WESTON -- For a while, Notre Dame-Fairfield boys lacrosse can stick with top programs like Weston.
That's how coach Frank Skawinski figures it, and the Lancers trailed by two after one quarter on Tuesday night. The Trojans ran away with it in the second quarter and won 16-3.
"Depth hurts us," Skawinski said. "Our guys run a little tired. Games like this, the big thing is we're learning from it."
Weston is, after all, a program that has won three Class S championships since 2007, including last year's title.
Both teams were 6-6 going into Tuesday.
"We're getting there," Trojans coach John Mathews said. "We have a lot to improve on getting to where we want to be. We've played a lot of difficult teams."
Standouts like Sean Fumai and Grey Bradshaw Mack graduated from last year's title team.
"It's a matter of having guys step up," Mathews said. "I always say we go as our role players go. Good teams will know us well, take away our top players."
The Trojans insisted on extra passes Tuesday, moving the ball more than they might otherwise.
"We made sure a lot of goals were assisted," Mathews said. "Kids sometimes want to take a guy one-on-one. That's not going to work all the time."
In the second quarter, Weston had 16 shots and seven goals before the Lancers got their first. That first shot went in, the first of three goals for Craig Hessenius.
Along the way were some turnovers, a couple right after big saves by Lancers goalie Andres Rosales.
"I thought we made some mistakes we shouldn't have made, that we don't normally make," Skawinski said. "We struggled on clears. The faceoff is usually one of our stronger points."
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"I think we're able, athletically, to hang with them," Skawinski said. "They're a little better-skilled."
Mathews said the approach was the same as always; he pointed out the Lancers' win last week over Pomperaug, the only loss the Panthers received in five SWC Division 2 games.
It's only three years ago that the Lancers were 1-15, a year after a winless season. They've gone 8-8 the past two seasons and made the Class S tournament.
"We've been able to keep a good core of guys, a nucleus of guys who are committed, who want to learn," Skawinski said. "Guys have stuck with the program. They've continued to work."
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NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD 0 1 2 0--3
WESTON 2 8 4 2--16
Records: Notre Dame-Fairfield 6-7; Weston 7-6. Scoring: ND--Craig Hessenius 3g; Garrett Gintoli 1a; Dana Lewis 1a. W--Alex Crowell 3g, 1a; Austin Drimal 3g, 1a; Troy Flynn 3g, 1a; Peter Lummis 1g, 2a; Alec Steinberg 2g; Spencer Turkel 1g, 1a; Ian Stuebe 1g; Julian Bombart 1g; Alex Sydney 1g; Andre DiPasquale 1a. Goalies: ND--Andres Rosales (7 saves); W--Grant Limone (4), Adam Byer (1); Shots: ND--18; W--45