Death, taxes, and thrilling athletic contests between Ridgefield and Wilton. Connecticut boys lacrosse fans were treated to the most appealing of those certainties\u00a0on Thursday afternoon,\u00a0as host Ridgefield edged Wilton, 7-6, in overtime at Tiger Hollow. In their first game back after missing time due to injuries, Peter Dearth and Schuyler Blair combined for the game-winning goal just 1:30 into OT.\u00a0Blair got\u00a0the\u00a0goal off an assist from Dearth, giving\u00a0the Tigers a crucial win over a bitter rival. Ridgefield improved\u00a0to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the FCIAC, while Wilton fell to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Ridgefield\u2019s zone defense was strong enough in the early going to minimize chances and mitigate scoring threats, but lack of substantive possession contributed\u00a0to two Wilton goals (at 8:47 and 3:26) that put the visitors ahead, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter. Just 1:33 into the second period, Dearth found the net on a quick shot to cut the Wilton lead in half. After Ridgefield flipped\u00a0the script and curbed\u00a0Warrior possession time, Mark Galione leveled the contest at 2-2 with 2:22 remaining in the half. Wilton regained the lead on Kieran McGovern's goal with 1:47 left in the second quarter, but Greg Gatto drew the Tigers back even off of a Drew Fowler assist with a measly 0.4 seconds left in the half. Following a physical third quarter in which the Tigers and the Warriors exchanged goals to keep the game tied at 4-4, a gripping fourth quarter headlined what was an excellent contest. At 8:10 of the final quarter, Dearth completed a hat trick to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Ridgefield face-off man Chris Costello then won\u00a0the ensuing draw and took off to add another goal a\u00a0mere eight seconds later. Wilton's Harrison Koch scored 14 seconds after that to make it a one-goal game, and then Koch scored again\u00a0to tie the contest\u00a0at 6-6, leading to extra time. Costello won the opening face-off in\u00a0OT and the Tigers called timeout, setting the stage for Dearth and Blair to combine on the game-winner. \u201cThat\u2019s a great high school lacrosse game that I would\u2019ve paid to come and watch,\u201d said\u00a0Ridgefield\u00a0head coach Roy Colsey. \u201cBoth teams deserved to win, and it was a really well-played game.\u201d Notes:\u00a0Koch and McGovern led Wilton with two goals apiece. Harrison Bardwell and Peter Koch also scored for the Warriors, and Connor Drake and Brian Calabrese each had two assists. Ridgefield starting goalie Kris Klemm left in the first quarter with a lower body injury. Freshman Daniel Parson filled in admirably\u00a0with 11 saves. Wilton's RJ Romeo won eight of the game's 13 face-offs.