If this season\u2019s narrative reprises that of last season, John Wiseman won\u2019t be the one complaining about a lack of originality. After going 8-8 during the regular season and losing in the conference quarterfinals, the Wilton High boys lacrosse team entered the Class M state tournament as just the 17th seed. But the Warriors proceeded to win five straight games, including a 9-4 triumph over second-seed Joel Barlow in the title contest. \u201cWe got hot at the right time,\u201d said Wiseman, Wilton\u2019s head coach. \u201cOur unity is our strength. We work to create chemistry during the season, and last year we were able to that. We played much better at the end of the season than the beginning.\u201d Don\u2019t be surprised if something similar happens this spring. Hit hard by graduation, the Warriors enter the 2014 campaign (which starts today at home against Norwalk at 7) with new starters at many positions. That could mean a few bumps in the beginning, which Wiseman is fine with as long as his team keeps improving. \u201cThe goal is to get better, and I think we have the players who are capable of that,\u201d he said. \u201cWe are relatively young, with a lot of sophomores and juniors, but they should get more confident over the course of the season.\u201d The focal point of Wilton\u2019s attack figures to be senior Brendan Devane, an All-FCIAC second-team choice last year. \u201cHe\u2019s a returning starter and a prolific scorer,\u201d said Wiseman about Devane. \u201cHe should have a good senior season.\u201d Juniors Christian Hansson and Michael Lynch are the front-runners to start alongside Devane, although sophomore Harrison Cook could also contribute. Wiseman is hopeful that toward the end of the regular season, or by the start of the post-season, senior Ryan Brameier can join the attack group. Last spring, Brameier missed the beginning of the year due to a torn ACL but returned in time to be a major part of Wilton\u2019s state championship run, scoring several crucial goals. Brameier will again start this season on the sidelines after re-tearing the ACL, but Wiseman believes Brameier can be back on the field near the start of the FCIAC playoffs. \u201cRyan was a difference maker when he came back last year, and we\u2019re hoping he can do the same thing this year and provide that spark in the post-season,\u201d said Wiseman. Wilton\u2019s midfield contingent is led by seniors Will Garbus and Dan Baird. Joining them are classmate Brian Lafond, sophomore Harrison Bardwell, and juniors Reid Melillo and Luke Rizzo. Wilton\u2019s biggest graduation loss was arguably All-FCIAC and All-State face-off specialist Ted Ottens, who is now playing at Brown University. With Ottens gone, Wiseman will turn to sophomore RJ Romeo. \u201cI\u2019m not worried,\u201d said Wiseman. \u201cYou don\u2019t just replace someone like Ted, but RJ is a real good face-off guy himself. Another first-year starter is sophomore Michael Brown, who has won the starting spot at long-stick midfielder. \u201cWe lost Henry Lee, who was very good, but Michael Brown has tremendous potential,\u201d said Wiseman. The Warriors also have a capable back-up in senior Hudson McClintock, who has switched from midfield to long-stick midfield. On defense, Wilton will start three juniors: Jack Dexter, Thomas Courtney and Tyler Mirabile. \u201cThey are not necessarily huge take-away defenders, but they have solid fundamentals and positioning,\u201d said Wiseman. Senior Jake Hudson and junior Mitch Kauffman could also contribute on defense. In goal, senior Josh Worley and junior Jameson Hill are vying to replace the graduated Connor Johnson. \u201cThey are neck and neck,\u201d said Wiseman. \u201cI haven\u2019t decided on a set starter so you will probably see both of them in the season opener. It\u2019s a great problem to have.\u201d Notes: Wilton lost to Darien, 9-6, in the FCIAC quarterfinals last season. The Warriors ended last year with a 13-9 record.