Girls lacrosse: Rams turn it on in second half to down Wilton 15-11
After a sloppy first half plagued by turnovers, the New Canaan girls lacrosse team took better care of the ball in the second half of Monday’s game at home.
The result was 10 second-half goals, helping the Rams score a 15-11 win over Wilton.
New Canaan improved its record to 3-2, while the Warriors dropped to 5-2.
The Rams had managed to score only three times in the first 19 minutes of game, as aggressive checking by the Warriors and catching and throwing errors took their toll.
Down 6-3, New Canaan closed out the final five minutes of the first half with two goals to close the gap to 6-5 at the half.
In the second half, New Canaan made the most of its possessions and outscored Wilton 10-5.
“I think we have started to come into our own. It’s the fifth game of the season. The kids are finally starting to work well together and mesh,” said New Canaan head coach Kristin Woods. “Wilton played an extraordinary game today. It was anybody’s game. And that second half, coming out of halftime, the first six minutes we really made an impact.”
Wilton’s Ellie Armstrong had scored the first goal of the second half to put the Warriorsr up 7-5, but the Rams scored three straight goals to take their first lead, 8-7, with 21:31 left.
Goals by Braeden Dial and Gianna Bruno later upped the lead to 10-8, and a 3-0 run, with goals by Campbell Armstrong, Karlie Bucci and Bruno, made it 13-9 with 10:50 to go.
Wilton never got closer than three goals the rest of the way.
“New Canaan played great. They’re such a great team and they’re so aggressive, and weren’t at all times when it counted able to handle that pressure, and we lost our composure,” said Wilton head coach Meredith Meyran. “They started winning draw controls and it probably took us too long to adjust to that, and we didn’t end up with as many possessions in the second half as we would have liked.”
Bucci led the Rams with five goals and seven draw controls, while Armstrong tallied four goals. Dial had three goals and an assist, and Bruno had two goals and an assist. Also scoring goals were Lauren Bisceglia and Jane Charlton.
New Canaan got an impressive defensive effort from Julia Ozimek, who was able to keep Wilton’s junior all-American Eva Greco in check most of the game.
“She’s an extraordinary player,” coach Woods said of Ozimek. She also cited the excellent play of the rest of the defense in the second half, including Caitlin Hevesy, Caroline Schuh and Gwen Thalacker, along with Kendall Patten and Lizzie DeMarino.
For Wilton, Rebecca Wistreich had four goals and Armstrong three goals, with two goals each by Greco and Sydney Brant.
Julia Bonnist finished with three assists, with single assists by Armstrong, Margaret Smith, Carly Sullivan and Wistreich.
Greco had a team-high eight draw controls, while Wistreich had four draw controls and five groundballs.
Caroline O’Dea had two saves in goal for New Canaan, while Paige Brown went most of the way for Wilton (three saves), with Bridgette Wall making one save.
“In the very beginning of the game we were a little bit nervous and we had a few too many turnovers. I think that’s what the difference was throughout the game,” coach Meyran said. “We played well in the first half and it was sort of a glimpse of what we’re capable of, and hopefully we’re going to use that moving forward, and know that we can play at that next level.”