Rivals Darien and New Canaan advance to FCIAC boys lacrosse final
It will be the New Canaan Rams versus the Darien Blue Wave for the FCIAC boys lacrosse championship as the two rivals both advanced with decisive wins in the semifinals Wednesday night at Brien McMahon High School.
The second-seeded Rams topped No. 3 Ridgefield in the opener, 10-6, while No. 1 Darien rolled over No. 4 Wilton, 17-5, in the nightcap.
The victories set up a rivalry showdown for the crown on Friday night when the two teams clash at 7 p.m. The game will be carried live by the HAN Network. Darien is 18-0 with a 72-game winning streak, and New Canaan is 14-4.
New Canaan delivered a steady performance for its win in game one. The score was tied a 1-1 after the first quarter when the Rams’ Will Rechtermann and Teddy Manges netted man-up goals to started the second frame. That ignited a run of five unanswered goals which gave New Canaan a 6-1 lead with 4:03 to play in the half.
Ridgefield came back with two goals before halftime, including a wild tally by Ray Dearth with less than a second on the clock. That closed the gap to 6-3, but the Ram defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter while Owen Shin scored twice and Matthew Cosco added one goal for a 9-3 lead going to the fourth.
Quintin O’Connell’s second goal of the game made it 10-3 with 8:54 remaining, and Ridgefield reeled off the next three goals, including two in the final 1:21 to make the final score closer.
In game two, the Blue Wave used a balanced scoring attack — nine players had goals — and an unbreakable defensive performance while beating Wilton by 12 goals.
Logan McGovern had the only goal of the first quarter before Darien blew the doors off the game with an 8-1 second quarter. The Wave led 7-0 before Wilton got on the scoreboard, and kept the pressure on in the second half, eventually putting the game in running time with 5:28 to play.
McGovern and Brian Minicus each finished with seven points to lead the offense, as McGovern had five goals and two assists, and Minicus had three goals and four assists. Hudson Pokorny and Henri Pfeifle scored two goals apiece.
FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Semifinals - New Canaan 10, Ridgefield 6
Ridgefield 1-2-0-3 6
New Canaan 1-5-3-1 10
Ridgefield: Ray Dearth 2g, 1a; Greg Gatto 2g; Wes Carpenter 1g; John Mathes 1g
New Canaan: Quintin O’Connell 2g; Owen Shin 2g; Teddy Manges 1g, 1a; Liam Griffiths 1g; Will Rechtermann 1g; Nick Crovatto 1g; Mac Deane 1g; Matt Cosco 1g
R - Daniel Parson 8 saves
NC - Carl Mazabras 10 saves
FCIAC Boys Lacrosse Semifinals - Darien 17, Wilton 5
Wilton 0-2-1-2 5
Darien 1-8-4-4 17
Wilton: Dean DiNanno 1g, 1a; Zach Zeyher 1g; Tyler Previte 1g; Brian Calabrese 1g; Ryan McDermott 1g
Darien: Logan McGovern 5g, 2a; Brian Minicus 3g, 4a; Hudson Pokorny 2g; Henri Pfeifle 2g; Blake Sommi 1g; Jackson Peters 1g; Tommy Hellman 1g; Tanner Strub 1g; Matt Gould 1g
W - Andrew Calabrese 7 saves
D - Sean Collins 11 saves