Wilton boys lax crushes Stamford, 18-2

Senior Michael Lynch tallied three goals and had two assists, sophomore Peter Koch added three goals, and four other players netted two goals apiece as the Wilton High boys lacrosse team routed Stamford, 18-2, Thursday afternoon at Fujitani Field.

“We are pushing ourselves to play better as a team and put last season behind us,” said Lynch. “We’re all on the same page this year, and having many returning players on both offense and defense are key. We need to take care of the ball and not turn it over as we did last year. We also need to win the face-offs to create scoring chances and have good off-ball movement.”

Reid Melillo, Harrison Bardwell, Harrison Koch, and Charles McGovern all contributed two goals apiece for the Warriors. McGovern and freshman Brian Calabrese each had three assists.

Wilton’s RJ Romeo won the game’s first four face-offs and the Warriors quickly converted all four into goals for a 4-0 lead just 2:50 into the contest. Romeo won 16-of-20 face-offs in the game.

Wilton led 6-1 after the first quarter and was ahead 10-2 by halftime. The Warriors scored five more times in the third quarter to lead 15-2.

Christian Hansson, Luke Rizzo, James Arbisi, and Calabrese added goals for Wilton, which improved to 3-1.

The Warriors' next four games are against traditional powers Yorktown, Fordham Prep, New Canaan, and St. Anthony's, and head coach John Wiseman knows the stretch will give him a better idea of where his team stands.

“It’s still early in the season, but we’re off to a good start and hopefully it boosts the confidence of the team. The road gets tougher over the next two weeks, so we'll see how we do,” said Wiseman. "We played very well against Fairfield Prep [a 9-8 loss] and didn’t get the win, but I am pleased at the way the team played. We created good offensive opportunities and had a chance to win the game late."