Murph's Turf: Best-of awards for Wilton High fall sports

The Bulletin’s best-of awards for the recently completed 2013 fall high school sports season:

Play: A game-winning goal in overtime in the state finals with no time left on the clock? That’s exactly what the Wilton High field hockey team got when Kristen Godin scored on a penalty corner to give the Warriors a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Lauralton Hall in the Class L championship game. Emmie Arrix sent a penalty corner in to Madison Hendry, who then fed Godin in the center of the arc. Godin settled the ball and scored on a shot that beat the charging Lauralton Hall goalie and deflected off a defender’s stick.

Performance (individual): Senior quarterback Brett Phillips accounted for 424 yards in the Wilton High football team’s 32-28 loss to Trumbull. Phillips ran for 331 yards on 27 carries and also threw for 93 more, completing seven-of-14 passes. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. He wasn’t done there, however: On the other side of the ball, Phillips had 10 tackles (five solo) from his defensive back position.

Performance (team): With all five of its scoring runners finishing in the top-24 overall, the Wilton High girls cross country team won its third straight Class L state title in dominating style. The Warriors had 68 points to beat runners-up Mercy and Pomperaug, which tied for second with 101 points. Two Wilton runners placed in the top 10, as Sarah Healy was second and Mary Lynch seventh.

Game: A Senior Night soccer contest took on extra meaning when two seniors, both captains, teamed for the game’s only goal. Matt Przybysz headed in Oliver Quantock’s corner kick early in the first half, and the score stood up as the Wilton High boys soccer team blanked New Canaan, 1-0.

Newcomer: Freshman Olivia Bernardini provided an immediate boost for a Wilton High girls cross country team that had lost several of its top runners to graduation. Bernardini finished 14th overall at the conference championships, earning All-FCIAC first team honors, and then was 14th in the Class L meet and 57th at the State Open.

Female athlete: Senior midfielder Madison Hendry was the engine that powered the Wilton High field hockey team to a third straight state championship. Hendry contributed 20 goals and 23 assists and also was part of the ultra-stingy defensive effort that produced 19 shutouts and just five goals by opponents in 23 games.

Male athlete: Phillips cemented his status as one of the best all-around players in Wilton football history with an exceptional senior season. He threw for 1,202 yards and ran for 1,125 more as Wilton’s quarterback, piling up 2,327 total yards in 11 games. As a defensive back, Phillips added 61 tackles and two sacks and was named to both the All-FCIAC and CHSCA All-State first teams.

Coach: When its three top scorers opted to focus on an academy program and skip the high school season, the Wilton High boys soccer team looked to be headed for a downturn. But head coach Jim Lewicki was able to right the ship, guiding the Warriors to an 11-6-3 record and berths in both the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments.

Team: Although both the Wilton High girls cross country and field hockey teams won their third consecutive state titles this fall, the latter did so more impressively. The only blemishes on the Warriors’ 21-2 season were two losses to Darien, including a 1-0 setback in the conference championship game. But Wilton rebounded from that loss to get its state three-peat, edging Lauralton Hall, 1-0, in overtime in the Class L finals.