The Brien McMahon High School boys lacrosse teams surprising 4-0 start had many wondering if they were for real. They may have put that question to rest after Tuesday night's game against Wilton.
In a lightning-paced back-and-forth matchup, McMahon sophomore Drew D'Antonio picked up a misplayed ball by Wilton goalie Sam Somers and scored with 40 seconds left. It capped a career performance for D'Antonio (five goals) and a wild 11-10 victory for the Senators.
"We just had to calm down a bit and move the ball around," D'Antonio said. "The loss to Simsbury was tough, so this was a must-win for us."
Early on it became clear the game would come down to the wire. Neither team held more than a three-goal lead at any point, and the lead changed six times. The fourth quarter featured three lead changes and three ties.
The play of the game came with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 10. Wilton's Connor Melillo fired a bullet at the net, but Senators goalie Luke Aubrey stuck his leg out, making a literal kick save. That set up the final, game-winning possession for McMahon.
"This is a really big win for our program. I thought we did really well against Darien, even though the score didn't show it," Aubrey said. "To beat the No. 2 team in the FCIAC is great. We were confident we had it on their last shot."
That capped the seesaw fourth quarter, which began tied at eight. McMahon's Ryan Scott gave the Senators the lead 55 seconds in. Wilton thought it snatched the momentum back for good when Michael Francia scored his fourth goal of the game. Just 24 seconds later, Mike Greco gave the Warriors a 10-9 lead. Francia had one last shot with 15 seconds, but it bounced wide of the net.
McMahon (6-2) is now back on the winning track after losing two of its last three games. The Senators travel to Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday for a noontime game.
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