Wave by the Numbers: College lacrosse, FCIAC swimming, and state ice hockey
We roll into this week’s Wave by the Numbers with a couple of former Darien lacrosse stars who are continuing to excel at the college level. Shifting to the ice, the Wave girls ice hockey team moved forward in the state playoffs, setting up another showdown with rival New Canaan, and the Darien boys swim team delivered some solid numbers at the FCIAC finals last weekend.
Points for Amherst College sophomore Colin Minicus during the men’s lacrosse team’s season-opening 22-7 win over Colby on Saturday. Minicus, an attack, made a big splash during his first year at Amherst, racking up 73 points on 31 goals and 42 assists as a freshman. Amherst is facing Western New England at home, and Bowdoin on the road this week.
Points through five games for sophomore Hudson Hamill of the Washington and Lee men’s lacrosse team. Hamill, a midfielder, had scored two goals and dished out six assists, and is tied for the team lead in points. Washington and Lee lost its first three games but has since rebounded to beat Washington College 18-10, and Franklin & Marshall 12-10.
Score of Darien’s victory over Simsbury in the CHSGHA State girls ice hockey quarterfinals Saturday at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford. Shea van den Broek, Corinne Bevill and Nelle Kniffin all scored as the Wave advanced to the semifinals.
Saves for Darien goalie Hallie Kreppein in the victory over Simsbury. The Wave outshot Simsbury 24-15, and Kreppein was perfect for the day, making a big glove save in the final minute to preserve the shutout.
Meeting of the New Canaan Rams and Darien Blue Wave girls ice hockey this season, when they play in the CHSCGA State semifinals this week. The first three games between the rivals were barn burners, with New Canaan sweeping 2-1, 2-0, and then 3-2 in double overtime in the FCIAC semifinals. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, at The Rinks at Shelton, but was postponed due to the snowstorm. It is now scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Friday, in Shelton.
Darien players who were named to the All-FCIAC teams in girls ice hockey. Senior defender Kiki Tropsa, a co-captain, and junior forward Shea van den Broek are on the First Team, and senior co-captain and defender Sally Cassidy is on the Second Team. The Wave also had eight honorable mentions.
Spencer Erickson’s time in the 100 backstroke as he finished second at Sunday’s FCIAC swim championships in Greenwich. The Darien junior was in the top five in four events, finishing third with both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, and fifth in the 200 freestyle.
Time for Darien sophomore Connor Martin, who finished second in the 100 butterfly at Sunday’s FCIAC swim championships. Martin was also in the top five in four events, finishing third with both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, and fifth in the 50 freestyle.
Final score of Monday’s state Div. III boys basketball game at Darien High School, as the Daniel Hand Tigers defeated the Blue Wave in overtime. Darien had 15 points from Justin Jordan and 11 from Jack Tierney to lead the way. The Wave finished the season with a record of 10-11 and qualified for the state playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.