More streaking than the 70s for Wave that’s now won record 39 straight
The torch was passed several games back.
On Tuesday, Darien passed the plaque.
Winning streaks are good. But it's titles that matter.
— Jeff Brameier
“It’s just a testament to my longevity, but also a testament to the kind of program Darien has put together,” said Wave boys lax bench boss Jeff Brameier, who became the winningest coach in the state in the sport this season. “And I am fortunate to stay as a coach for all 34 years now.”
Darien’s 17-9 win over Niskayuna on April 8 was Brameier’s 552nd, breaking the state record.
“That’s what we have in our town,” said Brameier. “We have a great support system and feeder system in all our youth sports, not just lacrosse.
“And we’ve obviously had a lot of coaches who have been successful at Darien High School. I am fortunate to be a part of that.”
But with the win over St. Joseph at home on Tuesday, following victories over county rival Wilton and the Wave's fourth straight Battle of the Sound victory over Manhasset recently, it was time for a new number to be minted: 39.
Darien’s 23-4 win over the Cadets marked the halfway point of the regular season, and marked a first for the Wave of winning 39 straight games stretching back through these recent senior crews.
“We started setting the bar pretty high in the early 90s when we won our first FCIAC Championship; and then in ’97 when we won our first state championship,” Brameier said. “And between those groups, those years, that’s when things really started taking off and people started seeing the benefit of playing the great sport of lacrosse.”
Darien’s is the longest current winning streak in the sport in the nation.
“Winning streaks are good,” Brameier said. “But it's titles that matter.”
Thirteen different players contributed to the scoring with multi-point games coming from Logan McGovern (3-4), Kevin Lindley (5-1), Hudson Pokorny (4-1), Ethan Dewbrey (3-1), Ryan Darby (1-3), Brian Minicus (3-0), Bruce Ferguson (2-0) and Finlay Collins (0-2).
Players contributing to the defense were many as well, led by Arden Cohen, Jake Bieler, Quinn Fay, Andrew Darby, Matt Gould, Nick Percarpio, Tyler Strub, Charlie Olson, Connor Sullivan, Connor Olsen, Josh Stevenson, Sam Cragin and Peter Graham.
The goaltending trio of Ryan Cornell, Sean Collins and Will Culliton combined for four saves.
Tanner Strub and Jack Beatty combined to go 22-30 on face-offs.
Eight is not enough
“This team is about the eight-game winning streak, it’s not about the 39 games,” Brameier said.
Darien is having a 20th Reunion of its 1997 team, it’s first to win a state title, and the first team to be involved in its previous longest streak.
The team will be recognized at Darien’s game vs. Ridgefield, 2:30pm May 6.
“Between that team and the team right after it, we had a 38-game win streak going,” Brameier added. “And we just passed that yesterday.”
Still, when the top-rated team in the state Wave goes for its ninth straight on the season at No. 2 New Canaan 4:30pm Saturday, Darien won’t be bringing its worn down abacus along for the ride.
“We’re not playing to lose on Saturday, but if you do, it happens,” said Brameier. “And actually New Canaan was the one that stopped our streak the last time. But then we went out and beat them in the FCIACs, so, it all comes down to playoffs really.”
Darien 11-4-4-4 = 23
St. Jo 0-2-1-1 = 4
Logan McGovern 3-4
Kevin Lindley 5-1
Hudson Pokorny 4-1
Ethan Dewbrey 3-1
Ryan Darby 1-3
Brian Minicus 3-0
Bruce Ferguson 2-0
Finlay Collins 0-2
Ryan Quinn 1-0
Tommy Hellman 1-0
Henri Pfeifle 1-0
Riley Stewart 0-1
Ryan O'Neil 0-1
St. Jo Scoring:
Jared Mallozzi 2-0
Jared Newall 1-0
Matt Ladash 1-0
Ryan Cornell 1 save
Sean Collins 1 save
Will Culliton 2 Saves
Darien 8-0 (5-0 FCIAC)
St. Joe 4-4 (3-2 FCIAC)