WILTON — A slow start doomed the New Canaan girls lacrosse team Saturday in a loss to Middle Country, NY.

The Rams seemed to learn from that experience, coming out hot and never relinquishing the lead as they defeated rival Wilton 14-10 at Kristine Lilly Field in Wilton.

“We just wanted to come out strong,” New Canaan senior Sammy Stewart said. “We came out a little slow on Saturday and that’s what caught us and caused us to lose that game. We wanted to come out as strong as possible today and really bring it to them and I thought we did that well.”

The Rams scored the first two goals of the game and Wilton answered right back, tying the game but after that the Rams rattled off three straight goals, holding on to that margin, leading 8-5 at half time.

Stewart said she knew Wilton would always fight back even when New Canaan extended the lead to 11-5 early in the second half.

“Sophomore year they beat us in the state finals and ever since then it is always like a state final game when we play them. It’s awesome,” Stewart said. “They are a very strong team and the momentum can always swing. We have to make sure to be playing our best all the time and we have to keep taking it to goal because they can always come back.”

Stewart and Catherine Granito led New Canaan with three goals apiece with Campbell Armstrong, Gianna Bruno and Braeden Dial each scoring twice and Kylie Murphy tallying once.

Wilton coach Meredith Adamicki said her team lacked focus on the defensive end and it was the difference in the game.

“I was very unhappy with our defensive effort today as a unit,” Adamicki said. “We weren’t communicating, we didn’t play together and we came out and got ourselves in a hole in the first half and you can’t do that against New Canaan. They do not turn it over so if you don’t win the draw you are going to be playing a lot of defense and we had difficulty getting possession.”

Eva Greco and Rebecca Wistreich each scored three goals with Paisley Eagan and Erika Bonnist scoring two each.

New Canaan coach Kristin Woods said her team’s ability to not only possess the ball well but to pick their spots correctly for scoring chances was the deciding factor.

“The draws are huge but I think we scored at important times and defensively we had a few great stops,” Woods said. “Every game with a young team is a learning experience. I thought we came out really focused and that is what we learned from Saturday when we had a little first-half lapse in Long Island. We didn’t show up ready to go and I think we learned from that and today we came out on fire.”

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports


NEW CANAAN 8 6 — 14

WILTON 5 5 — 10

Records: NC - 7-1; W - 2-3

Scoring: NC - Sammy Stewart 3g, 1a; Catherine Granito 3g, 2a; Campbell Armstrong 2g; Gianna Bruno 2g; Braeden Dial 2g Kylie Murphy 1g. W -- Eva Greco 3g, 1a; Rebecca Wistreich 3g; Paisley Eagan 2g; Erika Bonnist 2g.

Goalies: NC - Caroline O’Dea 6 saves; W - Bridgette Wall 6 saves