DALTON >> Wahconah boys lacrosse coach Zach Sondrini has wanted to see his Warriors put together a complete second half all season.
Saturday, his players obliged him in a 16-5 thumping of Taconic.
The Warriors (4-2, 2-1 Berkshire League) shipped the first goal of the game but recovered from there, taking a 4-2 lead after one and a 9-3 lead into the break. But after seeing first-half leads disappear in two of their last three games, the Warriors kept their momentum going to see off the Braves by scoring five goals in the third quarter.
"One of the big things we talked about at halftime, we had a little bit of a lead but we haven't come out strong in the second half all year," Sondrini said. "At halftime, we were like 'let's just have a strong second half.'"
Four different Wahconah players recorded hat tricks in the win, with Connor Washburn, Jeremy Girard, Wyatt Schliecher and Kyle Gazzillo all finding success against the Taconic defense. Schliecher also had four assists, while Girard had a hat trick of helpers himself.
"Our ball movement was really good," Sondrini said. "Our composure, and our ball movement looks so much better than last year. I'm happy with it. I'm very happy."
Taconic (1-4, 0-2) was led by Brad Cobb, who scored all five goals for the Braves in the loss.
"He's just a phenomenal athlete. I've known him since he was a child when he was on the CYC team, and he's improved his game immensely," Taconic coach Bill O'Brien-Garvey said. "I just wish we had 10 of him."
The Braves scored the first goal of the game through Cobb, who managed to find success cutting through the Wahconah defense on individual efforts, and went 2-1 up on another Cobb effort.
But from there, Wahconah started to impose itself on the game. The Warriors tied the game up 40 seconds after Cobb's second, then took the lead for good with 4:47 left in the first when Washburn picked out Dart Jaggi in front of Troy Schweitzer's cage.
"We hung in the game, then they just tagged it on and we couldn't stop them," O'Brien-Garvey said. "We are looking forward to the next game."
Taconic made the game 5-3 in favor of Wahconah with 7:17 left in the second quarter, and the Braves had two man-up advantages in a two-minute span to try and get even closer. Wahconah, though, held off both shorthanded situations then Girard faked a defender one way before coming back the other to make it 6-3 with just under three to go in the half.
Taconic returns to action on Monday with a home game against McCann Tech. Wahconah, meanwhile, gears up to host undefeated Mount Greylock on Tuesday.
Taconic goals — Brad Cobb 5. Taconic assists — Kevyn Harrington 1, Sal Amaral 1, Ez Stone 1.
Wahconah goals — Connor Washburn 3, Jeremy Girard 3, Wyatt Schliecher 3, Kyle Gazzillo 3, Dart Jaggi 2, Cullen Harrington 1, Matt Matters 1. Wahconah assists — Schliecher 4, Girard 3, Washburn 2, Harrington 1.
Saves — Taconic: Troy Schweitzer 10. Wahconah: Vinnie Orlandi 16.