Darien girls lacrosse opens season in grand fashion
DARIEN — The winter coats of the members of the 2017 Darien High School girls lacrosse team came in handy on a raw April Saturday morning.
The coats are instructive as well as the Blue Wave program’s lengthy championship resume are tastefully monogrammed on the back.
Those titles did not come from pomp and circumstances. They came from hard work.
And Darien’s effort Saturday produced a 14-0 second half and a 20-4 non-league, season-opening home triumph over Yorktown Heights (NY) High School at Darien stadium.
“My point at halftime is we can’t expect to just walk on the field and it happens,” said Darien’s vteran coach Lisa Lindley after Yorktown scored twice in the last three minutes to close to 6-4 at intermission. “We cleaned some things up at halftime and went to work.”
The Darien victory was impressive considering the limited amount of outdoor preseason practice time due to March’s horrible weather along with Yorktown already having a game (15-12 win over Lakeland-Panas) under its belt.
“In my mind, I feel like we are a week behind schedule,” Lindley said. “Considering all the obstacles, I’m pleased with today’s result.”
It is easy to say that Darien merely reloads after graduating a senior class of 10 that walked away with four state championships and four FCIAC titles in its time.
However, chemistry — with new players or players in new roles — takes time to develop. One can’t run the Psycho offensive set to perfection in a day.
Darien’s offense kicked into high gear in the second half (including five powerplay goals) as Blue Wave junior Katie Ramsay won 90 percent of her faceoffs Saturday.
“Katie’s dominance on faceoffs changed the momentum of the contest,” Lindley said.
The Yorktown defense didn’t know who to stop. Senior Laura Murphy collected five goals and three assists. Junior Emma Jacques had four goals and two assists. Anna Stein had a goal and four assists. Nicole Humphrey finished with three goals and two assists.
“When we moved the ball quicker in the second half, it created the openings to score,” Lindley said.
“We have a young defense corps this season,” said Yorktown coach Kate Mager. “Darien is a great team. Their scorers come at you in waves. We couldn’t clear the ball. And we made a huge number of mistakes.”
Darien senior goalie Carly Schoudel made three saves in important moments while the Blue Wave defense led by seniors Emma Lesko, Logan Book and Annie Wright were stout throughout.
“Our defense passed a good test today,” Lindley said.
DARIEN 20, YORKTOWN (NY) 4
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS (NY) 4 0—4
DARIEN 6 14—20
Records: Yorktown Heights (NY) 1-1; Darien 1-0.
Scoring: Y—Riley Fusco 1 goal, Michelle Seger 1g, Caitlin Keenaghan 1g, Mckenna Duff 1g, Caroline Gantil 1 assist. D—Laura Murphy 5g, 3a; Nicole Humphrey 3g, 2a; Anna Stein 1g, 4a; Emma Jacques 4g, 2a; Katie Elders 2g; Ashley Humphrey 1g; Christine Fiore 2g; Charlotte Harmon 1a; Katie Ramsay 1g; Mason Maloney 1g. Goalies: Y—Lexi Delbene (10 saves), Olivia DeCecco (0 saves). D— Carly Schoudel (3 saves), Maggie Brooks (1 save).
Highlights: D—Katie Ramsay won 90 percent of her faceoffs.