Just a few hours after the girls lacrosse team won in thrilling fashion , the Wilton High School boys would not be outdone. In a hard-hitting, fast-paced game against Greenwich, the team that knocked the Warriors out of the FCIAC tournament last year, Wilton would not be denied this time. After squandering a three-goal lead, Sean Carroll scored with two seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a huge 9-8 victory.
"We circled this game on our schedule early. To get a win like this under the lights is huge," Carroll said. "You think you have it won and they come right back. It was scary, but scoring that goal was surreal. It was a great play."
Wilton fought back hard after trailing 2-0 early. Wilton spread the field and turned up the speed of their passing. Their tempo increase quickly paid off as five different Warriors scored in the second quarter, staking out 5-4 halftime lead.
The Warriors' momentum carried early into the second half when they extended their lead to 7-4. Greenwich then turned up the physicality of the game. The Cardinals lowered the boom on Wilton, leveling attackers that began to play complacent. Greenwich racked up five quick turnovers and scored three times in under four minutes to knot the game at seven.
That led to a tense fourth quarter with each team struggling to find lanes to the net. Chris Nugent topped off a hat trick to give Wilton the lead with 7:52 to play, but Greenwich tied the score again five minutes later. That left one last chance for Wilton.
Nugent knocked the ball loose in a scrum at midfield with 19 seconds to play and Wilton head coach John Wiseman quickly called a timeout. That allowed for one last perfectly designed play. Michael Francia took his time behind the Greenwich net, found Carroll, who one-timed it home past the Cardinal goalie.
"[Greenwich] is the defending FCIAC champs, so this is a big momentum-builder for us," Nugent said. "We just have so much talent on this team and once we get clicking we're going to be a tough team to stop."
It was an uplifting win for Wilton , which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Warriors travel to winless Fairfield Warde on Saturday for a 10 a.m. game.
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