WESTPORT >> After a first half that saw Staples score twice in the final 10 seconds of play, seizing all the momentum, the Wilton girls’ lacrosse team made some second half adjustment Friday afternoon.
The final 25 minutes it seemed was all Wilton, as the highlights came from a pair of Warrior freshmen stepping up offensively, and a defense that allowed just one Staples goal.
The Warriors made an impressive four-goal comeback to defeat Staples 12-10 and advance to the FCIAC semifinals on Tuesday.
“I have to give so much credit to Staples, they came in with such an awesome game plan and those kids were so prepared and they fought really hard,” Wilton head coach Meredith Adamicki said. “We made some personnel changes and made some adjustments to our game plan and boy did they go out and execute in the second half.”
Senior Makenna Pearsall was a big boost in the second half as she helped Wilton win more of the draws as the Warriors were able to maintain possession and get an offense going.
After Pearsall scored to cut the Staples lead to three goals with just 15 minutes to play, the Warriors scored three times in 30 seconds. With top offensive threat Sara Dickinson drawing a lot of attention, Wilton saw freshmen Eva Greco and Paisley Egan, along with Pearsall and senior Laine Parsons take center stage during that span.
Parsons gave Wilton the lead for good with under six minutes to play and then Greco scored almost two minutes later for the 12-10 advantage.
“That is awesome that those kids weren’t afraid to go after it and make something happen for their team,” Adamicki said.
Greco scored three times in the final 25 minutes, as Pearsall found the back of the net four times and Parsons added three.
For Staples, after a brilliant first half, possessions got the best of the team as they saw the lead quickly deteriorate and couldn’t find an answer.
“They beat us in the second half,” Staples head coach Peter Najarian said. “They won the possessions. We got ahead and got a little complacent… they got a couple quick goals and before you know it the momentum swings.”
Staples was led by Paige Murray’s five goals.
The Wreckers will turn their attention to the Class L tournament in hopes of making a run.