Darien uses 8-goal run to beat Warde in girls lacrosse
FAIRFIELD — With two minutes left in the first half, the Warde girls lacrosse team had to be feeling like it was on cloud nine.
Attacker Olivia Seymour had just scored to tie the game with Darien — the three-time defending Class L champion — and the Mustangs were playing like a team that had all the confidence in the world.
But the Blue Wave aren’t the defending state champs for nothing. Darien scored three goals in the last 45 seconds of the first half, part of an eight-goal run, to take control of the game, en route to a 12-4 victory Tuesday at Tetreau-Davis Field.
“You can never relax, not for one second,” Warde coach Tom Davis said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Darien, or whoever’s in the FCIAC, you can’t relax. They win the draw, they score … they win the draw, they score. You’re not safe with a 10-goal lead.”
It was the season debut for the Mustangs, who went 9-6-1 last spring and lost in the opening round of the Class L tournament. Darien, which has 14 state titles and 14 FCIAC crowns in the school’s trophy case, defeated Yorktown (N.Y.) in its opener on Saturday.
The Blue Wave have won four straight FCIAC titles and seven state championships in the last 10 years. Only once, in 2005, has Darien not advanced at least into the state quarterfinals.
But for the opening 23 minutes of the first half, the Mustangs gave the Blue Wave all they could handle. Darien goals from Emma Jaques (two) and Kaeleigh Morrill were offset by Warde goals from Libby McKenna, Sarah Adams and Seymour to make it a 3-3 game with 1:53 left in the first half.
“They (Warde) are a very good, very strong team,” Darien coach Lisa Lindley. “We were tied there and we were having a real hard time penetrating on offense. Their goalie (Rebekah Snitkoff) played a great game. We did not execute the way I would have liked in the first half.”
However, Susannah Ropp scored twice, with 43.5 seconds left and with 22.3 seconds left, and Katherine Cronin scored with 10.8 seconds left to give Darien a 6-3 halftime lead and crush any momentum the Mustangs might have had.
Five straight Darien goals in the second half gave the Blue Wave a comfortable 11-3 lead before Amanda Orvis finally ended the Darien run with 7:40 to play.
“I think, overall, our girls played a great game,” Davis said. “It was 6-3 at halftime and we were right in the game. We were just playing aggressive, trying to deny cuts to the net. I think we played a very good game both offensively and defensively. We lost but I’m extremely proud of how the girls played.”
DARIEN 12, WARDE 4
DARIEN 6 6—12
WARDE 3 1—4
Records: Darien 2-0, Warde 0-1. Scoring: D— Kaeleigh Morrill 3 g; Emma Jaques 3 g; Susannah Ropp 2 g, 2 a; Katherine Cronin 1g, 1a; Laura Murphy 1 g; Chandler Kirby 1 g; Schuyler van den Broek 1g; Kendell Wisinski 1a; Christine Fiore 1a. W — Libby McKenna 1 g, 2 a; Amanda Orvis 1 g; Olivia Seymour 1 g; Sarah Adams 1 g; Courtney Scheetz 1a. Goalies: D — Carly Schoudel (3 saves), Georgia Cassidy (3); W — Rebekah Snitkoff (16 saves)