A quick look through the history of Darien boy’s lacrosse will turn up plenty of exceptional players. Collegiate national champions, All-Americans, and team captains at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation are part of the program’s rich history. And yet, in that history, a recent Darien High graduate has truly distinguished himself among the rest. Not with incredible on-the-field numbers or awards, but with something that, on the surface, may actually seem trivial. Ian Burgoyne was chosen by his teammates at the Naval Academy to wear number 40 this year.
There are other programs where jersey numbers have belonged to special players. The number 1 at Maryland is held in extremely high regard. The number 22 at Syracuse has been worn by some of the best players to ever play lacrosse. But number 40 at Navy is different. It transcends lacrosse, athletics, and sport to mean something more.