the 2014 season primed to defend their back-to-back FCIAC titles and make a run at the school’s first state championship since 2003. With multiple weapons at his disposal and talent to spare, second-year head coach Chip Buzzeo can hardly wait to get the season underway. “From top to bottom we’re better than we were last year, and last year was an incredible team,” Buzzeo told NewCanaanite.com. “But some guys grew up. Some guys got bigger, stronger, faster.

Spinning His Web: New Canaan’s Cognetta Commits to Richmond Lax

Getting Frank Cognetta to talk about himself is like trying to mine diamonds with a toothbrush. For Cognetta—whether it’s football or lacrosse—it was, is and always will be about the team. And in the spring of 2016 Cognetta’s team will be the University of Richmond men’s lacrosse squad. “It’s a great feeling,” Cognetta told NewCanaanite.com. “I think that there’s a lot that I can learn from being a college athlete.