However, an opening night 3-1 loss to Woburn was an early wake-up call.
“It was a slap in the face, we kind of needed it,” said coach Steve Scanlon , in his 23d sason behind the bench.
That “slap” was all the Wildcats needed: They ripped off eight straight wins before suffering a 4-3 loss to Malden Catholic on Monday night. In the unbeaten streak, Wilmington outscored opponents, 36-6, recording four shutouts.
That type of play is the norm though, as “expectations were high” entering the season. Scanlon has an experienced group with “a lot of good players.”
That starts in goal with junior Drew Foley , along with senior captain Cam Owens, a second-team all-state selection last season who entered mid-week six points shy of the school scoring record. And Dylan DiNatale scored a hat trick Monday against Malden Catholic.
Scanlon believes it is his team’s balance, depth, and speed that will allow Wilmington to “push the pace.”
“We’re looking to try to win the Middlesex League [Freedom] division and want to be battle-tested. So far, so good,” he said.
Pat Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.