Girls Lacrosse: Darien tops rival New Canaan in double OT
NEW CANAAN — There’s no panic in the Darien girls lacrosse team.
Not when New Canaan rattled off six unanswered goals. Not when it trailed by two with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Not during overtime in a hostile road environment against its archrival.
After all, there’s a reason the Blue Wave have now won 40 consecutive games against in-state opponents.
Emma Lesko converted two free-position chances in the final 63 seconds, and, with just 1:26 remaining in the second overtime period, Emma Jacques ripped the game-winner for an 11-10 victory.
“We clawed back,” Darien coach Lisa Lindley said. “That’s a testament to our culture and that’s what Darien is all about. I don’t think we were ever phased with the amount we were down, it was just about getting possessions and having the chances to shoot.”
After Lesko’s tying goal with 25 seconds left, New Canaan had its own free-possession chance as Campbell Armstrong lined up with just seven ticks remaining. The senior captain, who led the Rams with four goals on the day, fired low and Darien (8-3, 6-0 FCIAC) goalie Carly Schoudel dropped down to make the save and force the extra periods.
“That was huge,” Lindley said of the save. “The seniors really showed leadership today, Christine Fiore really stepped up and carried the attack on her back.”
Fiore tallied five times in the contest. The senior attackman and faceoff specialist registered a hat trick in the first half to stake the Wave to a 6-4 lead.
From there however, it was New Canaan (7-3, 6-1) that found its groove — ripping off six straight goals from Armstrong, Braeden Dial, Karlie Bucci and Jane Charlton.
“It shows we can play with anyone on any given day,” Rams coach Kristin Woods said of the run. “We just have to do it for 50 minutes. You have a 10-minute lapse and there goes the game.”
It was Fiore that would stop the run with a goal at the 12-minute mark. After Dial put New Canaan up 10-7 with 6:14 to go, it only took 58 seconds for Fiore to respond again.
“I just played loose,” Fiore said of her performance. “I’ve had a few rough games recently where I was tight, but today I went all out.”
After four straight Darien goals in the first half, Woods made a change at goalie — subbing in Cameron Blair. The junior immediately turned momentum for the Rams, and finished the contest with seven saves.
“Cameron is an outstanding kid,” Woods said. “She really has a head about her, and whenever she’s called on, she’s ready to play. She stepped up big for us.”
DARIEN 11, NEW CANAAN 10 (2OT)
DARIEN 6 4 0 1—11
NEW CANAAN 4 6 0 0—10
Records: Darien 8-3, 6-0 FCIAC; New Canaan 7-3, 6-1. Scoring: D—Christine Fiore 5 goals, Emma Lesko 3g, Ashley Humphrey 2g, Emma Jacques; NC—Campbell Armstrong 4g, Karlie Bucci 2g 2 assists, Braeden Dial 3g, Jane Charlton 1g. Goalies: D—Carly Schoudel (6 saves); NC—Caroline O’Dea (3 saves), Cameron Blair (7). Shots: D—23; NC—18.