By Ryan Lacey DARIEN \u2014 Thursday marked the three-year anniversary of the last time the Darien girls lacrosse team lost a game from a team from Connecticut. Since then, it\u2019s been a sustained period of dominance from the Blue Wave and no one has been able to stop them. Seeking their third straight Class L state title, No. 3 Darien advanced to the semifinals with a comfortable 17-5 win over Staples. The 10 seniors that have overseen one of the winningest stretches in the program\u2019s rich history signed off on their home careers with another emphatic performance. \u201cTo be honest they don\u2019t know, and I didn\u2019t know until we played New Canaan the first time (A 12-9 win May 7) that there was some kind of record,\u201d Darien coach Lisa Lindley said of her team\u2019s streak. \u201cWe don\u2019t talk about it because I don\u2019t want them to have that added pressure. Right now we have to take one game at a time.\u201d Darien, which has won 55 straight against in-state competition, will meet Conard in the semifinals on Tuesday. Anna Moorhead led the charge with four goals, while teammates Katie Cronin and Mariah Matheis each fired hat tricks. Darien, which beat Staples 17-6 during the regular season, got off to the best possible start with two goals inside the first minute and five before the Wreckers could blink. Cronin and Emma Lesko took turns controlling the faceoff circle that led to plenty of possessions. \u201cIt\u2019s something we\u2019ve talked about, coming out with intensity from the beginning and playing the whole 50 minutes,\u201d Lindley said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a few games where we\u2019ve haven\u2019t. I think my seniors did a good job getting everyone prepared.\u201d Jenna McNicholas, who scored four goals for Staples, scored twice midway through the first half to cut the lead to 5-2. But the Blue Wave rattled off three straight to close the door, and another three before the half to slam it shut. \u201cWe really focused this week on moving the ball and seeing the cutters and being patient,\u201d Mathias said. \u201cThat\u2019s what we did on offense today; we really clicked and I\u2019m proud of the team.\u201d Darien outscored the Wreckers 6-2 in the second half. No. 6 Staples saw its season end at the quarterfinal stage after beating Warde at home in the first round. \u201cIn the second half we were just trying to play for pride,\u201d Staples coach Pete Najarian said. \u201cI told the girls at halftime to forget about the scoreboard and prove we can play. I\u2019m proud of our kids, they fought hard the whole time.\u201d The Blue Wave are now two wins away from wrapping up another unblemished season in the state. \u201cAll of the players on the team take it seriously no matter what their role is,\u201d Mathias said. \u201cIt really shows on the field. Now our focus is on Tuesday and to work on what we have to work on.\u201d email@example.com; @ryanlacey11 DARIEN 17, STAPLES 5 STAPLES 3 2\u20145 DARIEN 11 6 \u2014 17 Records: Staples 12-6; Darien 15-3. Scoring: S\u2014Jenna McNicholas 4 g; Sam Kratky 1 a; Paige Murray 1 a; Colleen Bannon 1 g, 1 a. D \u2014 Katie Cronin 3 g, 1 a; Mariah Matheis 3 g, 1 a; Anna Moorhead 4 g, 1 a; Gabby Noto 1 g; Chandler Kirby 1 g; Kaeleigh Morrill 1 g, 1 a; Emma Lesko 1 g; Susannah Ropp 1 g; Laura Murphy 2 g. Goalies: S \u2014 Emma Boland (3 saves); Alexa Moro (6 saves) \u2014 Sammy Nielsen (3 saves); Isabella Scribiano (1).