The Wilton High boys lacrosse team was hoping that the third time it\u00a0faced New Canaan would be the proverbial charm. But the\u00a0Rams weren't playing along. In fact, they were playing ahead for most of Wednesday night's Class M state semifinal game at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Opening an early lead, and then pulling away after a Wilton surge, second-seed New Canaan defeated 19th-seed Wilton, 11-7, and advanced to the Class M championship game Saturday against Daniel Hand at McMahon (10:30 a.m.). Going into the game, Wilton head Coach John Wiseman knew it was going to be a battle between the two storied programs, and that his team had to give him a near perfect performance to play for the Class M title. \u201cIt was a hard fought battle, as I expected," said Wiseman, whose team ended the season with a 10-10 record. "I am very proud of how my team played tonight and what we accomplished this season. These kids played with a lot of heart and pride. "We didn\u2019t get off to a good start; we had some challenges clearing the ball and they made us pay for that," added Wiseman. "They (New Canaan) had good team speed that caused problems for us. But my guys fought back from the early deficit and they did their best to try to chip away at New Canaan\u2019s lead. Wilton\u2019s RJ Romeo won the game\u2019s opening face-off and the Warriors controlled the ball for pretty much the first three minutes of the contest, but had nothing to show for their efforts. However, once the Rams were able to mount an organized rush up the field, they put three goals in the back of the net in less than a two-minute span. Peter Swindell scored the game\u2019s first goal with 8:26 to go in the first quarter, getting an open look for the score. Michael Kraus picked up a loose ball in front of the Warrior goal and deposited\u00a0it for a score just 1:12\u00a0later, and Justin Meichner closed out the trio of goals with 6:32 left in the first period. Wilton finally got on the board with 5:16 remaining in the first, when Michael Lynch found Harrison Koch for a\u00a0goal to cut the lead to 3-1. New Canaan regained its three-goal advantage less than a minute later when Ryan O\u2019Connell passed from behind the Warrior net to Kyle Smith for the score and a 4-1 Ram lead. Harrison Koch scored again for the Warriors with 1:58 left in the period to cut New Canaan's lead to 4-2 after one quarter. Koch beat him his man while circling in from behind the net. The scoring flurry continued in the second quarter with Wilton tallying the first two goals of the period to tie the game at 4-4 with 7:25 left before halftime. Reid Melillo, assisted by Lynch got the Warriors to within one at 4-3, and then Harrison Koch\u2019s third goal of the game tied the score at 4-4. Koch was left unmarked in front of the net, and Harrison Bardwell\u2019s pass from the side found him open for the tying goal. The game remained knotted at 4-4 until O\u2019Connell scored for New Canaan with 4:33 left in the first half. The Rams went\u00a0on to\u00a0net three more goals to take a 8-4 lead into halftime. Meichner accounted for two of the scores, which came 12 seconds apart, and Kraus had the final goal of the first half. The scoring slowed in the second half, but\u00a0it was the Warriors cutting the Rams lead to 8-5 with 2:31 to play in the third quarter. Charlie McGovern scored after a long Warrior possession, assisted by Lynch.\u00a0 McGovern, who had been averaging about four goals a game over the last seven games, was held in check by the New Canaan\u00a0defense. But Swindell put a\u00a0low shot into the Wilton\u00a0goal with 1:10 left in the third, giving his team another four goal advantage\u00a0at 9-5, and this time the Warriors were not\u00a0able do anything to chip away at the lead. Kraus upped the Rams' lead to 10-5 with his third goal of the game with 3.6 ticks left on the third-period clock. The Warriors showed no quit, and Melillo\u2019s second goal of the game with 9:14 to play gave his team some hope, making the score 10-6. But Kraus netted his fourth goal of the game on a man-advantage situation\u00a0with 4:45 to play before Wilton's\u00a0Lynch scored the game's final goal\u00a0with 3:52 to play. From there, New Canaan preserved its 11-7 lead, as three\u00a0late penalties hurt Wilton\u2019s comeback chances.