Like its earlier game at Greenwich, the Wilton High girls lacrosse team found itself in an early deficit in Friday’s FCIAC quarterfinal match.

Unlike that last game, a 12-11 overtime loss, the Warriors were never able to climb out of the hole, losing to the Cardinals 16-12.

Greenwich jumped out to a 5-0 lead and was up 7-1 about 10 minutes into the game. Wilton (8-9) couldn’t get closer than four goals until late in the game when a 3-0 run in a span of just over three minutes cut the gap to 15-12 with 4:40 left.

Greenwich was able to run out the clock after that, scoring an insurance goal with 1:44 left.

Greenwich led at halftime, 10-5, and had its biggest lead, 14-7, with 17 minutes left. Wilton used a 5-1 run to climb back into the game, with two goals in a span of 29 seconds, by Paisley Eagan and Julia Bonnist, making it 15-12.

Paige Mautner led Greenwich with four goals, with three goals each from Elizabeth Lufkin and Erika Bloes. Genevieve DeWinter had two goals, with one goal each by Kathryn Harford and Maggie O’Gorman.

Eagan led Wilton with four goals. Eva Greco had three goals and Julia Bonnist and Rebecca Wistreich each scored two goals, with one goal by Julia Skillin. Wistriech also had an assist.

The fourth-seeded Cardinals (12-5) ended a three-game losing skid with the win.

“We had a couple of hiccups these last few games, and really looked for the game and the day for us to kind of get back on track, and we for sure did that tonight,” said Greenwich coach Caitlin Young. “We wanted to make sure that we controlled the game from the start so we could manage it the way that we wanted to, and the way we could do that was getting up first and utilizing the clock and working on our game management skills.”

Greenwich now will play top-seeded Darien in the semifinals on Monday in New Canaan (7:30).

“Anything can happen in playoffs and we’re firm believers in that,” said Young. “To beat a team like Wilton twice is huge. They’re super talented and they’re going to be talented for the next couple of years so we knew this was a big one going into it. I’m just really excited for the next step and to continue on in the playoffs with this group.”