Field hockey: Lakeland hands Wilton first loss

The Wilton High field hockey team hosted one of the country’s top teams on Saturday, the Lakeland Hornets from Shrub Oak, N.Y., and suffered its first loss of the season, 4-0.

Lakeland, ranked fifth in the country, controlled the game from start to finish, with a 21-4 edge in shots on goal, and 8-2 edge in penalty corners.

The Warriors (4-1) got a great effort from goalie Amanda Hendry, who kept the score from being worse with 16 saves, including many spectacular stops.

Lakeland (8-0), which hasn’t lost a game in four years, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute when all-American Dana Bozek drilled a shot high into the cage on a penalty corner.

Lakeland made it 2-0 off another corner at 16:43 left in the first half, after Hendry made a save on the initial shot but Meghan Fahey was in the right spot to knock in the rebound in front.

The Hornets nearly scored again on a corner less than two minutes later, but Hendry made an unbelievable lunging glove save on Bozek’s high shot headed for the left side of the cage.

Lakeland continued the assault in the second half, with Bozek scoring on a blast inside the post three minutes into the half.

Briana Muniz scored the final goal with 16:54 left in the game on a shot that snuck through a crowd in front and inside the left post.

Madison Beames had four saves for Lakeland, the six-time defending New York Class B state champ.

Wilton will look to bounce back on Monday at 4 when the Warriors host Staples at Fujitani Field.