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Column: 2013-14 the best season in Blue Wave athletics history

Updated 12:43 pm, Friday, June 20, 2014

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  • Darien high school against New Canaan high school during the CIAC class M boys lacrosse championship game played at Brien McMahon high school, Norwalk,CT on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. Photo: Mark Conrad / Connecticut Post Freelance
    Darien high school against New Canaan high school during the CIAC class M boys lacrosse championship game played at Brien McMahon high school, Norwalk,CT on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. Photo: Mark Conrad

 

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When Blue Wave boys lacrosse players hoisted their 2014 state championship trophy last Saturday, the common narrative that grew around them focused on their place in history. And given the fact only one other squad to come out of the program had ever gone undefeated, that story was a fair one.

Except, it missed a much larger point.

From a much grander perspective, those boys did something far greater than become the best lacrosse team in Darien lore.

They polished off the greatest athletic school year in all of Blue Wave history.

Leading up to that weekend, Darien High School had already collected seven state championships since the fall of 2013. Each of the girls swimming, field hockey, boys cross country, boys indoor track, girls indoor track, girls outdoor track and boys outdoor track teams owned golden hardware. This total of seven titles tied the previous high mark from the Wave teams from 2008-2009,which lost four of their 11 final game appearances.

Of course, you know the rest.

Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams took home championships and that number improved to nine, the most all-time for any single school year at Darien High School.

Sure, five of those titles can be attributed to a core group of track athletes succeeding almost year-round under different sports. But the depth of the 2013-14 teams' accomplishments still reaches deeper than first place.

Blue Wave football took down New Canaan for the second straight season in the Turkey Bowl and reached the Class L championship. Darien boys ice hockey earned a state final berth for the first time since 1987 and came one overtime slapshot away from winning its first title in 45 years. Girls tennis and boys swimming also reached the pinnacles of their respective seasons.

Not to mention, freshman Kateri Martin wore the state singles crown and Connecticut girls tennis player of the year award.

Even outside the realm of championships, this past school year ought to be remembered as a special one by Blue Wave fans for the improvements other teams made to reaching their ultimate goals.

Darein boys basketball reached its first state tournament in 24 years and sprung a first-round upset of No. 7 Guilford. During its previous three seasons, the program had won a combined 11 games.

Over on the diamond, Wave baseball made a significant leap to its 15-5 regular season record, its best mark since 1997. Then, the team hosted a pair of state tournament games and reached the quarterfinals, where Darien softball also ended its 2014 campaign, after earning an FCIAC title game berth.

Finally, scores of Darien student-athletes have now moved on to play sports at the collegiate level, including a great number from both lacrosse teams that capped 2013-2014 in true champions' fashion. And in addition to their caps, gowns and diplomas, they can head into their next athletic careers with the knowledge they played a large role in a unprecedented piece of Blue Wave history.

acallahan@bcnnew.com

@DNCSports

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