Fairfield Prep tops Wilton in boys lacrosse
Shots kept coming for the Fairfield Prep lacrosse team. The Jesuits' coach even wished they had finished a few more of them Wednesday.
Prep, the state's No. 2 team, still broke away from Wilton in the second quarter, beating the Warriors 16-9 at Tom Fujitani Field.
"This game was definitely a breakout game for our offense," said Jesuits senior Tim Edmonds, who had two goals and three assists.
Fairfield Prep (8-4) moved the ball around, withstood Wilton's first pushback in the first quarter and scored five in a row to take a 7-2 lead. It led 9-4 at the half.
"We had 25 shots in the first half. The one thing was we just didn't finish chances," Jesuits coach Chris Smalkais said. "I thought we should've finished a lot more opportunities."
They finished plenty: a game after scoring a season-high 17 against Amity, they nearly matched it against the Warriors (6-7).
"They're a good team, and we made a lot of mental errors," Wilton coach John Wiseman said. "The kids played hard. It didn't translate. A good team like Prep will capitalize on those mental errors."
The Jesuits were up 2-0 92 seconds into the game. Wiseman called his first timeout. Ted Ottens won the draw, the Warriors set up in the Prep end for four shots, and the fourth went in for the first of Tom Hayes' three goals. Brendan Devane tied it three minutes later.
"We kind of answered back, which I was pleased with," Wiseman said. "Silly mistakes cost us."
The Jesuits scored the next five, capped by the second John Edmonds-from-Tim Edmonds goal of the game.
"Playing with my brother, we've got great chemistry," Edmonds said. "I've known Kevin (Brown) for years. Middies like Sims, he's a returning guy; (David) White and (Sean) Henry played great."
They had the ball quite a bit with help from senior Troy Foreit. Foreit finished roughly even on faceoffs with Wilton's Ottens, but Foreit controlled most of them early as the Jesuits built their lead.
"Troy went 50 percent against one of the top faceoff guys in the country," Smalkais said. "He's a converted defenseman. He committed himself to learning faceoff this year."
Ottens scored two Wilton goals himself directly off faceoff wins. The first ended that 5-0 Prep run.
"That kid's really good," Foreit said. "I tried to have a quick reaction time. He's really strong. I faced him all winter (at Chelsea Piers in Stamford)."
Wilton had good possession time in the third quarter but emerged no closer. Hayes' hat-trick goal was answered in 30 seconds by Burke Smith.
Mike Burns scored on a man advantage with 1:31 left in the period; quick Jesuits passes set up Sims for his third goal, making it 11-6 after three. It could've been worse for the Warriors, but David White scored just after the third-quarter buzzer.
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FAIRFIELD PREP 4 5 2 5--16
WILTON 2 2 2 3--9
Records: Fairfield Prep 8-4; Wilton 6-7. Scoring: FP--Kevin Brown (4 goals, 1 assist), Tim Edmonds (2g, 3a), Austin Sims (4g), John Edmonds (2g, 1a), David White (1g, 1a), Sean Henry (1g, 1a), Burke Smith (1g, 1a), James Marusi (1g), Strecker Backe (1a); W--Tom Hayes (3g), Brendan Devane (2g), Ted Ottens (2g), Luke Reyes Guerra Dunn (1a). Goalies: FP--Connor Henry (6 saves); W--Connor Johnson (9). Shots: FP--45; W--38.