Darien dominates New Canaan to remain perfect on season
DARIEN -- By scoring 10 unanswered goals, Darien easily dispatched of crosstown rival New Canaan by a 13-3 margin to remain perfect six games into the season.
"There have been a lot of close games at half: Wilton, Torrey Pines, this game," West said. "I just think we really wanted it and we knew what it was going to take. We played well on ground balls and kept up the intensity, and that helps put good teams away."
Darien required just 41 seconds taking a 1-0 lead when West charged in and scored an unassisted goal past New Canaan goalie Tom Carey.
After narrowly missing out on two opportunities to tie the game when a pair of shots bounced off the post, New Canaan finally managed to get the equalizer with 3:13 remaining in the opening period on an unassisted goal by John Brainard, and the first quarter ended with the teams still deadlocked at 1-1.
In the second period, both teams continued to play sound defense, but it was Darien which would take the lead for good on West's second goal with 8:45 remaining in the quarter. A minute and a half later, West made it 3-1 with his third tally.
"I wouldn't say we put them away early but we jumped on them early in the third quarter, just like the Torrey Pines game," West said "The third one came out of my stick just right."
With two tenths of a second remaining in the half, Darien padded its lead when Tim Murphy found Bobby Weaver for a goal to make it 4-1.
"Our inability to manage the ball on offense and our turnovers continuously hurt us. If you make mistakes, Darien makes you pay for it. They've done it for years," New Canaan coach Alex Whitten said.
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The third period was all Darien, which began to assert itself by dominating time of possession in the third. Even when New Canaan was able to gain possession in Darien territory, the Blue Wave defense rarely permitted a shot on net. In the quarter, Darien got a pair of goals by Case Matheis and one from Murphy to run its lead to 7-1.
Matheis scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to extend the Blue Wave lead to 10-1, and Brendan Hathaway scored to make it 11-1 before New Canaan's Peter Richardson scored to snap Darien's lengthy run of 10 straight goals and make the score 11-2.
"That's when you feel good; they all felt like they were involved. Because of the heat, we didn't want to gas our guys," Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. "So we played some of our second line offensive guys early and I think it helped in the third quarter. Our first line was fresh."
Darien increased its lead to 13-2 on goals by Sean Foley and John Reed. New Canaan's Carter Rae closed out the scoring after taking in a pass from Tony Britton with 27 seconds remaining, resulting in the final score of 13-3.
Carey made 15 saves and Darien's Phil Huffard made six. Darien backup goalie Hunt Bartram made four in late-game action.