Darien boys lacrosse team routs Stamford in regular season finale
DARIEN -- The Darien boys lacrosse team closed out its regular season in style with a lopsided 16-2 victory against visiting Stamford on Tuesday at Darien High School.
"We won our division title, which you always like to do regardless of your record. Saturday we get out there for first round of FCIACs, and it's going to be a battle," Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. "You don't know who you're going to draw, so you've got to be ready for any of them."
Twenty-five seconds into the contest, Stamford's Tamarie Sterling gave his team its first and only lead by snapping a shot past Darien goalie Robbie Juterbock for the early 1-0 advantage.
Darien's Peter Gesualdi tied the game at 1-1 after intercepting a pass and scoring on a long-distance shot into the vacated Stamford net, and Kyle Cornell scored his first of three markers to put the Blue Wave in front for good at 2-1, which was the score at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a far different story, however, as seemingly the entire period was played on Stamford's side of the field. Darien won the quarter 6-0 on goals by Kevin Seiler, Cornell, Brendan Hathaway, John Reed, Jack Kniffen and Cornell again.
"It was a big win for us to get back on the right track after the loss against Greenwich on Friday. We finished all our shots and stuck it around the crease, so that's good," said Reed, who scored a goal and dished out three assists, all in the second quarter. "I was able to beat my guy from behind and get it to the right guy, and they really stuck the shot in front and did a good job finishing today."
On the positive, Darien's Brendan Hathaway, who made his season debut in a 20-0 win over Trinity Catholic on Saturday, scored a goal in his second game back from injury.
"Huffard's got a little tendonitis in his foot, and we're just resting him. He played three games with it, and it's one of those things where we're just giving him time to rest," Brameier said. "Lindley got hit in the Greenwich game, so we've kind of been nursing it. We hope (they'll be back)."
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Darien 16, Stamford 2
STAMFORD 1 0 0 1--2
DARIEN 2 6 5 3--16
Records: Stamford 6-9, 5-6 FCIAC; Darien 10-6, 10-2 FCIAC. Scoring: S--Tamarie Sterling 1g, Carl Dinerstein; D--Peter Gesualdi 1g, Kyle Cornell 3g, 1a, Kevin Seiler 1g, John Reed, 1g, 3a, Brendan Hathaway 1g, Jack Kniffen 2g, 1a, Sean Foley 1a, Drew Martzolf 1g, Harry Gillespie 1g, John Sommi 1g, Goose Bolton 1g, James Lyons 1a, Connor Waldron 1g, 1a, Riley van den Broek 1g. Goalies: S--Devin Camlin (13 saves), Nicholas Smart (2); D--Robbie Juterbock (5). Shots: S--11; D--48.