There is no way around it the Wilton High School girls lacrosse team has Darien's number. The Warriors broke Darien in multiple overtimes in their previous two meetings. But in Friday's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game, Wilton dominated.
Darien double-teamed Wilton's star attacker, Casey Pearsall, every chance it could. The Warriors sophomore could not be contained and still burned Darien for four goals. Taylor Hardison and Emily Stein combined for seven Darien goals, but Wilton's dominant second half sunk the Blue Wave, 15-12.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, it appeared another thriller was in the works with the teams trading goals. Hardison tied the game, 5-5, with 5:34 remaining in the first half. That's when Wilton took control, slowing the game and controlling possession.
Wilton went into halftime with a 7-5 lead and kept the drama low after the blood pressure-raising games of the past. Even when Darien tied the game at seven two minutes into the second half, Wilton still looked in control.
Wilton's core trio of Pearsall, Tegan Helms and Megan Boepple were unleashed as the Warriors outscored Darien, 7-1, in a 10-minute span. Hardison and Stein made the game interesting in the final two minutes, cutting Wilton's lead to three, but it was not enough.
Darien has a tough road ahead in the Class M state tournament , entering as the No. 13 seed. The Blue Wave will travel to fourth-ranked Joel Barlow for their first round game Thursday, June 2.
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