Staples girls lacrosse falls to Wilton in FCIAC playoffs
Updated 10:06 pm, Friday, May 22, 2015
Given that Wilton's Sara Dickinson lit the Staples girls lacrosse team up for five goals in the regular season meeting between the two teams, the Wreckers chose to lock in her during the FCIAC quarterfinals on Friday.
Though the Ohio State-bound Dickinson was shut out in the rematch, a pair of freshman stole the show in providing enough offense to ignite a multi-goal comeback for the Warriors.
Eva Greco fired a hat trick in the second half and Egan had a goal and an assist as Wilton erased a 9-5 halftime deficit to prevail 12-10 to advance to the FCIAC semifinals. The Warriors will take on top-seeded Darien on Tuesday.
"Staples was shutting off (Dickinson), we had trouble getting her the ball and they were doing a great job defensively on (Pearsall) and (Parsons)," Wilton coach Meredith Adamicki said. "And who stepped up? Paisley Egan and Eva Greco; two freshmen. That is awesome that those kids weren't afraid to go make something happen for their team."
Seniors Laine Parsons (three) and Makenna Pearsall (four) combined for seven goals for Wilton. Paige Murray led all scorers with five for the Wreckers, who were held to a single goal in the final 25 minutes.
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The FCIAC's final four is an annual tradition for the Warriors, but they were almost sent home early as Staples finished the first half with a flurry. The Wreckers scored four times in the final 3:40, including twice in the last 7.4 seconds as Colleen Bannon and Christine Taylor ended the half on a high note with goals to earn the 9-5 lead.
"Give so much credit to Staples they came in with such an awesome game plan and those kids were so prepared and fought really hard," Adamicki said. "They gave us everything we could possibly handle today."
The draws started going Wilton's way in the second half, and with that came the goals. Still trailing 10-6 with 13 minutes left, Pearsall scored for the Warriors off a free position to draw closer. Wilton would then score three times in a 30 second span soon after to tie the game at 10-10. Parsons scored the game-winning goal with 5:51 left on an isolation move in front of the cage and Greco added an insurance goal with 4:09 to play.
"We got ahead and got a little complacent," Staples coach Pete Najarian said. "It's a game of possession and momentum; once (Wilton) started winning those draws, that's how they came back."
The Wreckers had chances to get back in the game, but shot selection and the play of Wilton goalie Olivia Phelan (11 saves) prevented a late comeback.
"(Phelan) is a player that is focused on getting better every day," Adamicki said. "The fact that we can rely on her in these big-game situations is a testament to her character and how hard of a worker she is."
It was yet another close call for the Wreckers, who fell at the same stage last year by a single goal to Greenwich and haven't won a postseason game in the FCIAC or states since 2012. For Wilton, it's another appearance in the semifinal round.
WILTON 12, STAPLES 10
WILTON 4 8--12
WILTON 9 1--10
Records: Wilton 11-5, 7-4 FCIAC; Staples 11-6, 8-3.
Scoring: S-- Paige Murray (5 goals); Colleen Bannon (2g, 1 assist), Olivia Troy (1g) Jenna McNicholas (1g, 1a); Christine Taylor (1g); W--Eva Greco (3g), Wistreich (1g), Paisley Eagan (1g, 1a), Laine Parsons (3g, 1a), Makenna Pearsall (4g). Goalies: S--Emma Boland (7 saves); W--Olivia Phelan (11 saves).