Wilton girls lacrosse team routs South Windsor in Class L opener

After a disappointing loss to Greenwich in the FCIAC quarterfinals 11 days earlier, the Wilton girls lacrosse team returned to action on Tuesday and showed few signs of rust, doubling up fourth-seeded South Windsor 24-12 in the first round of the Class L tournament in South Windsor.

The 13th-seeded Warriors (9-9) play at fifth-seeded Cheshire (14-5) in the quarterfinals Thursday at 5. Cheshire defeated Fairfield Ludlowe, 15-11, in the first round.

Tuesday’s win ended a skid that saw the Warriors lose five of six games, including their last three.

“It allowed us to hit the reset button,” said head coach Meredith Meyran of the long gap since the team’s last game. “The Greenwich game was really tough on us and it was emotionally tough as well. We really focused. I’m really proud of this team. They came to practice, ready to go, ready to work every day. I think it showed on the field today.”

Tuesday’s game was fairly close after the first 10-15 minutes, before Wilton closed out the first half with a run to lead 11-3 at halftime. Bridgette Wall was outstanding in goal in the first half with seven saves, including back-to-back stops in the final seconds of the half.

The Bobcats came out of halftime on fire, scoring three goals in the first 1:17 of the second half, before Wilton went on a 7-2 run to regain its momentum, taking a 18-8 lead with 12 minutes left.

Wilton, which got goals from 12 different players, was led by Paisley Eagan with six goals and Ellie Armstrong with four goals.

Scoring two goals each were Rebecca Wistreich, Julia Bonnist, Margaret Smith and Hayley Howard, with single goals by Lilla Seymour, Julia Skillin, Erika Bonnist, Zoe Lash, Erica Smith and Olivia Roman.

Seymour, Wistreich and Howard each had an assist.

“We were able to play everybody, and we’re not always able to do that,” said Meyran. “I feel that even when we send the subs in it doesn’t bring our level of play down at all.”

South Windsor was led by Natalie Kaczmarek with five goals and Bridget Kelly with four goals and an assist. Becca Russo had two goals and a team-high seven draw controls, and Lauren Landino also scored.

Sam Poulin (four saves) and Sarah Gallagher (three saves) split time in goal for the Bobcats. Wall finished with 10 saves for Wilton.

Notes: Sydney Brant led Wilton in draw controls with seven and groundballs with six.

Getting two draw controls each were Skillin, Margaret Smith and Eagan. Getting one draw control each were Julia Bonnist, Ella Mannix and Wistreich.

Eagan, Skillin and Margaret Smith each had three groundballs, with two each by Armstrong, Julia Bonnist, Lash, Wistreich and Olivia Nickel.

Getting on groundball each were Ally DiSanto, Carly Sullivan, Maddie Duffy, Mannix and Seymour.

Eagan led the team with three caused turnovers, with two each by Brant and Mannix.

Seymour, Lash, Wistreich, Duffy and Sarah Hinck each had one caused turnovers.