FIELD HOCKEY

Darien has familiar faces up front and newcomers at the back. Gelling is where it’s at this fall.

We have a whole new defense, but I’m pleased with who I see.

— Mo Minicus

“The girls are working hard and shaping up,” Wave coach Mo Minicus said. “It’s a work in progress.”

Captains are seniors KiKi Tropsa, Sally Cassidy, Kendall Wisinski and Sydney Schrenker, for the Wave which returns to action the defending Class L Co-Champion (with Staples).

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Junior Grace Aronsohn and last season’s back-up senior Erica Blaze take over as first-year starters in goal.

“They’re both fresh, but we have a pretty solid team in front of them,” Minicus said. “We have a whole new defense, but I’m pleased with who I see. We have depth; it’s been a good preseason.”

A dozen seniors move up, while the Wave loses starting standouts, goalie Kalli Coughlin, defenders Courtney Lowe, Campbell Matheis, Meaghan Waldron. In all, Darien does without all around excellence from over 10 from the Class of 2017, including Abigail Hancock, Isabelle Howe, Leela Krishan and Emily Gianunzio.

Rookie defenders include, in center back Hannah Riegel, a third of the Riegel clan that has made such a splash with the Wave over the last decade.

“The last of my Riegels,” noted Minicus.

Darien has two seniors on the backline and looking good, says Minicus, in Kerry Blatney and Lindsey Wallach, and she adds Emily Schwartzman to the list.

First-year varsity starters Riley Joyce, and sophomore Tala Garcia are in the defensive mix.

“That’s pretty much who we are looking to to play in the backfield,” said Minicus.

Tropsa, Wisinski and juniors Katie Elders and Bridget Mahoney make it a mighty midfield for the Wave. And there is more.

“Midfield will be our strength,” Minicus said. “We’ve got speed and solid depth.”

Junior Shea van den Broek brings skills and determination, and adds tremendous depth to midfield, and she knows how to score.

“She is skilled and crafty,” Minicus said. “A very smart player.”

Senior Megan Smith is on the midfield roster and could see opportunity arise on defense as well.

Cassidy, Schrenker, and at times Wisinski, will all zero in on goal.

Joining them, juniors playing up front are first-year varsity players Daphne Cutler, Lily Kulesz, Olivia Stein, sophomore Molly Hellman, and speedy senior Elizabeth Jennings returns to varsity.

Senior Emily Neuner is a valued returning presence.

“She is very smart, skilled, so I think we will use her as needed,” said Minicus. “I think she can play anywhere.”

The varsity roster includes Isa Nuissl, a senior international transfer student from Holland.

Schedule

9/8 vs. Fairfield Warde 7pm 

9/11 vs. St. Joseph 4pm

9/14 vs. Stamford 4pm 

9/16 at Daniel Hand 1:30pm 

9/20 at Trumbull 4:30pm 

9/22 vs. Danbury 4pm 

9/25 vs. Fairfield Ludlowe 4:00pm 

9/27 at Greenwich 4:30pm

10/3 at New Canaan 4pm 

10/5 vs. Westhill 4pm

10/7 vs. Garden City, NY 4pm 

10/10 at Norwalk 5pm 

10/12 vs. Wilton 4pm 

10/14 at Ridgefield 4pm 

10/19 at Staples 4pm

10/23 at Brien McMahon 7pm