Darien girls lacrosse rips South Windsor to advance
Published 9:14 pm, Tuesday, June 2, 2015
DARIEN -- Thanks to the typically congested traffic of Southwest Connecticut, Darien had to wait an extra hour and 15 minutes to start its first-round Class L state playoff game with visiting South Windsor.
When some teams may have been thrown off by the delay Darien forward Katie Cronin won the opening draw and then ran the length of the field to score. The Blue Wave would never look back, drubbing the Bobcats 19-2 at home.
"It was a long day," Wave coach Lisa Lindley said. "We watched film for an hour, we warmed up for a long time and then had to come out and play, but I was happy with the way they came out, they came out strong."
Lindley expects her team to come out the same way Thursday in the second round when it faces FCIAC-rival, Staples, a team it defeated 17-6 earlier in the year.
"We're going to have to come out strong, they're a good team and we started slow against them last time," Lindley said of the Wreckers. "I think we'll be up for it, we'll have to get the draw, that's going to be the huge indicator in that game."
Lindley will again be relying on Cronin to win the draw control, something she excelled at Tuesday, taking the majority even when her team was up by a large margin.
"She dominated today," Lindley said. "She drew some to herself which was awesome and the girl who does the draws for Staples is very good so it's going to be a battle."
Winning the draw and dominating time of possession was a big difference in Tuesday's game. The Blue Wave got off 22 shots to just nine from South Windsor, connecting on 19 from 13 different players.
Anna Moorhead stayed hot for Darien, who was now gone 52 consecutive games without losing to a Connecticut opponent, scoring three times and notching two assists.
Junior Schuyler van den Broek added two more in the second half ,where Anna Stein dominated as a facilitator, tallying three assists and adding a goal of her own.
South Windsor's two goals both came in the second half, one each from Sierra Hibbs and Bridget Kelly.
After winning the FCIAC crown in triple overtime last Thursday Darien had no letdown, and it started with the way it performed in practice. Something that was evident as every player on the roster got into Tuesday's game, most making a tangible impact.
"Something that we've been focusing on all year is not playing to the level of your opponent and keeping a high intensity," Lindley said. "I thought we had a very good day of practice yesterday, we have some good competitiveness within our program so I think that transfers over to the field."
Darien 19, South Windsor 2
SOUTH WINDSOR 0 2--2
DARIEN 12 7--19
Scoring: SW--Sierra Hibbs 1 goal, Bridget Kelly 1g; D--Katie Cronin 1g, Anna Moorhead 3g 2 assists, Mariah Matheis 2g 1a, Laura Murphy 2g, Chandler Kirby 2g, Gabriella Noto 1g 1a, Sussanah Ropp 1g, Katie Ramsay 1g, Emma Hagey 1g, Schuyler van den Broek 2g, Anna Stein 1g 3a, Murphy Grady 1g, Daniella Dunn 1g. Goalies: SW--Caitlin Gilligan (4 saves); D--Sammy Nielsen (3), Izzy Scribiano (1). Shots: SW--9; D--22.