Wave by the numbers: A field hockey championship and more playoff thrills

The Darien field hockey team celebrates after defeating New Canaan for the FCIAC championship in Norwalk on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.

The Darien field hockey team celebrates after defeating New Canaan for the FCIAC championship in Norwalk on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.

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A double overtime thriller for the field hockey championship, volleyball finalists and state soccer playoffs hit the pitch in this week’s Wave by the numbers


Consecutive FCIAC championships for the Darien field hockey team, which defeated New Canaan 1-0 in double overtime in the 2021 final last Thursday. The Blue Wave defeated Wilton in 2017 and Staples in 2018, before sharing the title with the Wreckers following a scoreless tie in 2019.


Game time elapsed when Blake Wilks scored off a pass from Molly McGuckin for the only goal of the FCIAC field hockey final. The play came during the first minute of the second 7-on-7 frame.


FCIAC championships in program history for Darien. Ten of those titles have come since 2007.


Record of both Darien and New Canaan heading into the CIAC Class L tournament. The Rams are the No. 1 seed, with the Wave at No. 2.


Score of the Blue Wave’s loss to Greenwich in the FCIAC volleyball championship match on Saturday. The Cardinals won the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21, before Darien won the third 25-15. The score was 22-22 in the fourth set but Greenwich won the last three points for a 25-22 victory and the title.


Record of the Darien volleyball team, which is the No. 3 seed in the Class LL tournament. The Wave will host No. 14 Ridgefield (14-6) in the second round on Thursday. The Wave blanked the Tigers 3-0 during the regular season.


Number of Class LL second round matches out of eight that will feature at least one FCIAC volleyball team.


Miller Ward’s first-place time in the 100-yard butterfly during Saturday’s FCIAC swim finals in Greenwich. She edged Trumbull’s Lauren Walsh (55.21) for the top spot. Ward was also second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.80, while helping Darien take third place as a team.


Score of Darien’s overtime victory against Southington in the opening round of the Class LL girls soccer tournament on Monday. No. 25 Darien (7-8-1) will play at No. 9 Staples (13-2-4) in the second round on Wednesday.


Seed of the Blue Wave’s boys soccer team, which begins play in the Class LL playoffs on Tuesday. Darien is 9-2-5 and is hosting No. 25 New Britain in the first round.


Score of the Darien football team’s victory over Norwalk on Friday night. The win kept the Blue Wave unbeaten at 8-0, and they also hold the No. 1 spot in both the Class LL rankings and the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll.


Span of time in the third quarter during which Darien scored 22 points. The outburst turned a 21-20 halftime deficit into a 42-21 lead.


Days until the annual Turkey Bowl showdown with New Canaan on Thanksgiving. The Rams are 7-1 and ranked third in the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll.

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports