DARIEN — They say speed kills.

In the case of the Darien girls lacrosse team and defender Logan Book, it’s more like speed thrills.

In winning all three state and FCIAC titles in her three years with Darien, Book used her blinding speed to be named the Hearst Connecticut Media girl lacrosse MVP.

“It’s very rare for defensive players to be recognized, so it’s a huge honor for Logan and well deserved,” Darien coach Lisa Lindley said. “She practices at 100 percent all the time and she carries that attitude and intensity over into the games, which, not only makes her stand out but forces her teammates around her to bring their level up to hers.”

As a defender, Book didn’t score a single goal for Darien, but what she brings to the field goes way beyond statistics.

Book led the team with 25 forced turnovers, scooped up 12 ground balls and had 28 draw controls, but her impact on the team’s mentality is why she was named not only the Hearst MVP, but the Coaches Association Player of the Year in Connecticut.

“Logan was a huge contributor to our success all four years,” teammate Laura Murphy said. “What really made her stand out was that she was the type of player that made you want to play harder. She always gave everything in practice and games and she had a certain mentality that you don’t really see in every single player, which caused herself and everybody else to really get better. She never had a bad attitude about anything and always gave it her all, which was unique to her.”

Book — who couldn’t be reached for comment as she is at the Naval Academy — wasn’t just a one-trick pony however, as her speed complemented her technical game.

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Won three FCIAC and state titles…won two state titles on girls ice hockey team…Connecticut Coaches Association Player of the Year…Hearst MVP…led team with 25 caused turnovers…had 12 ground balls…28 draw controls

-Anthony E. Parelli

“Obviously, speed in our sport is huge, it’s something you either have or you don’t have,” Lindley said. “The one thing Logan has learned over the years is her technical defensive approach. In girls lacrosse, because you can’t hit the opponent, it’s all about angles and approaching your offensive player and she’s really grown the last two years in perfecting that. Couple that with her ability to have a quick, strong check, that’s something that’s rare, too.

“Usually, when kids check, they’re out of control and they create fouls and, obviously, she has her fouls, but she has also had amazing checks where she takes the ball right out of someone’s stick.”

When she was able to take the ball from an opposing attacker, every Blue Wave player on the field and sideline knew what came next.

“It was a huge momentum swinger in getting everybody fired up,” Murphy said. “She would check the ball out of defender’s hands and run it all the way to their end because she was so fast. In a close game, she would always step up with a play like that and get the rest of us fired up.”

New Canaan coach Kristin Woods watched Book from across the field, and, as an opposing coach, knew she had to game plan around the defender.

“I’m very impressed with Logan’s whole career at Darien,” Woods said. “Defensively, she brought so much to the table. Their team thrived so much on her energy and her whole love for the game. Her speed, intensity, aggressiveness and all-around athleticism really set her apart from the rest.”

Aparelli@bcnnew.com @reportedbytheAP