NORWALK — As rain fell from the heavens at Brien McMahon High School Saturday afternoon so did shots off the sticks of the Darien players.

By the time the skies cleared at the half the top-ranked Blue Wave already held a 10-goal advantage, cruising to an 18-3 win over No. 2 Simsbury for their second straight Class L title and third straight state championship, putting an exclamation point at the end of a perfect 23-0 season.

It’s special,” 33-year coach Jeff Brameier said of what his Darien team was able to accomplish this season. “They set all kinds of records; three-peat in the FCIACs three-peat in states, the things that you get most impressed about is Colin (Minicus) and Hudson (Hamill) getting assist records. We broke the single-season scoring record on a goal per-game average, we were over 16 per-game which we’ve never done in the history of our program.”

It was easy to see how Darien was able to accomplish that Saturday as Kevin Lindley scored 45 seconds into the contest and the Blue Wave never looked back. Lindley finished with three goals while Jack Kniffin and Riley Stewart also notched hat-tricks and Finlay Collins, Liam Rischmann and Colin Minicus added two apiece.

“It’s bittersweet,” Kniffin, a senior, said after the game. “I came off the field and was tearing up a little bit. I gave coach a hug; I’m going to miss Kevin and Colin, my attack buddies, but we set the goal at the beginning of the year, the captains got together and said we’re going 23-0.

“We knew we had the personnel, we had the best team in the state and we wanted to go out there and prove that, so we’re super excited we could go fulfill those dreams.”

Simsbury came into the contest confident and with a chance to win its first state title, but was overwhelmed by the lacrosse machine that is Darien.

“They might not realize that now but I’m sure they will,” Trojan coach Jim Martocchio said of how special a season they’ve had.

“I was trying to tell them all game, it’s a big honor to be here and they worked their butts off to get here and to knock a bunch of monkeys off our backs that have been holding us back year after year. It felt really good. We thought that momentum might take us through today, but then you run into Darien.”

Early in the year Darien’s only flaw was at the faceoff X, but under the tutelage of former Wave star and current Boston University player Andrew Pugliese, sophomore Tanner Strub turned in his best performance on the biggest stage.

“Tanner Strub was integral in the success of today and the way it snowballed,” Brameier said. “Today against a very good kid (Demitri George) who dominated (Fairfield) Prep Tanner had his career day, so for a sophomore to step up on a big stage was a huge statement.”

All Darien has done the past three years is make statements, after also going undefeated and winning Class M in 2014 the Blue Wave jumped to Class L last year and have taken that title in both chances.

“We rolled extremely well today; we picked up all the ground balls, we’ve got great chemistry,” Kniffin said. “I think today was a microcosm of our season and our team.”

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DARIEN 18, SIMSBURY 3

SIMSBURY 1 1 0 1—3

DARIEN 6 6 3 3—18

Scoring: D—Kevin Lindley 3 goals, Finlay Collins 2g, Liam Rischmann 2g, Colin Minicus 2g 2 assists, Jack Kniffin 3g 1a, Riley Stewart 3g 1a, Hudson Hamill 1g 3a, Jake Kirby 1g, Nick Green 1g; S—Keith Penny 1g, Torben Wunderle 1g, Willem Rooney 1g. Goalies: D—Ryan Cornell (5 saves), Andrew Clarke (1); S—Colin Walsh (7). Shots: D—30; S—10.