New Canaan had suffocated Wilton\u2019s momentum through the middle of the FCIAC boys lacrosse championship game Friday night, and in large part that was because of goalie Carl Mazabras. Mazabras was there again at the end, making big fourth-quarter saves to earn Most Valuable Player honors and to preserve New Canaan's 8-7 win over the Warriors at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. \u201cHe\u2019s a stud. There\u2019s a reason he\u2019s a senior captain,\u201d Quintin O\u2019Connell said of his goalie, classmate and fellow captain. \u201cHe deserved that MVP more than anyone.\u201d Three big fourth-quarter stops (and a couple of goalposts) kept third-seed New Canaan ahead by two goals late in the game. And though Dean DiNanno\u2019s third goal got fourth-seed Wilton back within one with 36.1 seconds left, New Canaan made one last defensive stand to set off the celebration for the Rams. It took a comeback to get there: Wilton, coming off Tuesday\u2019s 4-3 semifinal stunner over top-seed Darien, took a 4-1 first-quarter lead Friday. New Canaan (14-5) got one back on an O\u2019Connell setup to Drew Guida with 8.5 seconds left in the first, and the Rams held Wilton (10-9) scoreless for nearly 23 minutes. New Canaan had a 7-4 lead by the time the run ended late in the third. \u201cYou\u2019ve got to be patient\u201d on offense, Rams coach Chip Buzzeo said. \u201cYou can\u2019t rush it. You can\u2019t force it. More importantly, you\u2019ve got to believe in your teammates. \u201cAgainst arguably the best goalie in the state of Connecticut (Wilton\u2019s Andrew Calabrese), you\u2019ve got to take quality shots.\u201d Mazabras made eight of his 15 saves in that stretch. \u201cWe were taking what they were giving us, adjusting our offensive sets based on their defense,\u201d said Wilton coach Steve Pearsall, who said before the game the Warriors figured (spot on) that they\u2019d need nine goals to win. \u201cWe were generating a lot of shots from the midfield. They\u2019re a good defensive team.\u201d Notes: The title was New Canaan's first since 2013. Darien had won the last five conference championships. Wilton reached the FCIAC finals for the first time since 2004 but is still waiting for its first title since 1999. The Warriors are back in action Saturday morning, playing Hall in a Class L state tournament qualifying-round game at 11 a.m. \u201cTwelve-hour turnaround,\u201d Pearsall said. \u201cThe boys are going to get off the bus at 8 (p.m. at Wilton High), a little before that, and they\u2019ve got to get back on the bus at 8 (a.m.) to go to West Hartford.\u201d FCIAC BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP NEW CANAAN 8, WILTON 7 WILTON \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a04 0 1 2\u20147NEW CANAAN \u00a0 \u00a02 3 2 1\u20148 Records: Wilton 10-9; New Canaan 14-5. Scoring: W\u2014Dean DiNanno 3 goals, 2 assists, Reilly Sullivan 1g, 1a, Zach Rossi 2a, Ryan Schriber 1g, Liam Sullivan 1g, Josh White 1g, Andrew Luciano 1a; NC\u2014Quintin O\u2019Connell 2g, 2a, Drew Guida 2g, Liam Griffiths 2g, Teddy Manges 1g, 1a, Will Rechtermann 2a, Ryan Caione 1g. Goalies: W\u2014Andrew Calabrese (9); NC\u2014Carl Mazabras (15). Shots: W\u201441; NC\u201428.