The Manhasset Indians broke open a close game in the second half and handed the Darien boys lacrosse team its first loss of the season, 10-5, Saturday at Manhasset High School.
Manhasset sophomore Aidan Mulholland had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Indians to the victory, which ended a five-game winning streak in the series for Darien. The Blue Wave lost to Manhasset 10-9 in 2013, but had won the last five seasons, including last year’s 7-6 nailbiter at Darien High School.
Hudson Pokorny and Jackson Peters led the Blue Wave (4-1) with two goals apiece, and Pokorny also added an assist to the mix. Michael Minicus also scored, and Colin Ruppenstein and Bruce Ferguson had assists.
For Manhasset (6-1), Joe Terenzi had two goals and one assist, Rory Connor scored twice, and Louis Perfetto, Peter LaPina, and Chris Quinn each scored a goal.
Darien had a 2-0 lead when Pokorny and Peters scored back-to-back goals, but Mulholland scored with 4:32 and 48.1 remaining in the first quarter.
The Blue Wave regained the lead on Pokorny’s second goal, off a feed from Ferguson, at the 6:27 mark of the second quarter, but Manhasset tied the game with a goal in the final minute of the half. LaPina tallied with 47.6 on the clock for a 3-3 score at halftime.
The third quarter was scoreless for more than seven minutes, but Terenzi put the Indians ahead for good when he scored with 4:17 remaining in the frame. Connor scored just over a minute later and Terenzi added another goal with 2.3 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 6-3.
Peters closed the gap with his second goal 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Indians reeled off third straight to seal the win.
Darien will return to action on Tuesday when they take on the Warde Mustangs in Fairfield at 4:30 p.m.
Manhasset, NY 10, Darien 5
Darien 2 1 0 2 – 5
Manhasset 2 1 3 4 – 10
Darien: Hudson Pokorny 2g, 1a; Jackson Peters 2g; Michael Minicus 1g; Colin Ruppenstein 1a; Bruce Ferguson 1a
Manhasset: Aidan Mulholland 3g, 1a; Joe Terenzi 2g, 1a; Rory Connor 2g; Louis Perfetto 1g, 1a; Peter LaPina 1g; Chris Quinn 1g