Defense strong for Greenwich in win vs. Wilton

Greenwich defensive middie Kelley Jay takes a hit during Saturday's game vs. Wilton. Keelin Daly photo

The Greenwich High School boys lacrosse team got defensive Saturday against Wilton.

Keeping the host Warriors at bay for a good portion of Saturday’s FCIAC game, the Cardinals evened their record at 1-1 with an impressive 11-7 triumph. The Cardinals showed they were going to be strong defensively from the start. The Warriors took possession following the opening faceoff and had the ball for nearly three minutes. But Greenwich held them off the scoreboard.

After the score was tied at 3-3, the Cards tallied five unanswered goals during a 20-minute stretch. Meanwhile, Wilton didn’t get too many open looks thanks to Greenwich’s solid defensive play. When the Warriors did unleash shots in the flow of their offense, GHS senior goalie William Waesche turned them away.

“Sometimes when you are in the moment you come up big,” Waesche said. “I’m happy I was able to help the team today. It was a good day for us all around.”

Jack Harrington, Nick Schepis, Griffin Tiedy, Shawn Dunster and Kelley Jay helped lead the Cardinals’ defensive effort, making the Warriors work hard for their shots.

“I tip my cap to assistant coach Paul Jepson, who spent the last two days working with the defense,” GHS coach Scott Bulkley said. “Our guys did great with their slides and our man-down defense was very good.”

When Waesche had to come out of goal for a minute after being penalized, Tommy Rogan entered the game and made a key save toward the end of the third quarter.

Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Alex Moeser (4 goals), Decker Curran (3 goals) and Kyle Foote (2 goals). Mike Ellsworth and Sam Saleeby also tallied for Greenwich, which will host a tough Staples team on Tuesday.

Dave Fierro