Boys lacrosse: After slow start, Wilton pummels Cadets
For the first 16 minutes of Tuesday’s contest between Wilton and St. Joseph, the teams traded goals, putting the score at 3-3 with 8:01 to play in the second quarter.
That’s when the Warriors’ offense and defense woke up and outscored the Cadets 9-1 over the next 20 minutes, giving the Warriors a 12-4 lead going into the fourth quarter on their way to a 15-8 victory over the Cadets at Fujitani Field.
The Warriors, now 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the FCIAC, travel to Greenwich today for a 5 p.m. game, which will be broadcast live on HAN Network.
Although the Warriors came away with a much-needed conference win on Tuesday, head coach John Wiseman was not pleased the way his team played.
“They came out flat and when we got a comfortable lead I rotated in some other players and they didn’t play to the level of focus and intensity that was expected of them,” said Wiseman. “The whole team goes 48 minutes in practice each day and the backup players put forth a good effort, but that didn’t happen in the game today.”
The Cadets dropped to to 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Dean Dinanno got Wilton on the board with his first of three goals with 7:54 to play in the first quarter. From that point on the teams alternated scoring, with Wilton holding on to the lead.
Long stickman Ryan Schriber ran the length of the field unmarked for the Warriors’ second goal, but two goals by Jared Mallozzi put the score at 2-2 after one quarter.
Connor Drake’s goal, followed a goal by the Cadets’ Declan McGinley, tied the game at 3-3.
Wilton closed out the first half with four unanswered goals to take a 7-3 lead into halftime. Ryan McDermott and Zach Zeyher supplied the offense with two goals each.
The Warriors opened the second half by putting three more shots in the net for the 10-3 lead. Mallozzi’s third goal of the game stopped the Wilton run with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter. Mallozzi finished the game with four goals.
Drake’s second score of the game gave Wilton a 12-4 lead at the end of three quarters. In the final quarter, Liam Sullivan, Jack Kauffman and Ryan Kauffman had goals for the Warriors. McGinley had two of the Cadets four goals in the fourth quarter, giving him three for the game.
“We took a light approach to today’s game and it clearly showed early on,” said DiNanno. “We did not come out and take a professional approach to the game like the coach preaches to us. No matter who our opponent is we have to come out with the same level of intensity and drive to come away with the win. We did not come out ready to play today. We were flat coming out of the locker room and in warm-ups. Early on we missed the net with our shots and the ones that were on target we went low with our shots and their goalie came up with some good saves.”