Boys Lacrosse: Darien rolls by Wilton
DARIEN — It took the high-powered Darien offense roughly nine minutes to get going Saturday against Wilton.
Once it did however there was no turning back as the Blue Wave rolled over the Warriors 17-3 to remain undefeated on the season.
Darien, which is No. 5 in the Under Armoud/Inside Lacrosse national poll, was paced by Kevin Lindley and his seven goals.
“He’s a great presence off-ball,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said of Lindley, who scored most of his goals on catch-and-shoot opportunities. “Guys like (Colin) Minicus and Hudson (Hamill) and Jack (Kniffin) know to find him and that’s the beauty of our offense; we’re not a dodge-and-score team we’re a move and move the ball, and get the second and third pass, share the wealth team — there was a lot of guys scoring today.”
After Lindley scored the first for the Wave (7-0, 4-0 FCIAC) Kniffin added four goals and two assists while Minicus and Hamill orchestrated the offense with four assists apiece.
Wilton took the lead in the contest on a goal from Connor Drake and added one in the second from Brian Calabrese and third from Kieran McGovern, but it wasn’t enough against the driven Darien team that didn’t overlook the matchup with the Warriors (3-3, 1-3).
“You can’t ever look past Wilton,” Brameier said. “They’ve had some big wins themselves already, you watch them beat Fairfield Prep and beat Glastonbury, they’re a young team in many positions but they’re talented — I credit my kids; they understood what I talked to them about, to not take them lightly and they didn’t.”
Wilton tried to hang tough behind dominance at the faceoff X from Rocco Romeo but couldn’t capitalize on all the extra possessions.
“At the end of the day we had 19 turnovers, you can’t turn the ball over against a team like that or they’ll make you pay,” Wilton coach John Wiseman said. “We were winning the faceoffs, so we had to possess the ball a little more, take care of it a little more to take the pressure off our Dl but we kept turning it over, and the equation doesn’t work when you turn it over as we did, when you play Darien you have to be as close to perfect as you can.”
Darien has been perfect so far this season; after defeating New York teams Manhasset, Niskayuna and Yorktown the previous three Saturdays, the slate gets even tougher next week with a home matchup against archrival and UA/IL No. 7 New Canaan.
“We just take it one game at a time,” Lindley said. “We have goals we always talk about in the locker room, we work in practice every single day and this is our final product so we must be doing something right.”
DARIEN 17, WILTON 3
WILTON 1 1 1 0—3
DARIEN 4 4 5 4—17
Records: Wilton 3-3, 1-3; Darien 7-0, 4-0. Scoring: W—Connor Drake 1 goal, Brian Calabrese 1g, Kieran McGovern 1g, Harrison Bardwell 1 assist, Joseph Murtha 1a; D—Kevin Lindley 7g, Jack Kniffin 4g 2a, Riley Stewart 1g 1a, Colin Minicus 1g 4a, Liam Rischmann 1g, Jake Kirby 1g, Tanner Strub 1g, Jack Book 1g, Hudson Hamill 4a, Finlay Collins 1a. Goalies: W—Andrew Calabrese (5 saves), Matthew Brody (1); D—Ryan Cornell (5 saves), Andrew Clarke (1). Shots: W—20; D—39.