Lax Colossus: Monster streak promises to stay on the rampage for USA No. 1 Wave
The more things stay the same, the more they change, with Wave boys’ lacrosse.
Winning its fourth state title straight, Darien put a straightjacket on Cheshire in a 16-3 win for the Class L crown at Casagrande Field in Norwalk on Saturday.
It is nice to go out with a bang my final year, it’s a dream come true.
— Kevin Lindley
Same result as last season, the season before, right?
Wrong. Same turned into two big changes.
First, in taking its fourth state title Darien tacked on its 54th straight victory, in a team, league, state, and national first, with a record that just keeps expanding; like that classic, relentless monster The Blob, but now, in blue and white.
How do you stop it?
The lax world can’t tell you that.
Even its inventor can’t tell you everything.
“It’s hard to put into words,” said Darien coach Jeff Brameier. “But we hit on all cylinders and all goals today.”
Darien led 4-0 after one quarter, 8-2 at the half and added five goals in the third and three in the fourth.
“We set out at the beginning of the year to be undefeated again, and have a chance to lay claim to being number one in the country,” Brameier said. “And at least on one poll (Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse) I believe we are going to be that.”
Monsters with monster games also means senior Kevin Lindley, clocking in with seven goals to add to his team records for most goals, points in as season, and as Wave all-time top scorer.
If the Wave is the all-smothering Blue and White Blob as a team, then offensively, Lindley is the roaring scoring T-Lax Monster, tearing defenders, goalies, and the net, to shreds.
“It is nice to go out with a bang my final year, it’s a dream come true,” said Lindley, who also had a helper. “I mean, I work off-ball, but, it’s all the players who hit me, that get me the goals.”
Logan McGovern had four goals and two assists, Brian Minicus two goals and two assists,
Matt Meyjes one goal and three assists, Riley Stewart — The Beast when moving the ball — one goal and two assists, Tanner Strub — The Behemoth as always on face-offs — an assist, Hudson Pokorny one goal.
A proven King Kong of the Cage, Ryan Cornell completed his three seasons starting in goal making 12 saves.
“We’re really proud of where we ended up,” Cornell said. “To have a career record of 89-3, it’s unbelievable. I don’t know how many towns and schools can lay claim to that.”
“You know, we work well together,” said Stewart. “It’s been a great ride, and it’s great to go out on top, and on top in the nation.”