Updated 9:06pm — Senior Kevin Lindley will leave more than his old double-digit number behind him, when he hangs up his Wave jersey for good at the end of next week. He’ll leave a new triple-digit number stamped to the Darien record books too.
Darien beat Conard 20-1 in the first round of the Class L playoffs at home on Wednesday, but in so doing, Lindley passed a former Wave great.
It’s true that if I did not have good feeders around me this would not of happened.
— Kevin Lindley
“Darien was led by a record-breaking performance from Kevin Lindley who added to his single season goals scored record, and laid claim to the all-time career goal-scored total as he posted six goals and two assists,” said Darien coach Jeff Brameier. “With his third goal of the game he bested former All-American, former Duke star Case Matheis’s record of 196 goals and now stands alone with a total of 202 career goals (89 in 2017) bringing his season scoring totals to 114 points.”
“I’m an off-ball lacrosse player,” Lindley said. “And 80 percent of my goals are assisted, probably even more, so it’s true that if I did not have good feeders around me this would not of happened.”
Darien also got multi-point games from seven other scorers.
Logan McGovern had a hat trick and one assist, Riley Stewart was 2-2, Matt Meyjes 1-2, Hudson Pokorny 2-1, Finlay Collins 1-1, Brian Minicus 1-1 and Peter Hartigan 1-1.
“With his 3-1 scoring totals Logan McGovern also has eclipsed the 100 point total for 2017,” said Brameier. “Making him and Kevin a pretty awesome tandem.”
The starting defense played shutdown.
“A stellar game holding Conard to no goals through the first 3 1/2 quarters,” Brameier added, “led by AA goalie Ryan Cornell, defensemen Arden Cohen, Quinn Fay, Jake Bieler, Nick Percarpio, Matt Gould, and ssdm Jack Joyce, Blake Sommi and Andrew Darby.”
Tanner Strub, Matt Freeman and Jack Beatty had a dominant day at the face-off X going a combined 20/25.
Lindley looks back
“To be honest this was higher than (a) dream and I think I’m in shock,” Lindley said. “I have been a part of the Darien lacrosse program since I was born, watching the girls’ and boys’ teams my whole childhood and I just remember when I was young watching all these insanely good lacrosse players in games and in practice when I went to my mom’s practices.
“I remember Cooper MacDonnell, and I remember how I used to be in awe of him the way he played, and then obviously Case too.
“I was just totally fixated on him, because he made it seem so easy and it was pure domination from him.
“So being the top goal scorer means a lot to me and I’m kind of in shock.
“I’ve also played with great lacrosse players that legit got me this record, like Colin Minicus (who is legit just insane of a lacrosse player), Jack Kniffin, Hudson Hamill from last year, and Logan, Riley, Brian and Fin this year.”
Top seed Darien improves to 17-0.
Darien plays host to eight seed Greenwich (13-4) 3pm Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Darien 6-6-6-2 = 20
Conard 0-0-0-1 = 1
Kevin Lindley 6-2
Logan McGovern 3-1
Riley Stewart 2-2
Hudson Pokorny 2-1
Matt Meyjes 1-2
Finlay Collins 1-1
Brian Minicus 1-1
Peter Hartigan 1-1
Charlie Walsh 1-0
Tommy Hellman 1-0
Henri Pfeifle 1-0
Jack Joyce 0-1
John Gibbons 1-0
Ryan Cornell 5
Sean Collins 2
Will Culliton 1
Patrick Yowan 1
Shea Henderson 15