DARIEN -- Normally in girls lacrosse April is a time to gain experience, accept challenges and to see what things -- good, bad or indifferent -- you can carry over to playoff time in late May and June.
However, the Darien High School girls lacrosse program has a tradition built on higher standards.
The Blue Wave motto in April is every moment can be a great moment.
Darien added another page to its history Saturday by pulling out an 11-10 victory over Farmingdale (NY) at the Blue Wave lacrosse complex.
The win not only left Darien at 4-0 in the young campaign. But it was the first time in Blue Wave girls lacrosse history that Darien beat Long Island powers Garden City (NY) (10-9 OT on the road last Wednesday) and Farmingdale in the same season.
"It's the first time we've beaten Farmingdale in four years. And to beat Garden City as well -- all in the same week. That's huge," said Darien veteran head coach Lisa Lindley. "The team should be very happy."
Neither triumph came easily for Darien. The Blue Wave led 6-4 at halftime and 10-8 with 3:44 left to play before Farmingdale (5-4) forged a 10-10 deadlock with 38.6 seconds to go.
However, Dillon Schoen converted an Emily Stein pass with 24.4 seconds left to cap a three-goal performance and give the Blue Wave faithful a reason to cheer.
"On the game-winning goal, I was wide open. Emily (Stein) gave me a beautiful pass," Schoen said. "Farmindale's goalie (Olivia Kirk) was really good today. I knew I had to shoot the ball low to score."
Katherine Cronin (four goals) paced the Darien attack while Stein (two goals, two assists) and Hollis Perticone (two goals, one assist) were other major contributors.
The work of Perticone (a Middlebury College committ) on faceoffs allowed Darien to dominate ball possession for the opening 45 minutes.
But Farmingdale won nearly every faceoff down the stretch to rally.
"We did change our philosophy on the faceoffs at the end," Farmingdale head coach Shari Campbell said. "We decided to let Darien win the actual draw but our focus moved to acquiring the loose ball."
The work of Kirk in net (12 saves) also allowed Farmingdale to make its late surge.
"We had good looks. We just didn't bury shots," Lindley said. "Their goalie played well. We missed a lot of point blank chances."
"Olivia Kirk was unbelievable. She is our best athlete," Campbell said. "She brings this type of performance every single game."
Bridget Weill (three goals) and Emily Marlow (four goals, two assists, Farmingdale's final two goals) paced the Lady Dalers' attack at Darien goalie Kyra Gardner (7 saves). Darien outshot Farmingdale, 29-19.
Despite the encouraging victory, Darien knows its no time to rest on its laurels.
"I'm a perfectionist. So there's always room for us to improve. Always more work to be done," Lindley said. "We'll use this as a learning experience. A step toward where we need to be in late May and June."
Darien 11, Farmingdale, N.Y. 10
FARMINGDALE, NY 4 6 --10
DARIEN 6 5 --11
Records: Farmingdale NY 5-4; Darien 4-0.
Scoring: F -- Bridget Weill 3 goals; Emily Marlow 4g, 2 assists; Sam Brescia 1g, 1a; Zoe Zebersky 1g; Jill Alonzo 1g; Chrissy Kelly 1a. D -- Katherine Cronin 4g; Emily Stein 2g, 2a; Hollis Perticone 2g, 1a; Dillon Schoen 3g; Elizabeth Fucigna 1a. Goalie Saves: F -- Olivia Kirk (12 saves). D -- Kyra Gardner (7 saves).
Highlights: D -- Schoen scores game-winner off Stein assist with 24.4 seconds to play. 1st time that Darien has beaten Farmingdale (NY) and Garden City (NY) in same season.