NORWALK — There are certain days where it really doesn’t matter what team is opposing Darien.

Saturday was one of those days.

The No.1 Blue Wave had it all working at Brien McMahon High School, defeating seventh-seed Cheshire 16-3 for the Class L crown.

It was Darien’s 55th-straight win, and fourth consecutive state title. Perhaps most importantly, the win makes the Blue Wave the presumptive national champions according to the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll.

Tanner Strub was dominant at the faceoff X, Ryan Cornell only allowed two goals, Arden Cohen held Cheshire’s Sean Black — a 100-point scorer — to no goals while Kevin Lindley and Logan McGovern combined for 11 goals.

“This means the world to me,” said Lindley, who had seven goals and an assist. “Darien lacrosse is my childhood, and to say I could potentially win a national championship and only lose three games is incredible. It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving this program.”

It will be bittersweet for all the seniors, but they can look back on their time at Darien with pride, finishing with a record of 89-3.

In the eyes of coach Jeff Brameier, Darien’s most impressive feat may be achieving greatness with a target on its back throughout the season.

“We’ve had it before, but we had the bull’s eye on our chest from the minute we started the season,” Brameier said. “And then to get to that point where we were ranked No. 1 in the polls and it was like, alright, you can’t lose, you have a goal sitting in front of you and you have 15 games still to go — and a lot of big ones. They answered the call every time, every Saturday was a big game and they played great.”

While the game obviously didn’t go as Cheshire would have liked, the Rams can take solace in being one of two Class L teams standing at the end of the season.

“I’m not going to say we played our best this game,” Cheshire coach Rich Pulisciano said. “We didn’t have the mojo that we had the other night, but I’m proud of the kids. At 3:30 this afternoon, there’s only two teams playing in the state of Connecticut and we’re one of them, going against the No. 1 team in the country; you have to be proud of the kids.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Lindley. In his final game, Darien’s single-season record holder in points (134) put an exclamation point on his season, tallying seven times.

SECOND HOME SWEET HOME

Brien McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field may as well be an extension of Darien High School. After all, the Blue Wave have won each of the last four FCIAC semifinals and finals, as well as state titles, on the Norwalk field.

“I think we were very comfortable on the big stage,” Brameier said. “This is our home field in many ways, we’re so used to being over here, so that is sort of an advantage for us and we treat it like that.”

ALL CLEAR

Part of what made Darien so dominant was its success at clearing its own zone and getting in transition. More often than not, that involved No. 10 running, cutting and dodging through the middle of the field.

Midfielder Riley Stewart became the king of the human clear in his time with the Wave, a skill he developed at an early age.

“When I first started picking up lacrosse in fifth grade, I was just kind of athletic, but didn’t have the stick skills,” said Stewart, who had two goals and an assist in the title game. “So, I would play defense and would just run it out because I was fast. As my stick skills developed I picked up a bigger role on the team, but that’s been my role from the beginning.”

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DARIEN 16, CHESHIRE 3

CHESHIRE 0 2 0 1—3

DARIEN 4 4 5 3—16

Scoring: C—Sean Black 2 assists, John Raba 1 goal, Michael Jeffery 1g, Ryan Lindsey 1g; D—Matt Meyjes 1g 3a, Logan McGovern 4g 2a, Kevin Lindley 7g 1a, Riley Stewart 1g 2a, Brian Minicus 2g 2a, Tanner Strub 1a, Hudson Pokorny 1g. Goalies: C—Peter Brown (14 saves); D—Ryan Cornell (12), Sean Collins (3). Shots: C—25; D—42.