Darien boys lacrosse rips visiting Yorktown
DARIEN -- After starting slowly and giving up the first goal, Darien went on a seven-goal tear and never looked back in a 15-3 victory over visiting Yorktown (N.Y.) on Thursday.
Yorktown's Billy Strassman scored five minutes into the game, but the Cornhuskers would not score again in the first half.
"We were pretty calm," Wave defenseman Mark Evanchick said after giving up the first goal. "We've had teams jump on us before. We knew if we kept our cool, our offense would go to work and we'd build a lead."
That offense very much went to work, tallying goals from eight different players, including a hat trick from Jake Kirby in his first breakout game of the season.
The Blue Wave improved to 8-0, 4-0 FCIAC.
"We've got a lot of weapons," Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. "And today was a new guy in Kirby ,who had a hat trick. Coming off hockey he needed a little time to get into a lacrosse zone and so now we rotated seven instead of six and it makes them play better."
That rotation is what Brameier said would be the key to his season. The coach knew he had depth but those players jelling would be the difference between good and great.
"That was my M.O. in the beginning of the season," Brameier said. "We're very deep, but how good we are is how well they come together and accept roles and splitting time, and right now it's working and there's great team chemistry."
Brameier also has the luxury of not having an opposing team go on any sort of run, as in the faceoff X he has a weapon in Andrew Pugliese, who can stymie offenses before they are able to get started.
"One goal's nothing,"Brameier said. "I think that it's just a matter of us knowing with Pugliese we're going to get a lot of extra possessions --so that's a huge advantage for us stopping runs."
Yorktown coach, Dave Marr said the difference in the game was emotion.
"We didn't have much gumption to the game," Marr said. "I don't think we're that bad, but they're very good, they were very pumped to play, you could tell by the emotions of the game. They were excited and we were going through the motions. It's a lesson learned and, hopefully, we can get it straightened out."
Despite the loss, which dropped Yorktown to 10-3, Marr has no issue with making the hour trek to play the Blue Wave in the sixth Tom Lener Memorial Game.
"I love it," Marr said. "It's great competition, Coach Brameier is an awesome coach and they play hard, so it's nice to get that kind of competition. Obviously, we'd like to have a little better showing, but that's life."
Darien 15, Yorktown (N.Y.) 3
YORKTOWN 1 0 2 0--3
DARIEN 4 3 3 5--15
Records: Yorktown 10-3, Darien 8-0, 4-0 FCIAC. Scoring: Y--Billy Strassman 1 goal 1 assist, Nick Santavicca 1g, Justin Cavallo 1g; D--Colin Minicus 3g 3a, Jake Kirby 3g 1a, Jack Book 2g, Christian Trifone 2g, Ian Burgoyne 1g, Kevin Lindley 2g 1a, Liam Rischmann 1g, Brendan Seiler 1g, Riley Stewart 2a, Hudson Hamill 1a, Rock Stewart 1a, Finlay Collins 1a, Logan McGovern 1a. Goalies: Y--Liam Donnelly (8 saves); D--Ryan Cornell (2), Philip Rech (2). Shots: Y--14; D--27.