Darien field hockey blanks New Canaan, will play for fifth straight FCIAC crown Thursday

The Darien field hockey team celebrates a goal during its 4-1 win over Wilton in Darien on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.

The Darien field hockey team celebrates a goal during its 4-1 win over Wilton in Darien on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.

Dave Stewart

For the 11th time since 2007, the Darien field hockey team is headed to the FCIAC championship game.

The Wave overcame a challenge from New Canaan and won 2-0 in the semifinals Tuesday night at Jack Casagrande Field in Norwalk.

All the scoring came in the fourth quarter, with Darien’s Ryan Hapgood and Blake Wilks netting goals 2:08 apart. Raina Johns assisted on both goals.

It was the 15th shutout of the season for the Blue Wave, which has outshot its opponents 105-4. Only three teams have scored on Darien, with those coming in a 6-2 win over Guilford, a 4-1 win over Wilton, and a 2-1 win over Greenwich.

New Canaan had a strong game from goalie Ellie Rosen, who collected eight saves before the Wave managed to break through.

The first goal came when Johns; long pass into the circle was redirected by Hapgood with 10:55 remaining. Wilks then scored the second goal with 8:47 to play.

Top-seeded Darien will face No. 3 Staples in the final at 7, Thursday, at Brien McMahon. Stapes defeated Wilton 2-0 in the second semifinal.

The Wave blanked Staples 3-0 in their regular-season meeting on Sept. 27 in Westport.

Darien defeated New Canaan 1-0 in double overtime in last year’s final, and has owned at least a share of the league crown for four straight seasons.

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports

No. 1 DARIEN 2, No. 4 NEW CANAAN 0

New Canaan 0 0 0 0 - 0

Darien 0 0 0 2 - 2

Darien: Raina Johns 2a; Ryan Hapgood 1g; Blake Wilks 1g.

Goalies: NC - Ellie Rosen 8 saves; D - Lindsay Darby 2 saves.

Records: New Canaan 14-4-0-0; Darien 18-0-0-0