Fairfield Prep holds on for state title
A year ago Fairfield Prep let a three-goal lead evaporate in the fourth quarter of state championship against Ridgefield.
Payback is sweet.
The Jesuits held off another fourth-quarter rally from Ridgefield but held onto an 8-6 victory in the Class L state championship game at Brien McMahon High School.
Goalie Mike Seelye was phenomenal with 12 saves.
"I've been waiting for this game for an entire year," Seelye said. "Someone said after the game last year that they knew Ridgefield would win and I've never forgotten that. We wanted this."
Seelye, who finished with 12 saves, kept Ridgefield off the scoreboard for almost 27 minutes after a Timmy Kelly goal tied the game 1-1. The scoring drought allowed Fairfield Prep to build a 4-2 lead heading into halftime.
"There was great defense all around me," Seelye said. "Ridgefield had 4-5 fastbreaks that the defense shut down before they even got shots off."
Ridgefield entered the game with over 500 points on the season, a state-high in 2012.
With the way the game started, it could've been Fairfield Prep's Matt Brophy who scored 500 points this season by himself. The senior attackman scored all four first-half goals for the Jesuits.
"It wasnt just me, it was all the guys," Brophy said. "Only the first one was unassisted and my teammates made it easier for me."
The championship was Fairfield Prep's fifth in seven years, but the Jesuits came up short in the state title game for two straight seasons.
"It hasn't sunk in that we finally did this," Brophy said. "We lost my sophomore and junior years by one goal and we couldn't let that happen again."
Ridgefield almost stunned the Jesuits again with four of the last five goals cutting a 7-2 lead down to jus two goals. However, the fairfield Prep midfield and defense came up strong late.
"It was a total team effort. We got to a lot of ground balls and fought for them," Brophy said. "Connor Barr had a huge game, he forces turnovers like a machine."
Ridgefield finished the season with appearances in the FCIAC championship and state championship games. Adam Winne made seven saves and Kelly recorded a hat trick.
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