Boys lacrosse: Foran wins late, qualifies for states

Will Mauro scored a goal with five seconds left in regulation to carry the Foran High boys lacrosse team to a 12-11 SCC road win over Branford High on Monday.

With the victory, coach Brian Adkins’ Lions improved to 7-8 on the season and secured a berth in the upcoming state tournament.

Foran took a 4-3 lead after one before Branford (8-8) tied things at 7-all at the break. Things were tied at 9 going into the final quarter.

Mauro’s game-winner was his fifth goal of the game.

Ethan McVoy scored two goals and had two assists, while Zac Cleary had two goals and one helper.

Matt Davidson had a goal and two assists.

Nick DeBiase and Max Tavitian each scored goals. Mauro had an assist.

Foran’s Sean O’Connor made 15 saves and Branford’s Anders Brown had 12.

Foran won the shot battle, 41-37.

The Lions had dropped a 12-5 decision to host Masuk of Monroe in a non-conference battle on Saturday. The Panthers, of the South-West Conference, improved to 10-5.

The Lions had goals from Davidson, Mauro, Cleary, DeBiase and Ryan DeMarco. Mauro had an assist.

Masuk led 7-3 at halftime. It was 6-1 Panthers late in the first half when the Lions picked up two of the next three net-finders during a flurry of scoring in the final 1:18 before the half.

After DeMarco scored, Masuk’s Stephen Murphy netted one of his game-high five tallies, with 35 seconds left before the intermission. DeBiase answered with six seconds left.

The Lions weren’t able to carry over any of that momentum into the second half, as the Panthers built a 10-3 lead and held Foran without another goal until Davidson cashed in on a centering feed from Mauro with 2:08 to play in the third.

It was 10-4 Masuk heading to the fourth.

O’Connor made 13 saves. Masuk netminder Chris Tilotson stopped eight shots, and Masuk’s T.J. Scalia stopped one shot in the final quarter.

Cleary, Teddy Mauro and Tavitian all had four ground ball scoops for the Lions.

Masuk faceoff specialist Josh Bennett won eight of 12 draws in the first half, and counterpart Teddy Mauro won half of the draws in the second half.

“I thought he battled back well. He had a much better second half,” Adkins said. “This is obviously a good team we faced today in Masuk and we had some lapses on defense. We’ve got to clear the ball a lot better.”

Foran won five of six games before losing 11-7 to Berlin last Wednesday. Davidson scored three goals, Cleary two goals and McVoy two goals.

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