Wilton boys lax team tops Trumbull
The Wilton High boys lacrosse team used a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter to open a big lead on its way to a 16-9 triumph over Trumbull in the regular-season finale on Thursday evening at Fujitani Field.
The Warriors, who were coming off a 10-5 loss to nationally ranked Yorktown (N.Y.) on Wednesday, finished the regular season with an 8-8 record and are the sixth seed in the FCIAC playoffs, which begin Saturday. Wilton will face the third-seeded Darien Blue Wave at 1 p.m. in Darien. Darien beat the Warriors, 12-10, earlier in the season on the strength of Peter Linley’s six goals.
"I’m glad we drew Darien. I love the rivalry and so does the team,” said senior co-captain Mike Burns. "I think both teams improved their games as the season progressed and I’m pleased with the way we are playing. We know that we have to come out and play a complete 48 minutes, control the ball and limit our mistakes."
The Trumbull game got off to a slow start, with Wilton taking a 1-0 lead 1:19 into the contest on a goal by Tommy Hayes. The Eagles tied it at 1-1, but the Warriors closed the quarter with a 3-1 lead.
Trumbull cut the lead to 3-2 and then 4-3 before Wilton tallied seven unanswered goals to open an 11-3 lead. Wilton led at the half, 11-4.
The home team came out of the halftime break and shut out the Eagles in the third period to go ahead 14-4.
Trumbull netted five scores in the final quarter, while Wilton found the back of the net twice.
“Even though we had a big lead and we had our backup goalie in net, we were disappointed with our play in the fourth quarter," said Burns. "It doesn’t matter who’s on the field, we can’t turn the ball over as many times as we did.”
Brendan Devane and Eric Noonan led the Warriors with three goals each, followed by Burns, Ryder Farmakis and Hayes with two scores apiece. Ted Ottens, Chase Lampert and Henry Lee each chipped in with a goal.
Ottens and company were 23 of 25 in face-offs, helping the Warriors win the possession battle.
Conor Johnson and Josh Worley each made 4 saves in net for Wilton. Johnson played into the second half and Worley finished up in goal.
The Eagles were led by AJ DiMasi, who had five goals for Trumbull.