Scoring early, often and in a variety of ways was the key to success for Darien Tuesday night as it defeated Fairfield-Ludlowe 14-2 to remain undefeated on the year.
The Blue Wave (3-0, 2-0 FCIAC) scored two goals in the first four minutes, putting to rest any worries of sloppy play on a rain soaked day.
"It's always tough when it's raining out" Darien attacker Jack Kniffen said of the less than ideal conditions. "But I think we played very well; our seniors led us and our attack especially worked together cohesively as a unit."
Kniffen, a sophomore, registered three goals and two assists, as senior Peter Lindley led the team with four goals and an assist of his own. The Wave didn't just rely on those two, however, as five other Darien players scored goals in the contest.
"We're rotating six middies through and four attack evenly," Kniffen said of his team's depth. "Just constantly running everyone through and I feel like when you've got that many kids that can all play at a high level, it lends itself to a lot of people scoring a lot of goals."
The Blue Wave defense also shined, as it allowed only 12 shots and two goals on the afternoon.
"I think (Ludlowe) had a hard time generating shots because they had a hard time beating our defense," Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. "We did a good job denying them scoring opportunities, and that was the difference."
While Ludlowe (1-2, 0-2 FCIAC) didn't perform as well as it would have hoped, coach Chris Parisi isn't worried.
"We're going to get better as the year goes on," Parisi said. "We're a young team so playing an excellent veteran team like Darien early is more an example of how positive Darien was than how negative we were."
Junior Trevor Demilt scored both goals for the Falcons. Given Ludlowe's youth, and the high level of competition in the FCIAC, coach Parisi stressed the importance of being able to bounce back from a loss.
"Every year you play in the FCIAC you go and get your wheels knocked off sometimes," Parisi said. "You have to go right back out and play the next one, and that's just how it is. We'll just put the wheels back on tomorrow and hopefully we'll be that much better, every practice matters for us."
On the opposite sideline, Darien expressed great contentment with its continued hot start to 2014. Yet, the team is aware that the season is still very young at this point.
"I think we're all really excited starting off the season pretty well," Kniffen said. "But we have a couple big games coming up, so we have to really come out playing our best. We're still only three games into the season. There's a long way to go."
Darien 14, Fairfield-Ludlowe 2
Fairfield-Ludlowe 0 1 1 0 --2
Darien 5 3 4 2 --14
Records: FL: 1-2; D: 3-0. Scorers: FL-Trevor Demilt 2 goals; D- Peter Lindley 4g, 1 assist, John Reed 1g, 1a, Colin Minicus 2g, 1a, Jack Kniffen 3g, 2a, Hudson Hammill 1g, Timothy Lochtefeld 1g, Christian Trifone 1g, Goose Bolton 1g, Harry Gillespie 1a, Ian Burgoyne 1a, Matthew Vossler 2a. Goalies: FL-John Carey (7 saves); D-Paul Huffard (4), Robert Juterbock (2), Jamie Swiggett. Shots: FL-12; D-29.