A little more than five weeks ago, the Wilton High boys lacrosse team was reeling with a 1-7 record. Now the Warriors have a date with Fairfield Prep in the state semifinals. Riding six goals from Dean DiNanno and a 13-save performance from goalie Andrew Calabrese, the Warriors knocked off FCIAC champion New Canaan, 14-11, in the Class L quarterfinals Saturday at Dunning Field. The turnaround has been remarkable. Since losing seven of its first eight games, Wilton is 11-2, with the latest win avenging its loss to New Canaan in last week\u2019s FCIAC final. Calabrese said the team never lost faith. \u201cThe whole time, in the locker room underneath the bleachers when we lost in front of our home stands, we went in there and said we have a choice,\u201d Calabrese said. \u201cWe can either turn it around right now or just pack it in, and we turned it around. Hats off to the seniors for showing the underclassmen what it means to play in the blue and white.\u201d Wilton, the 19th seed, will face third-seed Fairfield Prep (15-3) in the semifinals on Wednesday (June 5) at a site and time to be determined. Prep defeated Newtown, 15-5, in another quarterfinal game Saturday. The Warriors\u2019 14 goals nearly doubled their total from the previous two meetings with New Canaan, which beat Wilton, 9-8, during the regular season and then 8-7 in the FCIAC final. In addition to DiNanno\u2019s six tallies, Wilton also got two goals apiece from Zach Rossi and Reilly Sullivan and single goals from Liam Sullivan and Liam McGovern. Even the defensive long poles got into the act, as Ryan Schriber scored in the second quarter and Tyler Previtte scored in the fourth. \u201cWe played together,\u201d DiNanno said. \u201cWhen we have Tyler and Ryan coming down, it\u2019s always a threat. No one wants them shooting and when they make their passes, it leaves us wide open. We were moving the ball, everyone was moving the whole game and we just put the ball in the net.\u201d New Canaan had a huge game from Liam Griffiths, who also scored six goals, including one on an over-the-shoulder shot with his back to the net. Quintin O\u2019Connell had a hat trick and two assists, and Drew Guida and Will Rechtermann each had a goal and an assist. The loss was a dramatic shift in emotions from last weekend when the Rams were celebrating their first FCIAC championship since 2013. \u201cThey put more in the net than we did,\u201d New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo said. \u201cIt was a handful of plays, but our guys fought to the end; they never gave up, and I\u2019m proud of them for that. I truly love this group of boys. They\u2019re young men that I\u2019m going to miss, especially this senior class. It\u2019s never fun when you lose your last game, but Wilton played great and they deserved to win today.\u201d For Wilton, Calabrese came up with several saves at key moments. \u201cAndrew\u2019s been that way all season,\u201d Wilton coach Steve Pearsall said. \u201cHe\u2019s an unbelievable goalie. He\u2019s the top goalie in the state as far as I\u2019m concerned and he\u2019s been a brick wall back there for us. He\u2019s an athletic kid who does so much other than just stopping the ball for us.\u201d As they had done in the FCIAC finals, the Warriors got off to a hot start. Rossi opened the scoring and then DiNanno added back-to-back goals for a 3-0 lead. Goals by Rechtermann and Griffiths got New Canaan's engine started and the first quarter ended with Wilton up 4-3. Griffiths scored the first two goals of the second period with assists from O\u2019Connell and Rechtermann to give New Canaan what turned out to be its only lead of the game at 5-4. The teams were tied at 6-6 when Schriber came down the field, split a pair of defenders and scored to put the Warriors ahead. DiNanno\u2019s fourth goal came with 58.4 seconds left, as Wilton took an 8-6 lead into halftime. Wilton extended that advantage to three goals after three periods and kept the heat on when Reilly Sullivan scored the opening goal of the fourth quarter for a 12-8 lead with 10:05 remaining. The Rams made a final charge with back-to-back goals by Griffiths and O\u2019Connell to close the gap to 12-10 with 7:59 to play. DiNanno then scored off a scramble in front, after New Canaan goalie Carl Mazabras (seven saves) made a pair of stops. DiNanno scooped the loose ball into the open left side of the net for a back-breaking goal with 6:13 remaining. \u201cIt bounced right in front and everybody was trying to find where it was,\u201d DiNanno said. \u201cI was kind of lurking outside and I went in and just put it on net.\u201d Griffiths then scored his sixth goal for New Canaan, but Wilton got it back for a 14-11 lead before the defense held off a final push by the Rams. Fittingly, the game ended with the ball in Calabrese\u2019s stick after he scooped up a ground ball in the defensive end. The senior goalie said the Warriors had the same mentality as they did when they upset Darien, 4-3, in the FCIAC semifinals. \u201cWe just needed to find that mindset we had against Darien,\u201d Calabrese said. \u201cBlock out the noise and everyone who didn\u2019t believe in us. It\u2019s the people in the huddle who matter, and we had all we needed.\u201d WILTON 14, NEW CANAAN 11 WILTON \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 4 4 3 3 \u2014 14NEW CANAAN 3 3 2 3 \u2014 11 Wilton: Dean DiNanno 6g, 2a; Zach Rossi 2g, 1a; Reilly Sullivan 2g, 1a; Liam Sullivan 1g, 2a; Liam McGovern 1g; Tyler Previtte 1g; Ryan Schriber 1g; William Hughes 1a; New Canaan: Liam Griffiths 6g; Quintin O\u2019Connell 3g, 2a; Drew Guida 1g, 1a; Will Rechtermann 1g, 1a; Teddy Manges 2a; Ryan Caione 2a; Kyle Russell 1a; Goalies: W \u2013 Andrew Calabrese 13 saves; NC \u2013 Carl Mazabras 7 saves; Records: Wilton 12-9; New Canaan 15-6.