Wilton scored the first goal of Thursday’s lacrosse game against Brunswick School, then rallied to tie the score early in the second quarter, after the Bruins took a three-goal advantage. Yet as the Warriors witnessed, once the Bruins get going offensively, they’re certainly tough to slow down.
Building momentum as Thursday’s rainfall intensified, the Bruins used a second-quarter surge to seize a five-goal halftime lead and when the second half commenced, it was apparent they were headed toward another victory.
Luke Waters recorded a hat trick, while Coulter Mackesy, Tomas Delgado and Blake Borges each tallied twice in Brunswick’s 15-7 win against Wilton at rainy Robert L. Cosby Field. Ranked third in the nation, the Bruins upped their record to 6-0 with the triumph. They earned an 11-8 road victory against Lawrenceville School on Wednesday.
“In the rain, it’s always tough to get started,” said Bruins senior faceoff specialist Blake Burchill, who once again, enabled the team to consistently gain possession. “We came off a nice win yesterday (Wednesday) and today, we started to get into a groove. As the season goes on, we are becoming closer as a team and we’re bonding really well and that really pays off on the field.”
Wilton (1-1) took a 1-0 lead just nine seconds into the first half. Senior Jack Rosen darted down the field with the ball following the opening faceoff and converted a shot from close in, making it 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Leo Hoffman knotted the score at 1-1 early in the opening quarter, then after junior Will Donovan caused a Warriors turnover, Mackesy tallied from approximately 10 yards out, putting the home team on top, 2-1.
Tomas Delgado, a sophomore, caught a pass from behind the net and snapped a shot past Wilton goalie Colin Lenskold, making it 3-1 just past the midway point of the first quarter. After Brunswick junior defender Charlie Johnson helped thwart a Wilton offensive possession, Mackesy notched his second goal, putting the Bruins ahead, 4-1, late in the opening quarter.
The Warriors staged a comeback though. Getting goals from Rosen, Grant Masterson and Josh White, the visitors knotted the score at 4-4 early in the second quarter.
“I thought we made a bunch of mistakes in the first quarter and a good team takes advantage of it and Wilton is an athletic and strong team and they scored on the opportunities we gave them,” Brunswick coach David Bruce said. “We were lucky to have an advantage after the first quarter.”
The momentum shifted to Brunswick’s advantage midway through the second quarter. Tomas Delgado went top shelf with a perimeter shot, Borges tallied off a dodge-and-shoot, midfielder Waters scored bounced a shot home and midfielder Myles Spiess converted a shot, giving the Bruins an 8-4 lead and prompting a Wilton timeout. Waters tallied again with five seconds remaining in the second quarter, putting Wilton in a five-goal halftime hole.
“Obviously it’s slippery out here, the shots were a little off, but we started putting it on cage and it started working out,” said Burchill, who has been impressive on faceoffs, along with Andrew Greenspan.
“The new rules on faceoffs, it’s a learning process for me,” Burchill said. “Me and Andrew Greenspan, we’re doing our best to learn the new moves. I think we got dialed in, then we started getting possessions and scoring goals.”
Waters, Owen Guest, Jackson Wolfram, Borges, Hudson Hausmann and Tommy Quinson each added a goal apiece in the second half for the victor. Luke Schlank played the majority of the game in goal for the Bruins, making several impressive saves.
“We are an athletic team and we started figuring out ways to get shots and once we got the lead I felt we gained some confidence,” Bruce said. “We took advantage of our opportunities and gained momentum.”
Added Guest: “The key to our team succeeding offensively was good ball movement. We swung it around the field, took quality shots and didn’t force anything. Our depth helped us today.”