John Jay rallies to top Wilton boys lax team
The John Jay boys lacrosse team used a 5-0 run to turn an early third-quarter, two-goal deficit into a three-goal lead en route to a 10-6 victory over host Wilton on Saturday night at Fujitani Field.
The loss drops Wilton to 1-4 on the season.
Eric Noonan scored for Wilton just 1:30 into the third quarter to give the Warriors a 5-3 lead. Less than a minute later, the wheels came off the Wilton train. The Indians reeled off five goals in a period of five minutes to surge ahead 8-5.
John Jay tacked on two more scores in the final quarter to take a commanding 10-5 lead. Wilton finally broke through with a goal by Tommy Hayes, his second of the game, with 3:53 to play, ending a scoring drought of more than 18 minutes.
"If you look at all the games we lost this year, there was a period in each game where we let our opponents go on a scoring run that we couldn’t overcome. We need to play a full 48 minutes and not let that happen. We had lapses on defense again tonight and it cost us,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “We didn’t capitalize on our first-half opportunities, which would’ve put us in better position when they went on their run."
Wiseman went on say that the Wilton defense isn’t playing as a unit and at times got caught ball watching. He also added that the Warriors were making too many unforced errors by putting the ball on the ground.
Wilton got out to an early 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest on Mike Burns’s first goal. John Jay came back and tied the game at 1-1 by the end of the first quarter. The Indians got a man-advantage goal to take a 2-1 lead to open the second quarter.
Wilton hit for two quick scores, 34 seconds apart, midway thought the period and then added another to go ahead 4-2. Burns scored twice and Hayes added a goal.
The first half ended with Wilton on top, 4-3
Conor Johnson was in net for the Warriors and came up with big saves throughout the contest to keep his team in the hunt.
John Jay (6-1) was led by Andrew Duffy with three goals, Anthony Scapperotti with two goals and an assist, and Ryan Lee with one goal and three assists.