Matheis sets new record, boys win state lax title
Published 2:37 pm, Monday, June 14, 2010
New Fairfield boys lacrosse coach Marty Morgan could only shake his head and tip his cap to the victors.
"Every year in the state tournament teams get rocked by a swarm of those blue jerseys," Morgan said. "It's the same blue jerseys. They just have different names on them every year."
And such was the case Saturday as Darien took home the 2010 M Division state crown for its sixth consecutive state championship.
"We're trying to get our program there. But Darien is a machine," Morgan said. "Everybody wants what Darien already has. 1,500 kids in the town youth program. 100 kids fighting for roster spots every year.
"Still, if we played them 100 times I don't think my team would win just once," Morgan continued. "But we had to play well today and that wasn't in our favor. We lost to a great, great boys lacrosse program."
If the subject for discussion is Connecticut state boys lacrosse championships, Darien is indeed the New York Yankees.
"Every season is hard," said veteran Darien coach Jeff Brameier. "That's why I stress to the kids that you'll always remember the last game of every season the most. That's why this title and all the state titles are special."
Saturday's championship game is one that Darien sophomore Case Matheis won't ever forget, turning the contest into his personal highlight film.
He finished with nine goals and five assists, including seven tallies in the first half when Darien (20-3) took control at 6-2 after one quarter and 9-3 at halftime.
"I didn't dream about scoring all these goals last night. I just dreamed about winning this championship," Matheis said. "The goals just came. I was the guy in the right places at the right times."
"Matheis is so awesome," Morgan said. "He is just phenomenal. He had seven goals on eight shots in the first half. Nobody can do better than that."
It was an afternoon where Darien's offense and defense never allowed New Fairfield (19-3) to settle into the contest.
"The early turnovers killed our confidence. We didn't cash in the opportunities that were there," Morgan said. "We had all kinds of ideas and plans drawn up for our offense. We couldn't get into any of them. Darien pressed us and we couldn't clear the ball."
"We beat Greenwich, Fairfield Prep, Weston and Rye, N.Y. this season. But Darien is a whole other deal," Costabile said. "Darien plays so hard. And Case (Matheis) had a great game."
The early lead allowed Darien to unveil a different side to its offense.
"Most of our games the offensive mantra has been `Be Patient. Be Patient.' because the scores were tight," Brameier said. "We got the lead and kids didn't need to worry as much because one turnover wasn't going to kill us. The result was our offense was electric. It's fun to move the ball quickly, charge to the front of the net and score. Our transition game was great. Our reads were great. And our plays set Case up for a record-setting day. New Fairfield got hit by a buzzsaw."
Darien's defense in front of Cornell-bound senior goalie Andrew West (11 saves) was physical, aggressive and in command. Andy Scalesi was the lone New Fairfield player to score two goals.
"For me, this is the icing on the cake," West said. "Four state titles in four years. No program does this."
Matheis scored the only goal of the third period for a 10-3 lead. The clock became New Fairfield's enemy as Darien's second offensive unit dazzled over the final five minutes.
"Six straight state titles is a testament to the program. We've set the bar. Now the chase begins for title No. 7," Brameier said. "Winning the state title means I can smile all summer long. But there is pressure on the kids and the whole program to keep it going. By winning today the question everywhere else isn't `What happened to Darien?' it's `We've got to beat Darien?'
"For our guys, they're living the dream they all had when they were very young," Brameier continued. "And they're living the dream for that next generation of kids watching in the stands. It's so special to be a part of this program."