GIRLS WAVE HOCKEY
So, since when is having a team riddled with ninth graders and underclassmen considered a good thing in high school varsity sports?
Oh, about since a bunch of yesterdays with Girls Wave Hockey; however many yesterdays it’s been since the start of this so far undefeated season.
Usually it’s an excuse for failure, not having enough seniors on a team to ably compete against teams with, lots of seniors, on theirs.
And usually that’s an excuse that shines up pretty well as a reason too.
Except, these girls seem an exception to that rule. They’ve smashed it, like so many mashed crystals left beneath their chopping blades.
Most recently chopped up, Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde — not a bad squad in the least, and with plenty of strong skaters — 7-0 at Wonderland in Bridgeport on Thursday.
Freshman Schuyler van den Broek scored two in the first period, with assists from freshman Georgia Cassidy and 10th grader Julia Arrix.
Sophomore Allegra Molkenthin scored unassisted in the first as well.
Sophomore Christy Conley made it 4-0 set up by Cassidy in the second.
And Cassidy — more on her in a bit — put the Wave ahead 5-0, from freshman Marisa Baker, in the third period.
Van den Broek had the hat trick for 6-0, assist going to Conley, and junior Ellie Bennett closed it out from Molkenthin.
The goaltending was evenly split with Shannon Hall, a junior, starting and seeing no shots.
Sophomore Izzy Scribano went in halfway through the second period and made two saves for the shared shutout.
Darien put 51 shots on goal.
There will be much bigger fish to fry on ice, and Darien’s already hung out to dry (ice), or hung with, some lethal opposition this season.
Like Fairfield goalie Stephanie Gabriel, who did well to keep Darien out of double digits, making a ton of stops on tough shots.
The Wave improves to 5-0-1 overall, 3-0 FCIAC.
The Great Two
Darien is led in scoring by Cassidy (9-7 16) — looking very much the Wave’s future answer, to Wave-killer of four-years, New Canaan senior Olivia Hompe — with 16 points in six games.
Cassidy plays heads-up, pedal down flat, often looking like the ice is her own rolled out and rolling white velvet carpet that leads straight to the net.
And she cuts a figure echoing, a little bit of, a Gretzky-style in posture and play.
Before she’s done, Cassidy could well fulfill the promise of becoming Darien’s own great one, that’s how it looks right now.
Donning the deuce on her back, as she does, the shifty little center’s already shaping up as “The Great Two.”
Bennett and sophomore Sammy Nielsen, both large and powerful, are a needed compliment to the slighter, fleet underclassmen. Like a pair of swooping lady-hawks the former pair make the way a little easier for the darting flyers that mostly make up the underclass.
Stabilizing the whole youthful shebang, lone senior captain defenseman Lily Christensen, a starter since she herself was a freshman.
But new coach Jamie Tropsa’s got no hogs, for all the new influx of individual skills. The team is marked by an always-with-them blueprint to where they need to be; and where they need to put the puck, with an open man (girl) always busting for daylight, stick begging for the pass.