Darien boys lacrosse too much for Yorktown (N.Y.)
YORKTOWN — Darien’s title defense got off to a roaring start Saturday.
Ranked No. 6 in America to start the season, the defending FCIAC and Class L champion Blue Wave picked up right where they left off last season, defeating host Yorktown (N.Y.) 12-3 on the road behind some stingy defense and a variety of offense in a macthup of tri-state powers.
“Obviously defensively we played great, team defense is really what kept us in control,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “They had a lot of possessions but they didn’t get a lot of pressure on us offensively.”
Darien, No. 6 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first and never looked back, highlighted by a five-goal fourth quarter.
Darien had goals from eight different players in the contest with Jack Kniffin notching a hat trick and Colin Minicus chipping in four assists and one tally.
The impressive performance had Yorktown coach Dave Marr scratching his head after the contest.
“If you look at the team, physically they’re stronger, faster, bigger than most other teams,” said Marr, who lead the Cornhuskers to the NYSPHAA Class B semifinals last season. “They’re just better and offensively they move the ball really well; our defense is good but when they move the ball that well you’re going to give up goals.”
The Cornhuskers were led by senior goalie Liam Donnelly, who had 12 saves in the contest that has become a tradition between the two notoriously powerful programs.
“We’ve been playing a long, long time,” Marr said. “It’s good for us to play a nationally ranked team and get a chance to see where we are and obviously we need a lot of work.”
Darien did nothing Saturday to dispel its national ranking.
“We’re cautiously optimistic and certainly confident,” Brameier said. “We wanted to make sure we stepped up and played to our capabilities, at times we did and at times we played like it was the first game, which is to be expected.”
What Brameier liked most about the win is the preparation for a tough slate of Saturday games to come. If Darien is to repeat as champs it will certainly have to run the gauntlet to get there.
“This is the kind of game we play to get ready for all the big games we have coming up,” Brameier said. “It’s a great rivalry and it’s great to come away with a victory and next week is Niskayuna (N.Y., the reinging NYPHSAA Class A champion) and then Manhasset (N.Y., Class B runner up) then Wilton and then New Canaan so it’s important to get that Saturday big-game feeling.”
YORKTOWN (N.Y.) 3
DARIEN 3 2 2 5—12
YORKTOWN 0 1 0 2—3
Records: Darien 1-0; Yorktown 3-1.
Scoring: D—Finlay Collins 1 goal, Liam Rischmann 1g, Riley Stewart 1g 1 assist, Colin Minicus 1g 4a, Jack Kniffin 3g, Kevin Lindley 2g, Hudson Hamill 2g, Logan McGovern 1g; Y—Kyle Casey 1g, Justin Cavallo 1a, Anthony Altimari 1g, Ryan Curran 1g. Goalies: D—Ryan Cornell (7 saves); Y—Liam Donnelly (12). Shots: D—37; Y—15.