Boys lacrosse: New Canaan shuts down Wilton, 11-2

Mostly due to excellent defensive play by New Canaan, the Wilton High boys lacrosse team never found an offensive rhythm Tuesday night at Fujitani Field.

The result was an 11-2 loss for the Warriors.

“Our team defense suffocated them, forced them to take poor shots and from bad angles,” said New Canaan head coach Chip Buzzeo, whose top-10 nationally ranked team improved to 3-0.

New Canaan controlled the midfield area, something that Wilton had done in winning its first two games of the season. Also, the Rams' Nick Crovatto out-dueled Wilton’s RJ Romeo in the face-off circle, with Crovatto winning 11 of the 17 draws.

New Canaan netted two goals for the only scoring in the opening quarter. Peter Swindell started the scoring with a goal just 1:35 into the contest, and Kyle Smith followed with another goal just over three minutes later.

Swindell added a man-up goal early in the second quarter to stake the Rams to a 3-0 lead.

The Warriors (2-1) finally broke through with 9:09 left before halftime, as sophomore attackman Brian Calabrese converted on a rebound to cut the New Canaan lead to 3-1.

But that was the only offense the Warriors mustered in the first half. New Canaan, meanwhile, found the back of the net two more times to take a 5-1 lead into halftime.

The Rams then began the third quarter with three unanswered goals to go ahead 8-1 with 7:08 left in the period.

Peter Koch got Wilton's second (and final) goal of the game with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter.

New Canaan added three more goals in the fourth quarter to complete its 11-2 win. Swindle closed the scoring with his third goal of the game with just 15.5 seconds left on the clock.

“Chalk this one up as a learning curve experience for us,” said Wilton senior co-captain Harrison Bardwell. “We may have come into the game a little overconfident from our (16-6) win over Fairfield Prep, but it was mostly that we have a lot of young players who haven’t ever played in a New Canaan rivalry game... we all know it’s a work in progress and we hope we can learn from tonight’s loss and move on from it.”

Wilton committed numerous unforced errors, putting the ball on the ground too often to beat a quality opponent like New Canaan, which seemed to be in mid-season form. Wilton goalie Matthew Brody made several nice saves but didn’t get adequate support from his defenders, who gave the Rams too many open looks at the net.

“Let’s face it, we couldn’t get anything going tonight and a lot had to do with the team we played,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “They’re a good all-around team with a great defense, and they clearly out-played us. We failed to execute our game plan, made some silly passes, and we played sloppy at times.”