Girls lacrosse: Wilton advances to FCIAC finals

The Wilton High girls lacrosse team outscored New Canaan 8-0 over the final 31 minutes of the game, en route to an impressive 11-5 win on Wednesday in the FCIAC semifinals in New Canaan.

The second-seeded Warriors (15-3) play top-seeded Darien in the championship game on Friday at 4 at Brien McMahon.

It was the second game in a row that Wilton has held an opponent scoreless in the second half, despite playing without senior captain and all-state defender Maeve Kennard.

Annie Cornbrooks gave Wilton the early 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game, but the Rams scored the next three goals — the last two by Elizabeth Miller — to go up 3-1.

Wilton goals by Makenna Pearsall and Char Noels helped cut the gap to 4-3, but another goal by Miller had New Canaan up 5-3 with six minutes to go in the first half.

After that, it was all Wilton.

After goalie Hannah Wiltshire made a great save to prevent the lead from going to three, the Warriors closed out the first half with a 4-0 run in the final three minutes. The last, by Laine Parsons, came with 1.6 seconds left and sent Wilton into halftime with a 7-5 lead.

The Rams won the draw control to open the second half but an interception by Wiltshire got the ball for the Warriors, who then controlled possession the majority of the second half.

Pearsall scored in a crowd, while falling backwards, to make it 8-5 with 15 minutes left, and after that, with Parsons doing an outstanding job on the draws, the Warriors were in the driver’s seat.

Shannon Quinlan turned on the speed to score on a pair of explosive runs, and hard shots under the crossbar, making it 10-5 with 12:32 left.

Pearsall’s goal with 6:37 left made it 11-5, and the Warriors held the ball for almost the entire remaining six minutes.

Third-seeded New Canaan dropped to 12-6 with the loss.

Pearsall led the scoring for Wilton with four goals, while Cornbrooks and Quinlan each had two goals. Parsons, Dickinson and Char Noels each had one goal, and Parsons had an assist.

Miller had three goals to lead New Canaan, with one goal each from Sami Stewart Isabel Taben. Kathleen DeMarino had an assist.

Both goalie had strong game, with Bailey Pilder making nine saves for the Rams and Wiltshire finishing with seven saves for Wilton.