Darien beats Manhasset in Battle of the Sound clash
RIDGEFIELD — The Darien lacrosse team has traditional rivalries with the likes of New Canaan and Greenwich, but every spring there is another game it has circled on the calendar.
That is the date the Blue Wave take on Manhasset from Long Island in the annual Battle of the Sound.
So, when then Wave came off the field with an 11-8 victory at Tiger Hollow in Ridgefield, it seemed much bigger than a run of the mill early season, out-of-league game.
It was also a matchup of two unbeaten, Top 25 nationally ranked teams, helping ratchet up the intensity, as well.
“It is a big rivalry. We look at it just as big as any team in the FCIAC,” Darien senior Colin Minicus said. “To go back and forth with them every year is always fun. This is my last time playing them and I am definitely going to miss it, but we go out with three in a row for us and that is certainly a positive.”
Kevin Lindley had three goals with Jack Book, Colin Minicus, Hudson Hamill and Jack Kniffen each tallying twice for the Blue Wave who remain unbeaten at 5-0.
Darien came into the game No. 5 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Rankings. Manhasset, which is ranked No. 14, suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 5-1.
Host Ridgefield beat Garden City, N.Y. 10-2 in the late game of the Battle of the Sound twin bill .
After Darien raced out to a 3-0 lead the Indians were only twice able to trim the deficit to two with Darien capitalizing on several miscues, scoring in transition.
“The transition game hurt us big time,” Manhasset coach Bill Cherry said. “We talked all week about having to get back because we knew they would get out and run and they did. At times we controlled the ball, but at times we got impatient and you can’t do that. We have to be disciplined against a great team and it is always a pleasure playing them.”
Darien extended the lead to 10-5 at the end of the third quarter, controlling the ball in the fourth quarter and thwarting any comeback attempts.
“What we were hoping to do is get into some good offense and we have a lot of different weapons and it is tough to match up with all of them,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “We took advantage of some good ball movement and found our scoring opportunities. To their credit we jumped out to a lead and they pounded right back and never let us get comfortable all the way to the end.”
DARIEN 11, MANHASSET 8
MANHASSET (NY) 0 4 1 3—8
DARIEN 2 5 3 1—11
Records: D - 5-0; M - 5-1
Scoring: D - Jack Book 2g; Kevin Lindley 3g, 1a; Colin Minicus 2g, 2a; Jack Kniffen 2g; Hudson Hamill 2g, 2a; Finlay Collins 1a. M - Kevin Mack 4g; Steven Schneider 1g; Gillen Caliendo 1g; Kyle Cherry 1a; Jack Miller 1g; Jack Keough 2a; Ed Arnold 1g Goalies: D - Ryan Cornell 8 saves. M - Brendan Haggerty 16 saves