Hellman, Schrenker, Van den Broek, Mahoney lift Wave in semis
Darien had goals from four different scorers in a 4-1 semifinals victory over top seed Enfield at Cheshire on Tuesday.
“Just so proud of the girls,” said Darien coach Mo Minicus. “They’ve just worked so hard to get to where we are. We’re peaking at the right time; working really hard as a unit.”
The fifth seed Wave (16-2-1), delivering Enfield its first loss of the season, plays No. 7 Staples (14-2-0-1) in the final at Wethersfield Saturday at a time to be determined.
The Wreckers shut out three seed Greenwich (16-3-0) in the other semifinals match 2-0.
Staples and Darien are defending dual champs.
“A rematch of last year,” said Minicus.
The Wreckers beat Darien 2-1 in Westport in the teams' regular season contest on Oct. 19.
Molly Hellman, Sydney Schrenker, Shea van den Broek and Bridget Mahoney scored for the Wave.
Erica Blaze made five saves, including a fine stop on a penalty stroke in the second half for the win.
Hellman made it 1-0 early, just eight minutes into the game.
Kerry Blatney took a fast free hit, and took off to her right towards the cage. Five bounding steps and she drove the ball into the circle.
“And Molly Hellman was right there at the post to tip it past the goalie,” said Minicus of the increasingly promising offensive-minded sophomore. “It was great.”
Schrenker made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half with a goal suitable for framing.
She went in on the right side on a break from the top of the circle, put on the brakes and fired the ball to the top of the cage.
“A nice little lift/change-up,” said Minicus.
Enfield got on the board to cut the lead in half off a corner five minutes after Schrenker scored.
“They had very big strong hitters,” Minicus said. “The girl just ripped it and it went right in the cage; nothing we could do.”
But ten minutes later off a corner, the Mahoney/Katie Elders marauding midfield combo set up Van den Broek in front, and Van den Broek crafted a beauty of her own.
“Shea just had beautiful stick skills to get her stick on the ball,” Minicus said. “Then she just pushed it right past the goalie. Very nice goal.”
Mahoney made it 4-1 off a corner with 12:00 to play.
KiKi Tropsa inserted to Mahoney, and Mahoney was presented with an offer she could not refuse.
“We have a play going, but Bridget is about to pass the ball off, and she realizes that none of the defense had stepped up,” Minicus said. “So she just put it into the circle and ripped a shot that went right (past) the right post.
“And then we just held on.”
Darien put 17 shots on goal.