Lindley scores six goals as Darien defeats Fairfield Ludlowe in season opener
Still, the Blue Wave were good enough to win their opener against a feisty opponent.
Peter Lindley scored six goals, three in each half, as the Blue Wave held off Fairfield Ludlowe 7-4 on Wednesday night at Taft Field.
"We came out a little slow," Lindley said. "We were able to pull out the win, which is all that matters."
Owen Koorbusch tallied Darien's other goal, and Phil Huffard stopped six shots for Darien.
"This was a good wake-up call for things we've got to work on," Brameier said.
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"Every time you see them it looks like they're in midseason form," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said of Darien. "We expected to be in a position to win, and we were."
The Blue Wave graduated two Division I players, Case Matheis (Duke) and Henry West (Cornell). In its first game without them, Darien's defense dominated, surrendering just 14 shots.
"Our goalie played hot, and our long poles played great," Brameier said. "Even the shots they did have weren't great."
With the Blue Wave up 4-3 early in the third, Lindley gave them some breathing room, scoring twice in 18 seconds, boosting the Blue Wave lead back to three.
"We were just trying to move the ball around and get the best look," Lindley said.
Darien controlled first-quarter possession and shots, but the Falcons' defense and Kryspin were able to keep the Blue Wave off the scoreboard. Lindley's goal 2:41 in put Darien out front 1-0 but was the period's lone tally.
"Our keeper is pretty darn good, too," Parisi said. "He made some big saves."
After Koorbusch and Lindley scored goals just 20 seconds apart, the Falcons answered. Mason scored two goals, and Robert Mitchell scored while Ludlowe was two-men down, tying the game at 3 late in the frame.
"We're mentally tough and seasoned," Parisi said. "We expect to give everyone a real run."
"We made a couple of mistakes, and all of a sudden we were in a dog fight," Brameier said.
Lindley's two-man-up goal just 26 seconds later gave the Blue Wave the lead for good.
"They had a lot of opportunities," Parisi said. "We blew a lot of clears."