Wave by the Numbers: College stars, track record, and a rivalry tripleheader
College hoops and lacrosse are in the spotlight for this week’s Wave by the Numbers, as a couple of former Darien sports stars light up the college competition.
Also featured is a track standout setting a school record, the Darien-New Canaan rivalry, and some great numbers for the defense of the Blue Wave’s girls ice hockey team.
Points for Hollis Perticone of the Middlebury College Panthers women’s lacrosse team last spring. The midfielder, who is entering her senior season, was the NESCAC Player of the Year, as voted by league coaches. She finished the season with 33 goals, 11 assists, 29 ground balls, and 20 caused turnovers, and also registered a team-best 78 draw controls. The Panthers, who were 16-5 and reached the NCAA Div. III quarterfinals last spring, open the season at Bates on March 3.
Points scored by Darien’s Alex Preston in two games on Jan. 20 and 24 for the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team. Preston, a freshman, scored 20 in an 82-71 win over Whittier, and added 16 in a 61-58 victory at Chapman four days later. The 2017 graduate of DHS shot 83 percent in the two games, going 15-for-18 from the field. Pomona-Pitzer is 10-10 this season and 8-3 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
KC Grady’s Darien school record time in the 55-meter dash during the FCIAC indoor track and field championships last Thursday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Her time broke the old Wave record of 7.45, set by Frances Riith way back in 1981. Grady finished second in the event at the FCIAC meet.
Head-to-head matchups between rival Darien and New Canaan during the next two days. The Blue Wave and Rams will clash on the basketball court at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, with the boys playing at Darien High School, and the girls playing at New Canaan High School. On Friday, the rivals move to the Darien Ice House for a boys ice hockey game at 2:40 p.m. The Wave won an earlier non-conference hockey game with New Canaan, 8-1, in December.
Goals allowed in 14 games for the Darien girls ice hockey team this winter. The Wave’s defense has been exceptional, posting six shutouts, and allowing more than one goal just four times this season, including twice in wins. Darien is 11-2-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the FCIAC following a 1-1 tie with Greenwich on Monday..
Record for the Blue Wave gymnastics team during the final two meets of the regular season. Darien scored 133.65 points for its second-highest score of the season, and defeated rival New Canaan, Westhill and Staples along the way. Darien will now head to the FCIAC championship meet, which begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Westhill High School in Stamford.
Wins for the Darien boys basketball team, which has defeated University, Ludlowe and Staples in consecutive games. The victories boosted the Blue Wave’s record to 6-9 overall, and it is within two wins of officially qualifying for the state tournament.
Shot put throw for Darien senior Michael Neary, who finished third in the event at the FCIAC indoor track and field championships. Neary is one of three Blue Wave athletes, alongside Robert Keeney and Kayin Chisolm, who will compete in the boys shot put at the CIAC Class L meet today, Thursday, Feb. 8.