Boys lax: Wilton stomps Warde on Senior Night

A sizzling start blazed the way for the Wilton High boys lacrosse team's 17-1 win Saturday over visiting Fairfield Warde on Senior Night at Fujitani Field.

The Warriors, who raised their record to 9-4, opened the game with seven unanswered goals to open a 7-0 lead.

Senior co-captain Harrison Bardwell got things going for Wilton with an unassisted goal just 1:26 into the game. Eighty seconds later, another Bardwell goal made it 2-0.

"Senior Night is special and I wanted to go out and play my best for my fellow teammates that I’ve played with for years and for all the other seniors,” said Bardwell. “All of the seniors got a chance to play tonight and contribute in some way. Senior Matt Brody was solid in goal for us tonight."

Goals from senior John Maudsley, who switched to his left hand to beat the Warde goalie, and sophomore Brian Calabrese pushed Wilton's lead to 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Wilton tacked on three more goals in the first two minutes of the second quarter to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Calabrese scored on an assist from junior Kieran McGovern; junior Peter Koch converted with Wilton on a man advantage; and Calabrese added his third goal of the game.

While the Wilton offense was productive, so, too, was the Warriors' defense, which forced Warde to work the ball around the perimeter during long, unsuccessful possessions. And when the Mustangs did put the ball on net, Brody was there for the save.

A goal from Jake Fuss on an assist from Ted Orben finally got Warde on the board with just over two minutes left in the first half. But that was also the end of the Mustangs' scoring for the night.

After going 10-for-10 on first-half face-offs, Wilton senior RJ Romeo won the opening draw of the third quarter and cruised down the field unattended to score just 12 seconds into the period. Romeo finished the night a perfect 14-for-14 inside the circle.

The Warriors tallied four more goals in the third period to go ahead, 12-1, entering the final 12 minutes. Senior Harrison Koch scored twice and senior Michael Brown and junior Jason Spaulding each added one goal.

Wilton scored five more times in the fourth quarter to complete the 17-1 win. Senior Michael McGroarty, juniors Nick DiSanto and Liam Rance, and sophomores Joe Murtha and Connor Drake picked up the goals for Wilton.

Notes: Harrison Koch, senior James Arbisi and junior Charlie Hess were credited with two assists apiece for the Warriors.

In addition to Harrison Koch, Bardwell, Maudsley, McGroarty, Romeo, Brody, Brown, and Arbisi, Wilton's other seniors are Cory Macdonald, Daniel Walter, Duncan Harris, and Jared Gladstein.

Wilton plays its final three regular-season games on the road.