Masuk boys lacrosse team off to winning start

Dylan Rahausnas has helped the Masuk offense pile up goals early on this spring.

MONROE, CT — Five games into the season the Masuk High boys lacrosse team is proving to be a tough team to beat. The Panthers have won in a variety of ways, including a 9-8 edging of Shelton as well as easily outscoring opponents.

Their fourth victory, a 10-7 win over host Newtown on Saturday night, was the Panthers’ most complete effort of the campaign.

Given the opponent, Masuk Coach Terry Stroz was particularly pleased with that game result.

“Our kids showed up and played lacrosse for 48 minutes,” Stroz said. “It was nice to see them play to their potential.”

Masuk led Newtown 5-4 late in the second quarter. The Panthers scored in the waning seconds of the half for a two-goal edge at the half and went up 7-4 in the third.

The Nighthawks battled back to tie things before Eamon Quinn netted his third goal of the game with 10 seconds left in the quarter. It was 8-7 Masuk heading to the fourth.

After nice goalie saves at each end of the field Quinn notched his fourth tally with a hard low shot with 7:38 left. Quinn also registered an assist. AJ Cavanaugh had three goals and three assists. Dylan Rakauskas had two goals and two assists.

Masuk goalie Luke Kondub, who finished with 10 saves, came up with some timely late-game stops to help the Panthers stay in front.

Masuk improved to 4-1, having also beaten South-West Conference opponents Bunnell of Stratford and Immaculate of Danbury. The only loss was to Joel Barlow of Redding.

Scoring has come from a variety of players with Ethan Palma leading the way by scoring four tallies against Immaculate during Masuk’s 12-2 victory.

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