Darien girls lacrosse opens with win at Yorktown (N.Y.)
YORKTOWN, N.Y. — For the Darien girls lacrosse team the first game of the season was business as usual.
The Blue Wave traveled to New York to take on Yorktown Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 12-9.
“I’m very happy coming into Yorktown and coming out with a quality win because they’re very good,” Darien coach Lisa Lindley said. “…being our opener I think we played pretty well so I’m pleased.”
As has been the case for much of Lindley’s tenure, Darien showed its talent and, more importantly, depth in the win.
“Our depth is our strength, it really is,” Lindley said. “I have a lot of juniors and seniors and some sophomores in the mix so there’s not a lot of fall off.”
The Blue Wave — who opened the season ranked No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse Women’s National High School Power Rankings — had four players score goals with Katie Cronin and Laura Murphy combining for seven.
Cronin had three big goals in the second half to help hold off Yorktown; two off free positions and one on a transition breakaway.
“I thought Cronin had a good second half,” Lindley said. “She had some key goals but overall it was a huge team effort and we got this win because we were all on the same page and that’s our team philosophy — everyone’s involved.”
Darien and Yorktown have scrimmaged in the past, but Saturday marked the first time since 2007 that the teams have squared off in an official contest.
“I’ve known Lisa a long time, over 20 years,” Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said. “We haven’t played them in a long time and Darien is one of the most respected programs in the tri-state area, so it’s a great opportunity to play great competition. We looked forward to it, but we didn’t play as well as we would have liked.”
Yorktown (2-1) was able to get off to a quick start, which Mager attributed to having practiced and played games already, but eventually turnovers and the Darien attack overtook the Huskers.
“I think that we had an advantage because we’ve been practicing longer,” Mager said. “I think that showed up early, but they’re a really fast team and a really smart team, we were way too sloppy with the ball and you can’t give the ball away to a good team and expect to win.”
As far as the long-distance rivalry goes Lindley is all for continuing it — win, lose or draw.
“I love playing Yorktown,” Lindley said. “Ellen is a great coach and I know they’re going to be well-coached and it’s going to be a quality game, so win or lose I’ll play them every year.”
YORKTOWN (N.Y.) 9
DARIEN 8 4—12
YORKTOWN 5 4—9
Records: Darien 1-0; Yorktown 2-1.
Scoring: D—Kaeleigh Morrill 1 goal, Sussanah Ropp 2g, Anna Stein 1 assist, Laura Murphy 4g, Katie Cronin 3g; Y—Julia Cook 1a, Katie Comerford 4g, Rilea Fusco 1g 1a, Michele Seger 2g 1a, Casey Duff 2g, Caroline Garti 1a.
Goalies: D—Carly Schoudel (2 saves); Y—Catherine Calidonna (7); Shots: D—20; Y—14.