Boys lacrosse: Koch leads Wilton to 16-6 win over Prep
Taking control from the start, the Wilton High boys lacrosse team put together a convincing performance to defeat Fairfield Prep, 16-6, on Saturday afternoon at Tom Fujitani Field in Wilton.
Two goals apiece from Harrison Koch and Kieran McGovern staked the Warriors to a 4-0 lead after one quarter. McGovern got things going for the home team by scoring a man-up goal 3:59 into the contest, assisted by Peter Koch.
Harrison Koch and McGovern followed with goals to stretch Wilton's lead to 3-0. McGovern was the benefactor of a perfect pass through the crease from Connor Drake. Harrison Koch then scored again with 1:26 remaining in the period to make it 4-0 through one quarter.
The Jesuits got on the scoreboard on T.J. Watson's goal just 2:09 into the second quarter. But two more goals by Harrison Koch less than a minute apart pushed Wilton's lead to 6-1 with 6:38 left before halftime.
Fairfield Prep answered with two goals of its own to cut Wilton's halftime lead to 6-3.
Other than those two late goals, Fairfield Prep showed little offense, as the Warriors controlled the tempo from the opening whistle.
Wilton came out in the third quarter and upped its lead to 11-4, outscoring the Jesuits, 5-1, in the period. John Maudsley led the way with two goals, while Andrew Hoffmann, Harrison Bardwell and Harrison Koch also scored for the Warriors.
Hoffmann’s goal came after he was left unmarked while pushing forward from midfield. Harrison Koch’s score was set up by a nice play by midfielder Michael Brown, who intercepted a clearing attempt and fed Koch for his fifth goal of the game.
The Warriors kept their foot on the gas in the final period, outscoring the visitors, 5-2, over the final 12 minutes. Harrison Koch tallied his sixth goal early in the period, and Bardwell found the back of the net two times in the period, giving him three goals for the game. Brian Calabrese and Drake netted man-advantage goals to round out the Wilton scoring.
The Warriors limited their unforced errors, a major problem last year, and had several takeaways due to good stick-checking stills. RJ Romeo gave the Warriors extra possessions by winning 17 of 21 face-offs.
“We worked hard today to come away with the win,” said Harrison Koch. "We moved the ball around to look for the open man. We had good ball possessions the whole game. We worked during the off-season on our stick stills, and this year’s team is like one big family that wants to put last season behind us."
Notes: Prior to the start of the game, Wilton public address announcer Franey Dovovan paid tribute to two fallen Warriors, former lacrosse player Robbie Keers and longtime Wilton football coach and physical education teacher Tom Fujitani.
Keers, who was a member of Wilton's 2012 state championship team, passed away last fall, while Fujitani passed away last Saturday.
"Fuj was my coach when I played [football] in Wilton,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “Every time I step on this field I always remember the man and what he taught me, and it’s an honor to play on the field named after him. Today it was tough to come out here and play knowing how much he did for the school and the people he touched. He became my friend, and he will be dearly missed.”