No. 3 Wilton starts tough stretch by cruising past No. 8 Greenwich

GREENWICH — The Wilton girls lacrosse team is at the beginning stages of a gauntlet of difficult games.

In the span of five days, the Warriors will take to the road to square off with three teams ranked in either the state or national top 10 or, at least in one case, both.

If the first contest was any indication, Wilton could be in for a wild ride.

The third-ranked Warriors scored early and often during an impressive 16-2 rout of No. 8 Greenwich Thursday at Cardinal Stadium. Wilton had an 8-0 lead before giving up a goal, and dominated from start to finish, even sending the game to running time with 9:41 to play.

The Warriors (8-1), who have won five straight, will play at Northport (NY), which is ranked sixth in the Nike/USA Lacrosse National Top 25, on Saturday, with a showdown against Darien on Monday. The Blue Wave is ranked No. 1 in Connecticut and No. 2 in the nation.

“It’s tough, but we set it up that way to prepare ourselves for the postseason,” Wilton coach Meredith Meyran said. “We’ve got to get used to bringing that intensity every single day. We’re ready for the challenge and we’re just going to go after it.”

The three-game stretch is part of seven consecutive away games for the Warriors, who are making the most of thier road trips.

“The bus is definitely fun,” junior Molly Snow said. “It’s a part of the season when we’re all together in one place, so it helps us to get even closer. It’s fun and we’re excited for these games.”

Greenwich (5-2) had a three-game win streak snapped, as the Cardinals were unable to build any momentum.

“We struggled with executing our game plan strategy and with communication and teamwork,” Greenwich coach Tara Clough said. “Wilton is a very talented team with a lot of depth. They’re high-level and it was a great opportunity for us to prove ourselves, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day.”

The Warriors succeeded despite playing without several players, including senior co-captains Catherine Dineen and Morgan Lebek.

“We lost a few players to injuries in the beginning and we had a few key players not here, so mentally we were playing for other people who weren’t able to be on the field,” Snow said. “We played with speed, composure and we were finishing on our shots. All around it was a great game.”

Snow (5 goals, 2 assists) and sophomore Addison Pattillo (5 goals, 1 assist) led the scoring and combined for Wilton’s first seven goals.

“That’s been a huge difference-maker for us,” Meyran said of Snow and Pattillo. They have a really good connection and their timing is really on. They work together and look for each other.”

Junior Lucy Corry added a hat trick for Wilton and senior Gwynn Sullivan scored twice.

Greenwich, which has just four seniors on a young squad, had goals from sophomores Emma Abbazia and MK Frey, while another sophomore, Katherine Janis, stepped in as goalie for the second half and collected six saves.

Clough hopes to see her Cardinals step up in response to the loss.

“Experiencing the pain of a stinging loss today is an opportunity for kids to step up as leaders and communicate better,” Clough said. “At the end of the day, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about playing our game. That’s what really matters and today was tough for these kids.


Molly Snow, Wilton: The Lehigh commit had five goals and two assists, with four of her goals coming in the first half when the Warriors took an 8-1 lead.


“We went out there and wanted to play for one another and make sure our captains knew that we’ve got them and we could do this.” — Wilton coach Meredith Meyran; @dstewartsports


WILTON 8 8 — 16


Scoring: Wilton: Molly Snow 5g, 2a; Addison Pattillo 5g, 1a; Lucy Corry 3g, 1a; Gwynn Sullivan 2g; Ashleigh Masterson 1g; Greenwich: Emma Abbazia 1g; MK Frey 1g; Cece Tauber 1a.

Goalies: W — Amelia Hughes 6 saves: G — Daryl Furno 2 saves, Katherine Janis 5 saves.

Records: Wilton 8-1 overall, 5-1 FCIAC; Greenwich 5-2, 4-2.