Boys lacrosse: Wilton falls short at John Jay, 12-8

After surrendering three goals in the first seven minutes of the game, the John Jay boys lacrosse team held visiting Wilton to two goals over the next 22 minutes to build a 10-5 lead, en route to a 12-8 victory on Saturday night in Cross River, N.Y.

The Indians (8-1) turned the game around with a 7-1 run midway through the first half.

It was the third loss in a row for Wilton, which fell to 2-3 on the season.

The Warriors had taken an early 3-1 lead after Michael Lynch’s second goal of the night with five minutes left in the first quarter.

John Jay answered with a 4-0 run on two Ryan Lee goals, and one goal each from Nick Kells and Hunter Keech, to take a 5-3 lead with 1:10 left in the period. Brendan Devane’s goal in the final minute brought the Warriors to within one, 5-4.

The Indians opened the second quarter with a 3-0 run to go up 8-4 with seven minutes left in the half, on goals by Keech, Lee and Matt Lupinacci. Goals in the final 1:12 of the half by Danny Skluth and Shawn Smith sent John Jay into halftime with a five-goal lead, 10-5.

The second half featured only five goals, as both goalies — John Jay’s Rob Looney and Wilton’s Jameson Hill — made several outstanding saves. Wilton never got closer than four goals.

Lupinacci finished the game with three goals and three assists, while Lee had three goals and one assist and Smith two goals and three assists. Keech scored two goals and Skluth and Kells each scored one goal.

For Wilton, Lynch, Devane and Harrison Bardwell each scored two goals, with other tallies from Will Garbus and Dan Baird. Devane also notched three assists, while Bardwell had one assist.

Looney made 12 saves in goal for John Jay, and Hill had 11 saves for Wilton.

The Warriors got an outstanding effort on face-offs from R.J. Romeo, as Wilton won 22 of 24 draws.