Boys lacrosse: Warriors pull away in second half to rout Trumbull

The Wilton boys varsity lacrosse team kicked off the 2107 season with a convincing 16-6 win over the Trumbull Eagles on Tuesday night at Fujitani Field.

The Warriors displayed a balanced attack with nine different players netting goals, led by senior co-captain Peter Koch and Joseph Murtha with three goals each. Dean DiNanno, Kieran McGovern and Connor Drake added two goals apiece.

Also scoring for Wilton were Zach Zeyher, Brian Calabrese, Liam Sullivan and Nolan Quinn.

“We had a full team effort in tonight’s win and we overall played a complete game,” said Koch. “We had very little practice time due to field conditions and the weather, but we came out and played well. We knew that Trumbull was going to battle us the entire game, but our defense kept them in check and we were able to score in bunches. We got off to a slow start scoring, but we quickly got locked into a groove and the goals started to come.”

Wilton is back on the field today in New Canaan (4:30 p.m.) as it faces off against the Rams, one of the top teams in the conference.

“Of course we want to come out of there with a win. But win or lose, we need to use the game to find out what we need to work on and build from that,” said Koch. “It’s not how we are playing now, it’s how we’re playing come at the end of the season.”

DiNanno got things going for the Warriors with a goal just 1:34 into the contest, assisted by A.J. Hoffman.

Neither team scored over the next five and a half minutes. The Eagles tied the game at 1-1 with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter on a goal by Andrew Tinnesz.

Wilton tallied four goals over the next two minutes and 26 seconds to hold a 5-1 lead after one quarter. An unassisted goal by McGovern with 3:36 to play in the period gave the Warriors the lead for good. Drake scored just 13 seconds later and Zeyher and Murtha added goals to round out the first-quarter scoring.

The Wilton offensive surge was due in part to faceoff wins by Chris Sweeney, who lost his first two tries but came back strong to win the next three. Sweeney won 18 of 26 faceoffs on the night.

DiNanno again opened the scoring in the second period with a score right off the faceoff win by Sweeney.

Trumbull answered back with a goal a minute and a half later to cut the Warrior lead to 6-2. A goal by Koch made it 7-2, but the Eagles closed out the first half with a man-advantage goal by Jacob Liebowitz, putting the Warrior lead at 7-3 going into the break.

Lucas Kammerman’s second goal of the game cut the Wilton lead to 7-4 three minutes into the third quarter.

But the Warriors stayed focused and composed and reeled off the next six goals to take a commanding 13-4 lead into the final quarter. Brian Calabrese got the run started with 9:07 left in the third, followed by two tallies for Murtha and one goal apiece for Drake, McGovern and Sullivan.

A goal by Koch early in the fourth quarter pushed the Warrior lead to 14-6 before Trumbull netted two goals to cut the lead to 14-6. Goals by Quinn and Koch closed out the score for the 16-6 Warrior win.

Calabrese, Koch and McGovern added two assists each to the Warriors stat sheet, with single helpers by Drake, Zeyher, Sweeney and Hoffman.

Kammerman and Liebowitz each had two goals to lead Trumbull.

“The team gave me a good all-around effort tonight and they played the entire 48 minutes of the game,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “It’s still too early in the season to determine the team’s identity, but the team gave me what I was looking for in the season opener. We have a lot of new faces, but we also have stable leadership with our senior captains and players and I hope they all work together. They held together when it looked like Trumbull was going to make a run at us and they tested each other and held together as a team.”