Weston - Fifth-seeded Stonington High School gave Weston a scare before losing to the No. 4 Trojans 8-6 in a Class S state boys' lacrosse quarterfinal game on Saturday.
The Bears, who finish 13-6 and won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division title, trailed 6-1 at halftime, but outscored Weston 5-2 in the second half and battled right until the finish.
"We had (Weston) on the ropes," Stonington coach Paul Deon said. "We just started pressing harder on defense, kind of got them out of their game a little bit, and we brought the tempo up on offense."
Eddie Moran scored two goals to lead the Bears while Colin Williams and Dan Riordan added a goal and assist apiece and Zach Poirier finished with two assists.
"We certainly had a lot of new faces," Deon said. "But we got better and better as the season went on ... I knew it was going to be a little more difficult (this year), but the character of the guys on this team ... I knew they would at least give it 100 percent."
Deon said he wouldn't be surprised if either Weston or fellow SouthWest Conference rival Joel Barlow, the No. 1 seed who ousted No. 8 Ledyard 14-2 on Saturday, wins the Class S state title. That's why he was encouraged by Saturday's competitive result.
"It's something to build on," Deon said. "It puts this program in a situation where we can get better and better."
• Connecticut College finished fifth at the ICSA national championship at Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. The Camels finished with 187 points, their second straight top five finish (Conn was second in 2011).
Boston College defended its title with 142 points followed by Yale (146), Rhode Island (150), Georgetown (156) and the Camels.
Junior skipper Atlantic Brugman, Liz Wilsterman and Claire Sacco placed fourth in the A division with a score of 88 points.
Senior Bitsy Whipple, Kim Bolick and Katie St. George scored 99 points to place sixth in the B division.
"It was a very competitive field this year and it was really hot down here," Conn coach Jeff Bresnahan said.
"The team did a really nice job staying focused and hydrated during a grueling four days of competition. I am really proud of their accomplishments this year."
• Old Lyme's Michelle Gao and Hanna O'Brien were first-team selections on the All-Shoreline Conference girls' tennis team.
In addition, team Meredith Aird made the second team along with a pair of Old Saybrook players, Christie DeAntonis and Daniela Palomeque.