Darien girls lacrosse team downs FCIAC rival Greenwich
GREENWICH — Darien already scored three unanswered goals just 2 minutes and 38 seconds into Tuesday’s girls lacrosse showdown against Greenwich and at the five-minute mark, the Cardinals were in a daunting five-goal hole.
Excelling at both ends of the field throughout, the Blue Wave indeed, brought their A-game to chilly Cardinal Stadium and in doing so, they exited the anticipated matchup with yet another win.
Four-time defending FCIAC champion Darien is on pace to produce another memorable season. Senior midfielder Chandler Kirby scored a game-high four goals, while Susie Ropp (senior attack) and Kaeleigh Morrill (senior attack) each recorded hat tricks in the Blue Wave’s 16-6 triumph over the Cardinals.
With the victory, Darien improved to 10-1-1 overall and 7-0 in FCIAC play.
“I thought we executed well today,” said Darien coach Lisa Lindley, who has also guided her squad to the CIAC Class L title the past three seasons. “I was a little concerned coming off a big game last week (a 10-10 tie against Manhasset). We played well that game, but we haven’t been practicing well. So I was a little concerned that we may come out flat today, but we didn’t.”
They certainly didn’t. Sophomore midfielder Emma Jacques won the opening draw and promptly scored the game’s first goal 50 seconds in. Morrill scored off a pass from junior attack Anna Stein at the 23:41 mark, then after Jacques won another draw, Stein tallied in transition, making it 3-0 with 23:22 remaining in the first half.
“We had a quick start and we moved the ball very well and finished our shots,” Lindley said. “Because we capitalized on our opportunities early, I think that gave us the momentum.”
The Cardinals, who entered the game riding a six-game winning streak, received three goals from junior attack Paige Mautner.
“We have talent and we know we can keep up with them,” Mautner said. “But we just didn’t put the effort in. I don’t think we showed up today. We were 8-1 and on a high after beating Yorktown and Glastonbury, but we didn’t live up to how we knew we could play today.”
The Blue Wave, who posted a 20-10 win against the Cardinals last season, held a significant possession advantage and played stellar defensively throughout.
“They moved the ball well through the midfield and capitalized on our mistakes,” GHS coach Caitlin Young said. “We turned the ball over way too much. Their transition game was good, but it was super frustrating, because we did not stick to our game plan, which was something we talked about before the game. We have some work to do to make sure we are on the same page.”
“Greenwich is always a good team and this was the first really big FCIAC game that we had, so we were pumped for it,” Kirby said. “Lisa (Lindley) said that we had to go from the get go, so it was good to put a few in the net right away.”
The visitors went on a 4-0 run to seize a 9-1 lead, with Kirby and Morrill tallying fastbreak goals.
“In the midfield, we hit our passes the way we wanted to and our defense was really strong,” Kirby said. “Our slides were on point, which is what we needed.”
“On offense, we set up our plays well, moved the ball and found each other,” Murphy said. “We also had a lot of good fastbreaks, which came right from the midfield. We had a lot of good connections.”
Greenwich, which trailed 13-2 at halftime, received single goals from Genevieve DeWinter, Katie Harford and Maggie O’Gorman. Senior Caroline Schultz made eight saves in goal, after going in for Crouchley in the first half.
“We had a great win against Yorktown our last game and our girls were playing at a high level,” Young said. “So this took us down a notch. Now we have to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“Emma Jacques was key,” Lindley said. “Any team that possess the ball off the faceoff has the advantage and she definitely did that for us today. Our defense is good. We played as a unit, switching out of a couple of sets, and we did it well today.”
DARIEN 16, GREENWICH 6
DARIEN13 3 — 6
GREENWICH2 4 — 6
Scoring: D — Chandler Kirby 4 g, 2 a; Kaeleigh Morrill 3 g, 1 a; Laura Murphy 2 g, 1 a; Susie Ropp 3 g; Katie Cronin 2 g; Emma Jacques 2 g, 1 a; Schuyler Van Den Broek 1 a; Anna Stein 2 a; G — Paige Mautner 3 g; Genevieve DeWinter 1 g; Maggie O’Gorman 1 g; Katie Harford 1 g; Goalies: D — Caroline Schoudel (8 saves); G — Kathryn Crouchley (1 save); Caroline Schultz (8 saves).
Records: Darien 10-1-1; Greenwich 8-2.