Boys lacrosse: Wilton shuts down Fordham Prep

Sophomore Connor Drake got perfectly-timed setup passes from his teammates and he found paydirt five times, as the Wilton High boys lacrosse team totally dominated the visiting Fordham Prep Rams, coming away with a 10-1 win Monday night at Fujitani Field.

Co-captain Kieran McGovern and Brian Calabrese both assisted twice on Drake’s tallies. Not to be outdone at the other end of the field, Andrew Calabrese stopped 12 of the Rams 13 shots on net and got solid support from defensemen Tyler Previte, Ryan Schriber and co-captain AJ Hoffman, who all night long forced the Rams attackers wide of the net.

“My teammates made me look good tonight and made it easy for me to score,” said Drake. “I usually look to pass the ball, but tonight Brian (Calabrese) and Kieran (McGovern) gave me great feeds so I took the shots. We are playing well as a team so far this season and the chemistry is working very well.  We got a great effort from our defense. To hold them to just one goal is pretty amazing. We had a talk with the coaches to get the whole team on the same page and work as a team to achieve our success. We are playing much better as a team this year and things are looking more positive.”

Joe Murtha got the game’s first goal just 3:05 into the contest. Murtha had a shot hit off the irons earlier in the game, but stuck with it to get the score.  Scoring for both teams stalled, but the Warriors finished the first quarter with a flurry of four more goals in the final 3:27 of the period. Drake netted his first at the 3:27 mark, followed by two goals by McGovern and Drake closed out the first quarter scoring with a goal with 8.4 second left. Drake’s second goal staked the Warriors to a 5-0 lead after one.

Drake picked up his hat trick with 7:48 left in the second quarter, upping the home team’s lead to 6-0. Fordham Prep picked up its only goal of the night just 17 seconds later. Thomas Marra scored for the Rams, assisted by Michael Buginzet. Drake’s fourth score of the game closed out the first-half scoring, with the Warriors taking a 7-1 lead into the locker room.

The Warriors were showing good patience on offense, moving the ball around the perimeter and behind the net. Wilton had good success in running its set offense in the first half of action.

“The common thread in all our first three games of the season is that the kids gave me 48 minutes in every one of the games,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “We played great on both sides of the field tonight. We got great looks on offense and when you get them you have to put them in the net and tonight we did. On defense Andrew (Calabrese) was rock solid and he got great support in front of him. This was a great team effort win and things are starting to gel for us as a team.”

Drake collected his fifth goal of the night early in the third quarter and Zach Zeyher added a goal midway through the period to increase the Warrior lead to 9-1.

Neither team had any luck in man-advantage situations until Murtha scored a man-up goal, assisted by co-captain Peter Koch, with 10.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter for the 10-1 Warrior advantage.

Neither team scored in the final quarter, as the Warriors handed Fordham Prep its first loss of the season. The Rams came into the game 6-0.

Wilton’s faceoff man, Chris Sweeney, had another solid game in the faceoff circle, winning 11 of 16 draws.

Wilton (2-1) will face Greenwich on Saturday at home at 1.