FOOTBALL

VITALS

COACH — ROB TRIFONE (13th year, 119-24)

CONFERENCE — FCIAC West

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL

2018 RECORD — 9-2, Class LL quarterfinals

2019 OPENER — Darien 42, Ludlowe 0

CAPTAINS

WILL KIRBY, Sr., RB, (6-0, 198)

SAM WILSON, Sr., OLB (5-10, 188)

J.H. SLONIESKI, Sr., OLB (5-10, 176)

WILL BOTHWELL, Sr., DE (6-0, 185)

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH

PETER GRAHAM, Sr., QB, (6-3, 178)

JACKSON PETERS, Sr., CB/WR (6-2, 184)

AUSTIN DEHMEL, Sr., S/WR (6-1, 183)

GRAYDEN OVERBECK, Sr., T (6-1, 252)

LUKE SINI, Sr., G (5-11, 248)

MARK TRIFONE, Sr., C (5-10, 203)

CONNOR O’MALLEY, Jr., C/Slot (5-10, 174)

KEY LOSSES

LB Connor Fay (All-State), QB Cooper Hancock, WR TJ Cornacchia, WR Tyler Herget, WR Peter Bredahl, RB Andrew Lucas, C Bruce Ferguson, WR Will Rolapp

GAMES TO WATCH

Sept. 20 — SOUTHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 — at Trumbull, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 — at Greenwich, 4 p.m.

Nov. 28 — NEW CANAAN, 10 a.m.

FROM THE COACH

“I hate to say it but sometimes you’ve got to lose just to remember what it feels like. Some of our football athletes may have become spoiled by winning and taking those back-to-back losses to New Canaan and Newtown … they weren’t happy. So we could see (the hunger), especially in the weight room and winter workouts.”— head coach Rob Trifone

FIELD HOCKEY

VITALS

COACH — MO MINICUS (20th year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class L

2018 RECORD — 18-2-1-1, FCIAC champs, Class L semis

2019 OPENER — Darien 2, Ridgefield 0

CAPTAINS

MOLLY HELLMAN, Sr. MF

TALA GARCIA, Sr., D

CATIE DUGGAN, Sr., F

IZZY SMITH, Sr., F

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH

SARAH BOGDAN, Jr., F

LINDSEY OLSON, Jr., D

BRINSLEY RUSHE, Jr.. MF

CATHERINE VOGT, Sr., G

MONISHA AKULA, Sr., G

CHARLOTTE DOMITTNER, Sr., D

EVELYN HIDY, Soph., F

MOLLY MCGUCKIN, Soph., F

SAMANTHA LINDELL, Sr., D

MADDIE HULT, Soph., MF

MAISIE STEWART, Jr., D

RAINA JOHNS, Fr., MF

KEY LOSSES

D Katie Elders, MF Bridget Mahoney, F Shea van den Broek, F Daphne Cutler, GK Grace Aronsohn

GAMES TO WATCH

Sept. 18 — at Staples, 4 p.m.

Oct. 15 — at Greenwich,4 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at New Canaan, 4 p.m.

Oct. 24 — at Norwalk, 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 — WILTON, 4 p.m.

FROM THE COACH

“We’ll miss the (captains) trio of Shea, Bridget, and Katie, and all the seniors, but it’ s always fun trying to regroup and watch the talent that rises up. We have athletes who rise to the occasion and give it their all to fill the spots that need to be filled. ” — head coach Mo Minicus

VOLLEYBALL

VITALS

COACH — LAURIE LARUSSO (38th year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL

2018 RECORD — 18-8, FCIAC semis, Class LL runner-up

2019 OPENER — Newtown 3, Darien 2

CAPTAINS

LINDSEY FAY, Sr., OH

ELAINA CUMMISKEY, Sr., OH

SOPHIA TALWALKAR, Sr., DS/Libero

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH

HASSANA ARBUBAKRR, Sr., OH

RACHAEL PERRETT, Sr., S

AERIN BOWMAN, Soph., MH

KEY LOSSES

OH Lindsay Bennett, S Cristina Escajadillo, OPP Gabby Highton

MATCHES TO WATCH

Sept. 13 — at Newtown, 6 p.m.

Sept. 18 — at Trumbull. 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 — GREENWICH, 4 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Westhill, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 — NEW CANAAN, 4 p.m.

FROM THE COACH

“I am looking forward to another great season with these girls. Height and power will continue to be dominating factors of our offense with returning players having improved their skill set and younger players coming in ready to support. These girls have a lot of heart and are willing to give what it takes.” — assistant coach Jeana Tighe Roche

BOYS SOCCER

VITALS

COACH — JON BRADLEY (9th year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL

2018 RECORD — 7-5-5

2019 OPENER — Danbury 3, Darien 0

CAPTAINS

WILL HARMON, Sr., D

CHARLIE SEARS, Sr., MF/D

COLE BRANCA, Sr., D

ELIAS VETTER, Sr., MF

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH

LIAM FLAHERTY, Sr., MF

THOMAS MACLEHOSE, Sr., MF

WILL LEHAN, Soph., GK

TOMMY BRANCA, Fr., GK

KEY LOSSES

F Max Marcin, F Johann Trippitelli, F Connor Olson, MF Siddhant Parwal

GAMES TO WATCH

Oct. 1 — LUDLOWE, 4 p.m.

Oct. 3 — at Ridgefield, 4 p.m.

Oct. 15 — NEW CANAAN, 4 p.m.

Oct. 17 — STAPLES, 4 p.m.

Oct. 19 — NORWALK, 4 p.m.

