Wilton boys lax team drops opener to New Canaan

The New Canaan Rams, playing their first game under new head coach Chip Buzzeo, tallied two quick goals in the final quarter to take an 8-6 lead and then held on for a 10-8 win over rival Wilton in an FCIAC boys lacrosse game Wednesday night at Dunning Stadium.

The contest was the season opener for both teams.

With the game tied at 6-6, New Canaan's Eric Persky won the  opening face-off of the fourth quarter and found the back of the net just 14 seconds into the period. Persky then won the ensuing face-off and teammate Michael Kraus scored just 52 seconds into the quarter, giving the Rams an 8-6 lead.

The Warriors answered in less than a minute on a goal by Thomas Hayes to cut the lead to 8-7, but Teddy Bossidy restored New Canaan's two-goal lead with 9:38 to play.

Johnny Rhudy upped New Canaan's lead to 10-7 with a goal with 4:28 left. The Rams won the next face-off and slowed the pace of the game, possessing the ball for over two minutes.

Mike Burns scored for Wilton with 18.2 seconds remaining for the final goal of the game.

"Our defense let us down in the beginning of the fourth quarter and they converted our mistakes into scores," said Wilton head coach John Wiseman."They won the ground ball battle and they played a better fundamental game then us."

New Canaan scored twice in the first quarter on goals by Cole Turpin and Duke Repko for the early 2-0 lead at the end of one. Wilton got on the board with 9:01 to play in the second on a goal by Brendan Devane to trim the Rams' lead to 2-1.

New Canaan took a 3-1 lead on a score from Harry Stanton, but Wilton got tallies from Ryder Farmakis and Luke Reyes-Guerra-Dunn to knot the game at 3-3 going into halftime.

The Warriors took their first lead of the game at 4-3 on Farmakis’s second score early in the third. The game went back and forth in the period. William Garbus and Daniel Baird netted goals for Wilton, while Repko (second goal), Puck Richardson and Harry Stanton scored for the home team.

Wilton’s face-off specialist, Ted Ottens, won 17 of 22 draws, but four of his losses came in the fourth quarter, giving the Rams possessions that they cashed in on.