Darien rolls over Wreckers, 18-6, in FCIAC girls lacrosse quarterfinals
The dominance of the Darien girls lacrosse team at times borders on the ridiculous. Six consecutive FCIAC championships, five straight state titles and a winning streak against Connecticut opponents which has reached an incredible 103 games.
And the Wave shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Darien opened the 2018 postseason with yet another masterful performance, routing the Staples Wreckers, 18-6, in the FCIAC quarterfinals Thursday at Darien High School. The Wave scored the game’s first four goals and led 11-2 at halftime en route to the victory.
Top-seeded Darien (15-2 overall, 11-0 FCIAC) moves into Monday’s semifinals at Norwalk High School, and will face the winner of Friday’s game between No. 4 Greenwich and No. 5 Ridgefield.
The Wave did not face Greenwich during the regular season, but defeated Ridgefield, 21-6, back on April 10.
Darien was in command from start to finish against Staples, thanks in large part to the fine play of senior co-captain Katie Ramsay on draws. That allowed the Wave to control both possession and pace.
Three players had hat tricks for Darien, as senior co-captain Emma Jaques, Nicole Humphrey and Maddie Joyce each scored three goals. Humphrey and Joyce also had one assist apiece.
Sarah Jaques had a goal and two assists; Ramsay scored twice; and Ashley Humphrey had a goal and an assist. Senior co-captain Christine Fiore, Charlotte Wittstock, Katie Elders, Charlotte Harmon and Shea Van den Broek scored one goal apiece.
Much like their first meeting with Staples on April 13, the Wave faced a big challenge from Wreckers’ goalie Alexa Moro, who collected 10 saves on Thursday. Also like the first game, Darien’s offense kept up the pressure, overcame Moro, and won by 12 goals.
Sarah Jaques opened the scoring at the 1:03 mark when she came around the right side and scooped a shot low past Moro. After Moro and Darien goalie Maggie Brooks (7 saves) each made a nice stop, the Wave made it 2-0 when Ramsay rushed the ball through the middle of the defense and scored.
Nicole Humphrey then tallied on a free position, and Fiore scored in transition for a 4-0 lead with 16:59 remaining in the first half.
Staples’ Kathleen Cozzi broke the shutout to make it 4-1, but Darien scored the next seven goals, including three straight from Joyce, for a 11-1 lead with three minutes to go before halftime.
Darien led 11-2 at halftime and after Staples scored the first goal of the second half, the Blue Wave went on a 6-0 run to go up 17-3 on their way to the win.
FCIAC Girls Lacrosse Quarterfinals - Darien 18, Staples 6
Staples 2-4 6
Darien 11-7 18
Staples: Kathleen Cozzi 1g, 1a; Meghan Johnson 1g, 1a; Kyle Kirby 1g; Christine Taylor 1g; Shira Parower 1g; Abby Najarian 1g; Elle Fair 1a
Darien: Nicole Humphrey 3g, 1a; Maddie Joyce 3g, 1a; Emma Jaques 3g; Sarah Jaques 1g, 2a; Katie Ramsay 2g; Ashley Humphrey 1g, 1a; Christine Fiore 1g; Charlotte Wittstock 1g; Katie Elders 1g; Charlotte Harmon 1g; Shea Van den Broek 1g; Kendall Wisinski 1a; Jordan Vaught 1a; Kit Arrix 1a
S - Alexa Moro 10 saves
D - Maggie Brooks 7 saves, and Kennison Harmon 5 saves