FROM THE COACH

“This is a fantastic group and they have been working very hard. We are going to keep working, learning and play to our strengths. We will have at least six new starters on the team. I've known some of these boys since they first started in kindergarten and it is a special group. For me personally, I am three wins from 150 and if this is achieved with this group, it will mean a lot to me to share it with them.” — head coach Jon Bradley

GIRLS SOCCER

VITALS

COACH — LEIGH PARSONS (9th year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL

2018 RECORD — 12-7-2, FCIAC semis, Class LL quarters

2019 OPENER — Darien 0, Danbury 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

OLIVIA MANISCALCO, Sr., GK

NELLE KNIFFEN, Jr., D

KATE BELLISSIMO, Jr., F

MAGGIE RAMSAY, Soph., D

CECI STEIN, Soph., F

SHEA DOLCE, Soph., MF

KEY LOSSES

F/MF Ellen Harnisch, F/MF Nathalie Bravo, D Anna Fox, D Eva Finn, MF Lauren Sulger, MF Eilanna Dolan

GAMES TO WATCH

Sept. 17 — TRUMBULL, 4 p.m.

Sept. 21 — at Wilton, 4 p.m.

Oct. 4 — RIDGEFIELD, 4 p.m.

Oct. 16 — at New Canaan, 4 p.m.

Oct. 18 — STAPLES, 4 p.m.

SYNOPSIS

Darien was a giant-killer in 2018, knocking off the FCIAC’s No. 1 seed, Staples, in the quarterfinals, and defeating another No. 1 seed, unbeaten Suffield, in the Class LL second round. Unfortunately for the Wave, they were eliminated from both tournaments in the next round, but a 12-7-2 record was definitely a solid season. Several key players are gone from that team, but the Blue Wave returns a good number of strong veterans and a few rising stars, meaning they’ll again be in the hunt for berths in both playoffs.

GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING

VITALS

SWIM COACH — MARJ TRIFONE (21st year)

DIVING COACH — KYLE O’DONNELL (2nd year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class L

2018 RECORD — 8-2, Class L runner-up

2019 OPENER (Dive) — Sept. 16 vs. Wilton at NC YMCA, 3 p.m.

2019 OPENER (Swim) — Sept. 20 vs. Wilton at Darien YMCA, 3 p.m.

CAPTAINS

GRACE BERRY, Sr.

EMMA HUNTER, Sr., diving

JULIA SERVAS, Sr., diving

HALLE SPATARO, Sr.

LANA SCHMIDT, Sr., diving

EMMA MANSOURIAN, Sr.

OTHER ATHLETES TO WATCH

LEXI PUNISHILL, Sr.

SLOANE LATIMER, Sr.

HOPE MURRAY, Jr.

OLIVIA GOLDEN, Jr.

KENDALL LUECKE, Jr.

KEY LOSSES

Lauren Picard, Cassie Maroney, Kelsey Vrooman, Rachel Stobbie, Jennifer Chen, Caroline Haddad

MEETS TO WATCH

Oct. 16 — WILTON (Diving at New Canaan Y), 3 p.m.

Oct, 20 — WILTON (Swimming at Darien Y), 3 p.m.

Oct. 2 — NEW CANAAN, 3 p.m.

Oct. 17 — at Ridgefield, 4 p.m.

SYNOPSIS

Darien is riding a long “Wave” of success at the state level, having finished as either the champion or runner-up for eight consecutive years. The graduations of several key competitors will hurt, but there’s plenty here to contend once again. Diving captains Emma Hunter and Julia Servas lead a strong contingent on the boards, with swimming captains Grace Berry and Halle Spatoro leading in the pool.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

VITALS

COACH — TYSON KACZMAREK (17th year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class L

2018 RECORD — 7-8

CAPTAINS

CORMAC BROWN, Sr.

AIDAN O’ROURKE, Sr.

MATT GUTTUSO, Sr.

RUNNERS TO WATCH

LUKE RIORDAN, Soph.

EVAN O’ROURKE, Soph.

JACK WALSH, Soph.

KEY LOSSES

Will Bouton, Brett Vrooman, James Ballentine, Spencer Smith, Philip Johnson

MEETS TO WATCH

Sept. 14 — Wilton Invitational at Allen’s Meadow, 9 a.m.

Oct. 1 — vs. New Canaan, Greenwich, Stamford at Greenwich Point, 4 p.m.

Oct. 14 — FCIAC Championship at Waveny

Oct. 26 — Class L Championship at Wickham Park, 2:05 p.m.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

VITALS

COACH — STEVE NORRIS (42nd year)

DIVISION — FCIAC East

PLAYOFF CLASS — Class L

2018 RECORD — 9-6

CAPTAINS

QUINCY BALANOFF, Sr.

LILY JOHNSTON, Sr.

NOELLE KENNEDY, Sr.

BELLA SWAN, Sr.

RUNNERS TO WATCH

MAIREAD CLAS, Soph.

SUZANNA ALLIEGRO, Sr.

BRIANNA LYONS, Sr.

SALLY BOUCHER, Jr.

GEORGIA SHEEHAN, Jr.

CHARLOTTE VAN INGEN, Jr.

CHRISTINA PIZZANI, Jr.

JULIANNE TEITLER, Soph.

LAUREN BLAKE, Soph.

LEIGHTON GAJWANI, Soph.

LILA DEGENARO, Soph.

HOPE JOHNSON, Soph.

CHARLOTTE MOODY, Fr.

KEY LOSSES

Penn Boucher, Sophie Hill, Amalia Madriaga, Marley Garfield

MEETS TO WATCH

Sept. 14 — Wilton Invitational at Allens Meadow, 9 a.m.

Oct. 1 — vs. New Canaan, Greenwich, Stamford at Greenwich Point, 4 p.m.

Oct. 14 — FCIAC Championship at Waveny

Oct. 26 — Class L Championship at Wickham Park, 2:05 p.m.