Three weeks ago the Darien boys lacrosse team scratched out a tough, hard-fought 12-8 win at Greenwich High School in one of the closest games of what has been an unblemished year.
In front of a home crowd Saturday afternoon the defending state champs found the sailing much smoother against the Cardinals in the Class L quarterfinals.
Darien scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back as the top-ranked Wave defeated Greenwich 17-6. With the win, Darien (19-0) will face No. 5 Glastonbury (16-3) in the Class L semis Wednesday at a time and site to be determined.
Photo by Terry Dinan
Scene from Saturday’s Class L quarterfinal between Darien and Greenwich.
The Tomahawks were 14-9 winners over Ridgefield in their quarterfinal match. The Wave got out to a quick lead as goals from Brian Minicus, Kevin Lindley and Logan McGovern gave Darien a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
Scores from McGovern and Matt Meyjes extended the Blue Wave lead to 5-0 before Greenwich attackman Matt Baugher netted the Cards’ first goal to make it 5-1. Teammate Bailey Savio scored shortly thereafter to cut the Wave lead to 5-2, but Darien countered with goals from Lindley and Minicus to make it 7-2 Wave at the half.
The Wave came out firing after the half, as a goal from Lindley and two scores from McGovern made it 10-2 Darien.
Scene from Saturday's Class L quarterfinal between Darien and Greenwich.
The Cards got a score from Addison Muir to get back to within 10-3, but Darien answered immediately off the draw on McGovern’s fourth goal of the game to get back up 11-3.
Sophomore attackman Jack Feda breathed some life into the Cardinals hopes, scoring twice in a ten-second span to cut the Wave lead to 11-5, but McGovern nailed a backbreaking goal just before the end of the third quarter to extend the Wave lead to 12-5.
After the Cards drew first blood in the fourth on a Jack O’Conner goal, Lindley and Henri Pfeifle scored the first two of five consecutive goals for the Wave, as Darien coasted to the 17-6 win.