Darien boys lacrosse doubles up Wilton, 12-6, in FCIAC showdown
The Darien Blue Wave has already defeated several boys lacrosse powerhouses from out of state this season, but the marquee match-ups have now shifted to a few rivals closer to home.
In its first big FCIAC contest of the season, Darien was more than up to the task as the Blue Wave topped the Wilton Warriors, 12-6, Saturday afternoon at DHS.
The win gave Darien records of 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the FCIAC, and the Wave is one of three teams still unbeaten in league play. Ridgefield is 4-0 in the FCIAC and rival New Canaan is 3-0.
Wilton fell to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The victory also kept the Wave’s winning streak going at 62 games.
Six players scored for Darien, which was playing without one of its top offensive weapons in senior co-captain Logan McGovern, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Senior co-captain Brian Minicus had a huge day with three goals and four assists, senior Jack Joyce added two goals and two assists, and Jackson Peters had a hat trick.
The biggest spotlight, however, fell on the defensive side of the field, where goalie Sean Collins continued to impress, collecting 17 saves for the win.
The Blue Wave wasted no time to take the lead, scoring twice in the first minute. The lead was 6-2 after one quarter, and went to 7-2 in the second quarter. Wilton closed the gap to 7-4 at halftime, and stayed within striking distance until the fourth quarter, when Darien put the game out of reach.
“We jumped out early; they chipped away; we responded and never let it get closer than two,” Darien head coach Jeff Brameier said. “Our goalie had a tremendous day. He proved he’s right there with any of the best goalies in the state. He’s kind of an unknown entity. He’s been our rock in the net.”
The Wave also had another outstanding performance from the defense, led by senior co-captain Andrew Darby, Matt Gould, Tyler Strub, Charlie Olsen and Connor Olson.
The loss to unbeaten Darien ended what was as tough a week as the Wilton High boys lacrosse team’s had in some time. Coming off losses at Chaminade and Ridgefield, Saturday’s tilt was the third road game against an elite opponent in five days.
Head coach John Wiseman said there was plenty of lacrosse still to play, and pointed to Wilton’s tradition of finishing seasons strong.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Wiseman said. “We’ll figure it out. It’s just frustrating because you know the talent that we have and what we could do. Our record should be different,” he said. “We have to earn that. No one’s going to give it to you.”
Darien had the big games from Minicus, Peters and Joyce to highlight the offense, with Hudson Pokorny adding two goals. Tanner Strub and Henri Pfeifle also scored, and senior co-captain Blake Sommi had one assist.
Brian Calabrese and Joe Murtha each had two goals for Wilton, with other goals by Liam Sullivan and Dean DiNanno. Connor Drake and Zach Zeyher had assists. Andrew Calabrese made 12 saves in goal.
Darien 12, Wilton 6
Saturday, April 21, at DHS
Wilton 2-2-2-0 6
Darien 6-1-3-2 12
Wilton: Brian Calabrese 2g, 2a; Joe Murtha 2g; Dean DiNanno 1g; Brendan Sullivan 1g; Connor Drake 1a; Zach Zeyher 1a
Darien: Brian Minicus 3g, 4a; Jack Joyce 2g, 2a; Jackson Peters 3g; Hudson Pokorny 2g; Henri Pfeifle 1g; Tanner Strub 1g; Blake Sommi 1a
W - Andrew Calabrese 12 saves
D - Sean Collins 17 saves