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A 3-1 advantage after one quarter became a 12-2 halftime lead as the Darien boys lacrosse team began the postseason with a romp, defeating the Trumbull Eagles 19-3 in the FCIAC quarterfinals Saturday at DHS.

The top-seeded Blue Wave (13-4) will now take on No. 4 Wilton in the semifinals on Tuesday at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Brien McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field. Wilton defeated Staples 4-3 in overtime, in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

In Tuesday’s early semifinal at McMahon, No. 2 Ridgefield will square off with No. 3 New Canaan at 5 p.m.

The Wave’s quarterfinal victory against Trumbull (8-9) featured eight players with multiple points.

Hudson Pokorny led the onslaught with six points on two goals and four assists, while Henri Pfeifle, Jack Bogdan and Michael Minicus each had a hat trick. Bogdan and Minicus also had one assist apiece.

Holt Matheis scored twice and Bruce Ferguson, Matthew Minicus, Charlie Walsh and Jackson Peters each had one goal and one assist.

Darien’s huge lead in the first half allowed the Wave to use four goalies, with Andy Demopoulos, Spencer Smith, Sander Schuddeboom and George Demopoulos combining for 10 saves.

The defense, which allowed singles tallies in the first, second and fourth quarters, featured Tyler Strub, Sam Cragin, Pierce Hoyda, Connor Olson, Blake Cellar, Sam Wilson, Pete Graham, Reilly Warble, Matt Cavoli, Sam Erickson, Will Nelson, John Reynolds and David Evanchick.

Darien  was also strong on faceoffs, led by Matt Freeman’s 10-for-10 performance. Noah Dewbry won nine faceoffs, Chase Gulick won four, and Tighe Cummiskey took three as trhe Wave was a perfect 26-26 in the game.


Darien 3 9 3 4 - 19

Trumbull 1 1 0 1 - 3

Darien: Hudson Pokorny 2g, 4a; Jack Bogdan 3g, 1a; Michael Minicus 3g, 1a; Henri Pfeifle 3g; Holt Matheis 2g; Bruce Ferguson 1g, 1a; Matthew Minicus 1g, 1a; Charlie Walsh 1g, 1a; Jackson Peters 1g, 1a; Colin Ruppenstein 1g

Goalies: Darien: Andy Demopoulos, Spencer Smith, Sander Schuddeboom and George Demopoulos combined for 10 saves

Records: Trumbull 8-9; Darien 13-4