2011 Wilton dominates New Canaan to win Class M State Championship

2011 Wilton dominates New Canaan to win Class M State Championship

2011 Wilton dominates New Canaan to win Class M State Championship



NORWALK -- Playing what many members of the Wilton boys lacrosse team referred to as their "best lacrosse of the year" resulted in the best feeling of the season.

Wilton easily claimed the Class M State Championship over New Canaan, rolling to a 12-2 win at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk on Saturday afternoon. The championship is Wilton's first since winning he Division I crown in 2004 over none other than New Canaan. The championship is Wilton's fifth in the CIAC era.

Throughout the game, fifth-seeded Wilton (15-5) appeared to be a step or two ahead of New Canaan, winning nearly every faceoff and every battle for a ground ball.

"As a team we really came together and we knew everything we've worked for since the fall was all going to come down to those last few games," Wilton's Michael Serpa said. "To beat Darien and New Canaan, there's nothing better."

Wilton goalie Samuel Somers, who held perennial six-time defending champion Darien to three goals in the semifinals by coming up with 17 saves, was equally dominant against No. 7 New Canaan (13-7), allowing only two goals while making 16 saves.

"Sam Somers is special. I'm fortunate and the whole coaching staff is fortunate to have him," Wilton coach John Wiseman said. "He's been great all year, and I've always said he's the best goalie in the state. I'm biased, but I think you had the best two goalies in Jimmy Joe Granito and Sam."

Wilton's Connor Melillo started the scoring 1:27 into the opening quarter, beating Granito with a high shot from short distance. Wilton extended its lead to 2-0 less than 30 seconds later on a goal by Patrick Holland.

New Canaan answered to cut Wilton's lead in half when Michael Bossidy scored from short distance to make the score 2-1. Wilton's Matthew Dunn scored with 22 seconds remaining in the first to make the score 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

From that point on, it was all Wilton as the Warriors ripped off a 10-0 run. Wilton's multi-goal scorers included Serpa with four and Melillo and Christopher Nugent with two apiece.

New Canaan's only other goal came in the fourth quarter when Peter Kraus scored on a wraparound try to close out the scoring at 12-2.

"I think Wilton's performance against Darien and against us today was awesome," New Canaan coach Alex Whitten said. "I think they played at a different speed."

Wilton senior Michael Francia closed out his career as his school's all-time leading scorer with 329 points. He bested the previous mark of 318 set by Peter McMahon during the Warriors' 13-1 quarterfinal win over Guilford.

"It kind of hasn't sunk in yet, but it will and we'll realized that we've done," Francia said. "But I feel good passing the torch in this kind of fashion."

It was the third time Wilton and New Canaan matched up this season, with the Rams claiming a 10-8 regular season win on May 3 and the Warriors picking up a 12-5 FCIAC quarterfinals win on May 21.

Although New Canaan fell painfully short of a State Championship, Whitten still took some consolation in the accomplishments of his relatively young team.

"Overall, this was a fantastic year for us. We were a young team and had a lot of growing pains over the course of the season," Whitten said. "To get to this point in the year with a young group of guys -- it was just a tremendous privilege to work with this young group of men."

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    by (#283039) on 6/13/11 @12:35AM
holy shit wiltons goalie is ridiculous
 
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    by (#240428) on 6/14/11 @4:31PM
he actually had 22 saves and he is going to west point(Army)
 
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    by (#240428) on 6/14/11 @4:39PM
my bad, he had 22 against darien
 
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    by (#283545) on 6/13/11 @10:17AM
How did wilton beat darien?!
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/13/11 @2:47PM
Darien was missing:
Case Matheis (best player in the state and one of the best in the country), Richard Gregory (leading goal scorer), and their FOGO. Also, Henry West (Cornell) had just returned from the lineup and was not 100%.

On top of this, Wilton is a great team that played their best during the state playoffs. Their goalie had close to 20 saves against Darien.
 
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    by (#287928) on 6/14/11 @4:11PM
clearly your from Darien, and your makeing an excuse for them even without Case and Gregory their team is stacked with D1 players, they got outplayed.....deal with it
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/14/11 @4:47PM
I said that on top of it Wilton is a great team that is playing really well. Having said that, excuse or not, missing your two leading scorers makes a huge difference that you just can't ignore. I think that if those two guys played, it would have been a much better game. Wilton still might have won, but I think with Matheis and Gregory I like Darien's chances since they already beat Wilton twice.
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/14/11 @4:50PM
And what if Wilton was missing Francia and their second best offensive player, and their fogo? You sure they would be so good? (even if you say yes to that you know you are kidding yourself)
 
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    by (#287928) on 6/15/11 @8:45PM
i understand where your coming from, and no wilton wouldn't be the same but Darien has had a rock solid defense all year and they have other scoring threats
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/16/11 @12:30AM
If you took away Francia and Serpa, and had Dunn playing on a bum ankle, I'm sure Wilton would still have other scoring threats like Melillo. But without the other guys to draw attention away, the defense is going to collapse on them, and they are going to have a tougher time getting the goals. I don't want to take anything away from Wilton because they are a great team who still could have pulled the upset if Matheis and the other guys played. I'm just making a point in general that losing one guy draws more attention to the #2 guy, which hurts his production, etc...and bad offense can create bad defense the same way.
 
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    by (#240428) on 6/14/11 @4:31PM
francia is the best in ct and you know it
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/14/11 @4:48PM
They are about equal, but Matheis has outscored Francia every time they played. He also won CT player of the year.
 
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    by (#283545) on 6/14/11 @10:53PM
Case=swag
 
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    by (#286536) on 6/13/11 @11:38AM
I dont think anybody anticipated the game going this way. After seeing the box score it was great to have the highlights. Thanks lax.com!!
 
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    by (#245815) on 6/15/11 @6:41PM
gregory was injured in the game and hadn't made an impact up until then. fogo or not its still darien. Not being able to play without matheis should worry them. and Lastly they should be able to find a better goalie. Wilton's goalie is easily the best in the fciac
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/15/11 @8:23PM
You are correct, Sam Somers is awesome. However, although he maybe should have gotten those two outside shots, the Darien goalie had no chance on most of them. I would note as well that Darien's last three goalies before this year where hands down the best in the state their senior years, so eventually you are going to have a goalie who isn't an All-American.
Also, Gregory had already had come close to scoring a couple of times in his (limited) action on the field. He hit the post on the play that he hurt his head (it was at around that time in the game vs. Wilton in the FCIACs when Gregory took over and scored two or three goals in about a 5 minute span to give Darien a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game).
 
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    by (#245815) on 6/15/11 @10:42PM
true but the fact that without matheis they fell apart should be a little disconcerting. And not taking anything away from darien's goalies but i feel that they are always a bit over rated.
 
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    by (#243696) on 6/16/11 @12:20AM
There are a lot of factors that led to Darien's collapse, and Matheis is only part of that (another part of that being that they flat out had a bad game, and Wilton played extremely well). My point is that if the same thing happened to Wilton, they would also have problems. Imagine Wilton's offense without their top two offensive players (Francia is obviously the best, Serpa probably second), their fogo, and have their best remaining offensive player slowed by a fractured ankle. You think Darien's defense is going to have any problems with that offense? You could be the deepest team in the world, but there are some guys who are just irreplaceable (Haverford has a dozen D1 commits on offense, and they would have lost their final game to Malvern Prep if Carl Walrath didn't play; like Matheis, he's the kind of go-to-guy who can score two goals in the final minute of a game to get the victory.)
 
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    by (#286428) on 6/17/11 @12:18AM
right... considering they are all at D1 schools and having great careers.
 
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