Darien boys lacrosse defeats New Canaan
DARIEN — Darien’s Mark Evanchick knew he and the rest of the Blue Wave’s defense would be put to the test against New Canaan’s middie-heavy attack.
Not surprisingly for Darien, Evanchick lived up to his reputation as one of the nation’s best defenders, holding New Canaan’s Ryan O’Connell to just one goal and leading the Blue Wave to a 10-7 win in front of a capacity crowd at Darien High School.
“I think their biggest threat is their midfield because we knew they had two all-world middies and we knew if we wanted to slow them down it would start with their midfield,” Evanchick said. “We made the decision to bump up myself and put Rock Stewart on Kyle Smith and I think we had a pretty good day overall.”
Evanchick, the reigning Hearst Connecticut Media Boys Lacrosse MVP, tempered his enthusiasm a bit, knowing the two teams could meet again in the FCIAC championship game.
“It always feels good to beat New Canaan,” Evanchick said. “It’s nice today but we know we will see these guys again and if we want to beat them again we will have to be even better than we were today.”
The teams entered the game with Darien ranked No. 5 and New Canaan No. 6 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national poll.
The Blue Wave never trailed and New Canaan was never able to get the game tied after 0-0, pulling within one goal on several occasions.
Darien lead 1-0 after a quarter and by two goals at the end of the second and third quarters.
New Canaan coach Chip Buzzeo said his team committed too many mistakes to think they could beat a team the caliber of Darien.
“They rode us really well and hats off to them for forcing those mistakes,” Buzzeo said. “You can’t give Darien extra possessions especially when we are winning the face offs. We should have dominated that game and we didn’t. Darien played great and we didn’t.”
New Canaan got four goals from Clayton Burt, two from Graham Braden and one from O’Connell.
Darien coach Jeff Brameier was equally pleased with his team’s defensive effort and by the fact that Darien became the first team to hang double-digits on the Rams this season.
“I thought we could have done a little more on offense but to put up double digits on New Canaan, I’ll take that,” Brameier said. “We have pretty good long poles and Mark Evanchick and Rock Stewart are two top kids and they were on their top two midfielders and made them uncomfortable. Mark asked to take O’Connell second half and he shut him down. He is the best defensive player in the tri-state area if not the in the country going up against a very good middie.”
DARIEN 10, NEW CANAAN 7
NEW CANAAN 0 3 2 2 — 7
DARIEN 1 4 2 3 — 10
Records: D — 8-0, 5-0 FCIAC; NC — 8-1, 4-1 FCIAC
Goalies: D — Ryan Cornell 7 saves; NC — Drew Morris 7 saves