WILTON — Not all wins need to be flashy.

The New Canaan boys lacrosse team relied on a stifling defense in beating Wilton 11-2 on the road Tuesday night to remain undefeated.

“Our team defense is suffocating when they want to be,” New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo said. “You could see the quality of shots — we forced them to have poor shots, poor angles and if you take those kinds of shots at Drew Morris (seven saves), he’s going to save the majority. No disrespect to guys before, but it’s one of the best, if not the best, defense of guys I’ve coached. I’m proud of them, they really played great defense.”

Wilton held the impressive New Canaan offense to just five first-half goals, but never could get anything started offensively.

“I wasn’t that disappointed with the defense early on,” Wilton coach John Wiseman said. “We were sloppy a couple times, some of those goals we could have stopped, but at the end of the day we are 2-1. It’s early in the season, they’re a very solid team and I’m not that worried about it.”

New Canaan, ranked 11th in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll, scored the game’s first three goals, two from Peter Swindell (three goals, one assist) and one from Kyle Smith (two goals) before Wilton’s Brian Calabrese tallied for the Warriors.

From there the Rams (3-0) would score five unanswered spanning the second and third periods from five different players.

New Canaan was extremely successful in hitting cutters to the net, creating easy point-blank opportunities.

“Our guys can move the ball,” Buzzeo said. “What’s different from the last couple years is our offense is midfield driven, it’s faster paced, it’s more dynamic — we’re using our athleticism more and it’s extremely hard to cover. Our defense in practice hates covering out midfielders.”

That midfield is what made a big difference for the Rams Tuesday as Buzzeo emphasized controlling the neutral zone.

“I watched them play (Fairfield) Prep and they neutralized the middle of the field,” Buzzeo said. “They won a lot of ground balls and face-offs. Our sophomore, Nick Cravatto, battled at the faceoff X, I’m real proud of him, even if we lost we forced a ground ball. It was a huge difference in the game; ground balls and forcing them to make errors. It was an incredible team effort from our middies between the lines.”

Wiseman agreed it was the little things that made the difference in Wilton’s first loss.

“We weren’t executing well,” Wiseman said.

“We weren’t picking up ground balls, we were dropping the ball and making some silly passes—we had too many turnovers early on and ended up playing too much defense.”

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New Canaan 11, Wilton 2

NEW CANAAN 2 3 3 3—11

WILTON 0 1 1 0—2

Records: New Canaan 3-0; Wilton 2-1. Scoring: NC—Peter Swindell 3 goals 1 assist; Kyle Smith 2g, Matthew Bisceglia 1g, Ryan O’Connell 1g, Clayton Burt 2g 2a, Jack Hoelzer 1g 1a, Jonathan Betack 1g Jackson Appelt 1a; W—Brian Calabrese 1g, Kieran McGovern 1g, Peter Koch 1a. Goalies: NC—Drew Morris (7 saves); W—Matthew Brody (8).