Wave by the numbers: Football ends, hockey begins
The season is changing for Darien sports.
The Blue Wave football team had its fall campaign come to a close with a loss to Newtown in the Class LL final on Saturday, and in this week’s Wave by the numbers, we take a look at some stats from that game.
We’ll then turn the page to the ice hockey season, as Darien’s girls and boys teams look to be contenders for FCIAC and state championships again this winter.
Score of Newtown’s win over Darien in the CIAC Class LL football final Saturday in Trumbull. The Wave finished the season with a record of 11-2, while Newtown was unbeaten at 13-0.
Time remaining when Newtown receiver Riley Ward caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jack Street for the game-winning touchdown. It was the Nighthawks’ only lead of the game.
Darien’s record in the state tournaments during the past five seasons. The Wave won state titles from 2015 through 2017, and has reached the final in six of the last seven seasons. Their only two state playoff losses during the past five years have been to Newtown.
Yards from scrimmage for Darien’s Will Kirby in the Class LL final. He rushed 24 times for 114 yards, and caught two passes for 28 yards.
Yards on a touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Graham to Ryan Mulliken for Darien’s only touchdown of the game. The Wave led 7-0 after three quarters before the Nighthawks found the end zone twice in the fourth.
Receiving yards for Newtown’s Riley Ward, who scored both of the Nighthawks’ touchdowns.
Yards on Newtown’s two touchdowns, which accounted for nearly half of the Nighthawks’ total offense. Outside of the two scoring plays, Darien’s defense held Newtown to 127 total yards.
Score of the Darien girls ice hockey team’s victory over Greenwich in its season opener last Wednesday at the Darien Ice House. The Wave faced the Cardinals four times last year, winning twice during the regular season before losing 4-3 in overtime in the FCIAC semifinals. Darien won the final meeting, 2-0, in the state tournament quarterfinals.
Saves by Darien’s sophomore goalie Ella Whitticom, who posted a shutout. The Wave’s goals were scored by Kelly Ramond and Kate Bellissimo.
Record of the Darien boys ice hockey team last winter. The Blue Wave will open the 2019-20 season with four straight road games, starting with contests against Wilton at the Winter Garden in Ridgefield on Wednesday, and Hamden at Astorino Rink on Saturday.
Score of the Blue Wave’s victory over Hamden early last season.
Seed in the 2018-19 CIAC Div. I boys ice hockey tournament for Darien. The Blue Wave won its first game easily, 10-0, over St. Joseph, but was then upended by No. 6 seed Notre Dame-West Haven in the quarterfinals at the Wonderland of Ice.
Date of the annual Winter Classic against Greenwich outdoors at the Greenwich Skating Club. Darien will be looking for revenge for the past two seasons, as the Cardinals won 4-3 in 2017, and 3-0 last winter.