Boys lacrosse: Good depth all around should serve Warriors well
What should be a strong season for the Wilton High boys lacrosse team kicks off today at Trumbull.
The Warriors have key players back on every line, and thanks to a large group of returning varsity players and incoming talent, will have great depth to draw upon.
“We’ve got a lot of talent out there and we’ll figure things out in the first couple of games,” said head coach John Wiseman. “There’s a lot of energy. They’ve come together as a unit. We have a good nucleus to build from. I think we’re filling in right now and we have some depth.”
While the team’s lineup is still being finalized, there are several spots that are set.
It starts at the faceoff X, where the Warriors will have senior midfielder R.J. Romeo, a returning all-American.
Senior Harrison Bardwell, who was second-team all-FCIAC last year, will give Wilton one of the top middies in the FCIAC, said Wiseman, while the defense will be led by two returning starters in long-stick midfielder Mike Brown and close defender A.J. Hoffman.
On attack, Wilton has two returning starters in senior Harrison Koch and sophomore Brian Calabrese.
Bardwell and Romeo are captains of this year’s team.
On the attack line, Wilton has to replace Charlie McGovern and Christian Hansson, while the top midfield line graduated Michael Lynch and Reid Melillo.
On defense, the team must replace John Dexter, Tyler Mirabile, Thomas Courtney and Mitchell Kauffman, along with starting goalie Jameson Hill.
“The goalie spot is a little bit open. We have three guys vying for it,” said Wiseman, pointing to senior Matthew Brody, last year’s backup; junior Sal Dominick; and freshman Andrew Calabrese.
Hoffman will be the backbone of the defense Wiseman said.
“We’ll build around him,” he said. “We have a lot of poles. We have to see where they all end up.”
Seniors Cory Macdonald, Michael McGroarty and James Arbisi, and junior Steffen Nobles, are in the mix as close defenders, as are freshmen Ryan Schriber and Tyler Previtte, who have the size and skills to challenge the upperclassmen for playing time.
Sophomores Joe Scarfi and Jack Wood will back up Brown at LSM.
The midfield line returns several players in seniors John Maudsley and Jared Gladstein, junior Harley Jeanty, and sophomores Peter Koch and Zach Zeyher, with freshman Connor Drake also expected to be on the first two middie lines.
“We have a lot of kids vying for spots on the middie lines,” said Wiseman. “There’s a lot of depth. It’s a good group.”
Rounding out the roster are senior Daniel Walter (defense) and juniors Colin Carroll (defense), Nicholas DiSanto (midfield), Charlie Hess (midfield/attack), Kieran McGovern (attack), Liam Rance (attack/midfield) and Jason Spaulding (attack).
Notes: Last season, the Warriors finished at 10-10. They lost to New Canaan in the FCIAC quarterfinals, 10-9. Wilton reached the Class M state semifinals as a 19th seed, falling to New Canaan 11-7.
Six of the team’s seniors will be playing on the collegiate level next year: Bardwell (Cornell), Brown (Brown), Romeo (Providence), Arbisi (Widener), Harrison Koch (St. Lawrence), and Brody (Endicott).