New Canaan routs Wilton boys lax team

The Wilton High boys lacrosse team scored the game’s first goal Thursday night.

After that, it was all New Canaan.

The Rams reeled off 11 unanswered goals and routed Wilton, 14-3, at Dunning Field in New Canaan.

Wilton, coming off a solid performance in a 10-6 win over Fordham Prep on Tuesday, was totally out-matched by the quicker Rams, who scored at will. When the hosts were on offense they easily got around a Warrior defense that seemed to be standing flat-footed. New Canaan (4-1 overall) also used its team quickness on defense to keep the Warrior offense off-balance.

New Canaan held Wilton scoreless for a 28-plus minute span from the first period into the third quarter. Unforced errors, mental mistakes, and lost face-offs didn’t help the Warriors.

Harrison Koch got Wilton (4-3 overall) on the board with 7:56 left to play in the first quarter, giving the Warriors a short lived 1-0 lead. The Rams' Justin Meichner netted his first of five goals in the game with 6:34 left in the period, tying the score. Kyle Smith then fired a laser past Wilton goalie Matthew Brody to give the hosts a 2-1 at the end of one period.

Neither team scored in the first five minutes of the second quarter, but New Canaan closed the first half with three goals for a 5-1 halftime lead.

The Rams then ripped off six more goals in the first seven-plus minutes of the third quarter to take a commanding 11-1 advantage.

Michael Lynch’s goal, assisted by Koch, with 3:09 to play in the third quarter finally ended the Warriors' drought. Harrison Bardwell, assisted by Reid Melillo, scored for Wilton with 31 seconds remaining in the third period to make the score 11-3. But New Canaan answered right back, scoring with 9.8 seconds to play in the period for a 12-3 lead.

The Rams netted two more goals in the final quarter and held Wilton scoreless again for the 14-3 victory.