NORWALK — All it took was 76 seconds.
That short span during the second half, in which Wilton scored three times, was enough for the No. 3 Warriors, who upset No. 2 New Canaan 10-8 in the FCIAC girls lacrosse semifinals Monday afternoon at Norwalk High school.
Wilton will play the winner of No. 1 Darien and No. 4 Greenwich in the finals on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Norwalk.
“That was huge,” Wilton coach Meredith Meyran said of the spurt, which was part of a 6-1 run for the Warriors. “New Canaan does such a good job pressuring out and it took us a really long time to adjust to that. In the second half we were ready for it and able to handle it and take some really good looks.”
New Canaan and Wilton went into the half tied at 4-4, with all of the Rams goals coming off the stick of senior Karlie Bucci, who finished with five on the day.
“Bucci came fired up,” New Canaan coach Kristin Woods said. “She’s a senior leader that we always depend on and she’s a gamer, she knew she had to step up big and she did. I’m proud of her.”
Paisley Eagan (four goals) scored just 20 seconds into the second half, but New Canaan’s McKenna Harden tied it at 5-5 just 1:30 later.
From there, it was all Wilton, getting four-straight goals from Eagan, Eva Greco (hat trick), Sophia Sudano and Julia Skillin to open up a 9-5 lead.
New Canan scored three of the final four goals on the game — the last with just 1:39 remaining — but Greco’s dominance in the faceoff circle was enough for the Warriors to hold on.
“Draw controls killed us,” Woods said. “Wilton did a great job coming up with them and they executed offensively. When we had it on offense I think we had good opportunities, but you need possession of the ball.”
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Eagan and Greco, Wilton. The senior duo dominated the contest, combining for seven of the Warriors’ 10 goals.
“We’ve been saying all week, you’re not going to get this opportunity again so make sure that regardless of the outcome that you’ve done everything you can possibly do to help your team,” Meyran said. “And the seniors did that today.”
PLAYING KEEP AWAY
Once the Warriors took a four-goal lead in the second half, they were content to swing the ball around the perimeter and kill clock until the perfect shot presented itself.
“Anytime New Canaan has the ball, they’re probably going to score,” Meyran said. “You need to make sure you’re picking and choosing your options very carefully and keeping the ball off their sticks.”
“These seven seniors, I think they have it in them,” Woods said. “They’ll get everybody fired up and refocused and it’s a matter of playing the full 50 minutes.”
WILTON 10, NEW CANAAN 8
WILTON 4 6—10
NEW CANAAN 4 4—8
Scoring: W—Paisley Eagan 4 goals, Eva Greco 3g, Sophia Sudano 2g, Julia Skillin 1g, Taylor LaMantia 1 assist; NC—Karlie Bucci 5g, Kendall Patten 1a, McKenna Harden 1g, Braeden Dial 1g, Campbell Connors 1g. Goalies: W—Paige Brown (1 save), Bridgette Wall (2); NC—Caroline O’Dea (4). Shots: W—15; NC—14.