Darien girls shine at Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Weekend

Seven Darien players made a fantastic showing while starring for the CONNY girls lacrosse highlight team at the 2019 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Weekend, held June 27-30 in Baltimore.

The CONNY roster featured six Darien High School players, including rising seniors Ashley Humphrey, Sarah Jaques, Maddie Joyce and Catie Duggan, along with rising juniors Nelle Kniffin and Kate Bellissimo, and Eliza Bowman, a rising senior at Greenwich Academy.

CONNY bounced back from two losses on the first day to go 4-3 overall, finishing as the tournament runner-up. Two of those losses came to tournament champ Baltimore, which beat the locals 17-7 in the opener and 14-13 in the title game.

On day one, CONNY fell to Baltimore and New Jersey 15-11, but came back with two wins on day two, beating Washington, D.C., 13-12, and Northwest 18-4.

In bracket play, CONNY topped Philadelphia 13-10 and Long Island 13-8 to reach the final.

Darien girls were dominating at the tournament, earning the top three spots in goals scored.

Humphrey led the tournament in goals (20), assists (16), and points (36). She had eight or more points in all three bracket games, collecting four goals and four assists against Philly and Long Island, and five goals and four assists in the final.

Jaques was second in goals scored with 19, and third in assists with 10. She had nine goals and four assists in bracket play, including four goals and one assist in the semis, and a hat trick and one assist in the final.

Bowman was third in goals scored with 13 and also had a pair of assists. She scored nine of her goals in the three bracket games.

Joyce had three goals and five assists during the tournament, while Bellissimo, a defender, scored once.

Darien players were at their peak in the bracket games, combining to score 33 of the team’s 39 goals, while dishing out 18 assists, in the three games.

In the final, Baltimore led 14-8 before CONNY scored five straight to make it a one-goal game. CONNY couldn’t get the equalizer however, as Baltimore took the title.

Both Humphrey and Jaques were named to the All-Tournament team for their performances.