Darien girls lacrosse clips Garden City 15-13 on Long Island
The Darien girls lacrosse team has won 95 consecutive games against Connecticut opponents, so it’s easy to forget that there is one out-of-state nemesis which has given the Blue Wave fits over the years.
In a road game on Monday, the Wave gained a measure of revenge against that nemesis as they defeated the Long Island powerhouse Garden City Trojans, 15-13.
The Darien win snapped a three-game losing streak against Garden City. The Trojans won 17-11 last year, 13-5 in 2016 and 9-8 in 2015. Darien’s last victory in the series was a 10-9 overtime decision in 2014. Prior to that, the Trojans had won five straight against the Wave.
The Blue Wave (6-0 overall, 4-0 FCIAC) received a tremendous performance from goalie Maggie Brooks, who collected 15 saves to nail down the win.
On offense, seven different Darien players scored, with Sarah Jaques (4 goals, 1 assist) and Nicole Humphrey (3 goals, 2 assists) leading the way with five points apiece. Christine Fiore, Shea Van den Broek, and Katie Ramsay each scored twice, with Fiore also adding one assist, while Kendall Wisinski and Nelle Kniffin each scored one goal.
The Wave led 5-4 midway through the first half when they went on a 4-0 run, with one goal from Humphrey, two from Van den Broek, and one from Fiore to take a 9-4 lead.
Darien’s advantage was 9-5 at halftime and the Wave expanded that to 11-5 early in the second half. They maintained at least a three-goal edge for much of the way until Garden City made a late run, closing the gap to one at 13-12 with six and a half minutes remaining.
Fiore and Ramsay, two senior captains, came through in the clutch, scoring goals to push the lead back up to three at 15-12. The Trojans netted one goal in the final minute but the Wave held on for the win.