Unbeaten no more: Wilton routs Glastonbury, 17-6
The Wilton High boys lacrosse team made sure that Glastonbury had a long bus ride home.
Taking advantage of 11 penalties, Wilton routed the previously unbeaten Tomahawks, 17-6, on Wednesday night at Fujitani Field. The Warriors, who improved to 5-2 with the victory, scored five of their goals during man-up situations.
Senior captain Harrison Bardwell and Harrison Koch led the way for Wilton with five goals each, followed by Brian Calabrese with three goals.
Glastonbury (5-1) actually got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Ronan Jacoby 2:45 into the contest. But Wilton registered two goals late in the first quarter to take a 2-1 lead.
At the start of the second quarter, the referees called an illegal stick penalty on Glastonbury, resulting in a three-minute, non-releasable penalty. Wilton scored twice during the man-advantage, getting goals from Bardwell and Connor Drake, to go ahead, 4-1.
The teams then traded goals before the Warriors went on a 5-1 run over the final five minutes of the second quarter.
Wilton's final three goals of the surge came within the last 1:33 of the half. Harrison Koch scored a man-up goal, and on the ensuing face-off R.J. Romeo won the draw, saw no defenders between him and the goal, and sprinted untouched to score nine seconds after Koch's goal. Romeo won 11-of-14 face-offs in the first half.
Peter Koch then scored with 3.5 seconds left in the second quarter to stretch Wilton's halftime lead to 10-3.
The Warriors displayed patience in working the ball around the offensive zone, attacking the net when the opportunity presented itself. Players rotated well without the ball, freeing themselves for open looks at the net. On the defensive end of the field, freshman Andrew Calabrese got the start in net for the Warriors and had a solid game between the pipes.
“We played loose tonight and we made great cuts to the net,” said Bardwell. “This was a good win for us. They came in here undefeated and we wanted to give them their first loss. Andrew (Calabrese) showed that he can play under pressure in net. This was another game under our belt for our younger players and I feel confident going into Saturday’s matchup against (unbeaten, nationally ranked) Darien."
Wilton continued its dominance in the third quarter by outscoring the Tomahawks, 5-2, to build a 15-5 lead going into the final 12 minutes.
The third quarter also saw several hard fouls by Glastonbury that didn’t sit well with the Warrior coaching staff and fans. Twice in the second half, Wilton had a two-man advantage due to multiple penalties on the Tomahawks. And play was stopped twice due to injuries for Romeo, who eventually left following a hard check.
The third quarter also ended with the Warriors showing that it doesn’t take long to score. With 2.8 seconds left in the period, the ball went out of bounds in favor of Wilton. As soon as the referee blew the whistle to put the ball in play, Bardwell quickly found Brian Calabrese in front of the net for a goal with just 0.8 seconds on the clock.
"I’m pleased with the way the team played tonight and how they responded to the play on the field, and that they kept their composure and played within the rules,” said Wilton head coach John Wiseman.
"We have good depth on the team and, yes, we have several young players that are seeing playing time," added Wiseman. "We need them to play as a team, getting to know how to play with one another. We have to build that team chemistry.”