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Taking on Westchester County power Yorktown has become a season-opening tradition for the Darien boys lacrosse team, and for five years running, the Blue Wave has had the upper hand in the rivalry.

Darien used a 6-0 third quarter run to take control of the game and then held off a late charge by the Huskers, as the Blue Wave scored a 13-11 victory at Yorktown High School on Saturday night.

The victory extended a couple of streaks for the Wave, who have now won 55 consecutive games overall and have beaten Yorktown in five straight meetings. The Blue Wave won by relatively wide margins the past three seasons: 15-4 last year, 12-3 in 2016, and 15-3 in 2015. Darien also won 8-5 in 2014 and Yorktown’s last win over the Wave was an 11-5 decision in 2013.

The loss on Saturday was Yorktown’s first of the season, and it fell to 3-1. 

The Blue Wave received big offensive performances from Brian Minicus, Logan McGovern and Jack Joyce, who combined for 11 goals and 18 points. Minicus led the attack with six goals and four assists; McGovern had three goals and one assist; and Joyce had two goals and two assists.

Hudson Pokorny dished out two assists, and Henri Pfeifle and Tommy Hellman each scored once.

Tanner Strub delivered a strong faceoff effort, winning 19 of 28.

The Darien defense’s new version of the”Tidal Wave” played well, with a great performance from long poles Andrew Darby, Matt Gould, Tyler Strub, Connor Olson and Sam Cragin, and new goalie Sean Collins, who made 11 saves. Collins has taken over the position following the graduation of Ryan Cornell, who is now with the University of Vermont.

The Blue Wave never trailed Yorktown, as Darien built a 3-1 lead after one quarter and led 6-3 in the second quarter. The Huskers rallied to make it 6-5 at halftime and then tied the score early in the third quarter, but the Wave was undaunted and scored the next six goals for a 12-6 lead after three.

The advantage was 13-7 in the fourth quarter when Yorktown scored four straight goals to close the gap to 13-11 with under two minutes remaining. Darien kept the score there, however, and the Wave came away with the victory.

Darien 13, Yorktown 11

Saturday, March 31, at Yorktown

Darien 3-3-6-1 13

Yorktown 1-4-1-5 11

Darien: Brian Minicus 6 goals, 4 assists; Logan McGovern 3 goals, 1 assist; Jack Joyce 2 goals, 2 assists; Hudson Pokorny 2 assists;  Henri Pfeifle 1 goal; Tommy Hellman 1 goal

Yorktown: Jamison Embury 3 goals, 3 assists; Blake Embury 5 goals; Brett Makar 2 goals, 2 assists; Justin Comerford 1 goal


D - Sean Collins 11 saves

Y - Louis Ragusa 14 saves


D - Tanner Strub won 19-of-28