Girls lacrosse preview: Strong returning cast for Warriors

When the Wilton High girls lacrosse team opens the season on Wednesday, it will feature an experienced, talented crew that will again be among the best teams in the FCIAC and state.

The Warriors are looking to get back to the FCIAC championship game for the first time since winning back-to-back FCIAC titles in 2010-11, and will be gunning for their first Class M state title since 2006, having lost in the state finals the last two years to New Canaan.

Wilton returns 11 key players from last year’s 15-6 team that lost to New Canaan in the Class M finals, 10-6.

The Warriors will get some good early tests, with home games tomorrow against Trumbull (6), on Friday against New Canaan (6) and on Monday against perennial New York state power Garden City (noon)

“We’re very excited about the team this season. We’ve got eight returning starters and several new players who will be looking to make an impact,” said head coach Meredith Meyran. “We should be very solid from end to end and if we can execute in games, then we will have another great season.”

Wilton will be led by its three senior captains, Annie Cornbrooks, Hannah Wiltshire and Maeve Kennard.

The team had experience and talent on every line.

While the Warriors graduated some firepower in midfielder Tagen Helms (first-team all-state) and attackers Kat Vincent (first-team all-state) and Megan Boepple, but returns four attack players who combined for 96 goals last season in Cornbrooks, fellow seniors Laura Knapp and Shannon Quinlan, and junior Sara Dickinson.

All four will play on the collegiate level. Cornbrooks (19g, 10a) will play for Connecticut College, Knapp (22g, 15a) for Davidson University, Quinlan (26 goals) for James Madison University, and Dickinson (29g, 14a) for Ohio State.

The midfield is also well-stocked with returning players in seniors Char Noels and juniors Makenna Pearsall, Laine Parsons, Cecily Freilich and Mel Boehme.

Noels, who will play at Colgate, had 14 goals and three assists last year.

Pearsall, an all-FCIAC honorable mention pick last year, had 12 goals and eight assists, and was the team’s top face-off specialist with 56 draw controls. She also had 20 caused turnovers. She will join her sister Casey (a 2013 WHS grad who missed last season due to injury) at the University of Notre Dame in two years.

Parsons, who is committed to play for Columbia University, had seven goals and three assists last year, and won 26 draw controls. Freilich had four goals and one assist as a sophomore.

The defense will be solid with two returning starters in Kennard and junior Casey Tucker, two of the best defenders in the state. Last year, both earned first-team all-state and second-team all-FCIAC honors. Also back is senior Emmie Arrix.

Wilton will also be very strong in goal, as Wiltshire is coming off a superb season that saw her named second-team all-state.