Darien beats Wilton, 14-10, for Class L lacrosse title

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STRATFORD -- In the preseason there was talk of this being a rebuilding year for the Darien girls lacrosse team as the team said goodbye to several All-American players.

Whatever rebuilding needed to be done finished ahead of schedule with No. 3 Darien defeating No. 9 Wilton 14-10, claiming the Class L girls lacrosse championship at Bunnell High School Saturday morning.

It is the third straight Class L title for the Blue Wave who have not lost to an in-state opponent since the state quarterfinals in 2012. It is Darien's seventh state title overall.

It was not easy for the Blue Wave as Wilton led 4-1 early on but a five-goal outburst midway through the first half and four straight after having a goal disallowed because of an illegal stick in the second half helped lift the Wave to yet another title.

"It feels so amazing," Darien senior Anna Moorhead said. "Not going to lie, it felt a little nerve wracking going down early in the game but all we when we get into a hole we dig deep and we get out of it and I just couldn't be happier. We are a team that never gives up. We put in the work since day one and it showed up today on the field."

Moorhead finished with four goals as did sophomore Gabby Noto. Chandler Kirby and Susannah Ropp had two goals and Emma Lesko and Katherine Cronin added on apiece for the Blue Wave.

For Wilton, Rebecca Wistreich, Laine Parsons and Sara Dickinson each scored twice with Makenna Pearsall, Cecily Freliech, Lilla Seymour and Eva Greco each tallying once.

Wilton scored three times out of free position and once with a man advantage to take its 4-1 advantage.

"Darien is always going to come back no matter what. You can't get up enough on them which is part of the problem," Wilton coach Meredith Adamicki said. "We didn't really let up defensively, they just started converting more of their shots."

Darien began controlling the ball from that point on, scoring five straight and six of the next seven goals.

During that run, Darien goalie Samantha Nielsen made two saves on point-blank shots, keeping her team on a roll.

With the score 7-5 in the second half, Darien appeared to go up 8-5 but the goal was disallowed because of an illegal pocket on the stick of a Darien player.

Wilton scored on the next possession getting the lead down to 7-6 but the stick check obviously fired up the Darien players, who scored four straight times, making it 11-6 with 10:46 to play.

"They definitely were mad," Darien coach Lisa Lindley said. "It was a good call by Wilton, I probably would have called the same. I think they were upset about it and got fired up by it."

Wilton got within 11-8 but no closer as the teams traded goals down the stretch.

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Darien 14, Wilton 10

DARIEN 6 8--14

WILTON5 5--10

Records: D--17-3; W -- 13-6

Scoring: D--Anna Moorhead 4g; Gabby Noto 4g; Chandler Kirby 2g, 1a; Susannah Ropp 2g; Emma Lesko 1g; Katherine Cronin 1g, 1a; Kate Ramsay 1a. W - Rebecca Wistreich 2g, Laine Parsons 2g; Sara Dickinson 2g; Makenna Pearsall 1g; Cecily Freliech 1g; Lilla Seymour 1g; Eva Greco 1g

Goalies: D-- Samantha Nielsen 5 saves; W--Olivia Phelan 6