Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cristian Pannuto

The Darien Girls Lacrosse had their seemingly unstoppable 107 game win streak shattered by New Canaan on June 5th. Not all hope was lost, as two goals by Darien’s Nicole Humphrey and Kendall Wisinski forced the score to a tie of 11-11. With everything starting to look positive, New Canaan managed to snatch the ball into their offensive. With only 3 minutes left New Canaan ended it with one final goal, leaving the final score at 12-11 and ending Darien’s winning streak.
Senior, Christine Fiore heading towards goal. (Courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Boys Varsity volleyball team faced a tough and intense game against Ridgefield on May 23. The boys are super excited for FCIAC’s and have been working very hard to prepare for the challenge that the team knows it will have to face. Ridgefield has also shown to be training for the season very hard, as they have had many successful games in the past season. The team’s momentum and strive for success was ready to carry the boys into a difficult game that awaited them. 

In the first set, DHS lost to Ridgefield by 5 points, leaving Darien with a score of 20 and the Ridgefield Tigers a score of 25. In the second set, the boys showed some improvement in scoring 22 points while Ridgefield scored 25. However, after a small spurt of what seemed to be success, the boys once again lost to Ridgefile in their third set with a score of 19 to 25. Despite the upsetting loss, the team is still ready to give their all in the last games of the season. 

 "I am super excited for our post season FCIAC and State's games that are upcoming,” happily said sophomore John Barsanti, “I believe that we are playing well as a team, but we need to keep working even harder to achieve our goals that we set at the beginning of the season. We are all so close, so I know that if we play together, as a team, we can achieve whatever we set our minds to."
Junior Tyler Herget gets ready to spike the ball (Courtesy DAF)

The Undefeated Wave

Brianna Lyons

The odds were never in our favor last Thursday, when we played against Wilton. The refs were not on our side, most of the fans were also against us. Every team in connecticut wanted the 7 time defending champions of the FCIACs. Unfortunately, for all the haters, Darien came out on top winning with a score of 11- 10.

At first, the game was not going our way. The refs called everything on us, the ball was never truly on our side, and we had a breakdown in defense and riding causing 3 goals to go in the first few minutes. The wave pride still stood though, and after cheerful words from coach Lindley, the wave came back tying the game 7-7 by the first half.

The second half was an uphill battle for both teams. It was like watching a game of ping pong. Wilton scored, than Darien Scored, than Wilton again. So on so forth until the last few minutes when Darien held the ball for two minutes straight. In the end Darien Scored a last few minutes goal ending the game 11-10.

Now Darien Girls Lacrosse is going on to play Staples in the first round of states.   
Darien girls lacrosse celebrate their win (Photo Courtesy DAF)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Boys Lacrosse Beats New Canaan 13-12 For Another FCIAC Championship

Will Pegler

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team took on the New Canaan Rams on Friday at Brien McMahon High School in the FCIAC Championship.  It was a back and forth game throughout, as both sides went on scoring runs and made big defensive stops.

Senior goalie Sean Collins made several big saves throughout, including his biggest of the night when New Canaan took one final shot as the clock ran out, Collins blocked it with ease and the Wave's celebration began. Sean made a total of four massive saves down the stretch, as New Canaan threw everything they could at him to try and tie the game in the final few minutes.

Senior attack Logan McGovern was the MVP of the game, scoring two goals and assisting on several others. The captain seemed to be involved on just about every Darien goal, and acted as the straw that stirred the drink throughout the night. The Wave went on a huge offensive run in the middle of the 2nd quarter, scoring five unanswered goals and stretching their lead to 7-3. The Rams were able to battle back though, scoring a few quick goals and making the halftime score just 7-6 in Darien's favor.

Senior attack Logan McGovern looks to make a play behind the net. 
In the second half scoring came from a myriad of players for the Wave, including seniors Brian Minicus (two goals) and Tanner Strub, along with sophomore Jackson Peters. The offense struggled a bit in the fourth quarter, but junior Hudson Pokorny scored an amazing goal in the final minutes to give Darien a 13-12 lead that they never relinquished.

New Canaan scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 12-12. Eventually, though, the Wave's defense was able to settle down and play at their normal caliber, not allowing the Rams to score again for the rest of the game. Defensive efforts were led by seniors Matt Gould and Andrew Darby, both of whom had to deal with a talented New Canaan attack throughout the game.

Darby was proud of his team's efforts but knows that they could have done more, simply telling me, "It was an awesome win. I thought we could have played a lot better though."

This FCIAC Championship was the team's 73rd consecutive win, and they will look to continue to strive for perfection in the state tournament over the next few weeks. It is very likely that the Wave will face New Canaan for a third time in the tournament, where the Rams will try to actually beat Darien in something.

Varsity Baseball Beats Staples For Second FCIAC Title in Three Years

Will Pegler

The Blue Wave Varsity Baseball team capped off their magical FCIAC tournament run at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford on Thursday night with an extra innings win over Staples. The Wave's tournament run was mainly carried by their strong pitching and defense, but last night the offense erupted, as they put up 13 hits and were getting base runners on at will.

The offense came from all ends of the lineup for the Wave, but was led by seniors Fin Batson and Arthur Xanthos. Batson finished the night with three doubles, while Xanthos had three singles, including a base knock that put the Wave ahead by a run in the top of the eighth inning. Seniors Harry Rayhill and junior Mac McLean each drove in two runs, while senior Max Gasvoda came up big with two hits of his own.

The game was tied at four heading into the eighth, but Xanthos' single with the bases loaded gave the Wave the lead and McLean's single added two more, stretching the lead to 7-4.

Senior Arthur Xanthos drives one of
his three singles on the night.
(Courtesy Dave Stewart) 
Senior Justin Van de Graaf took the hill for the Blue Wave and put in 5 and 2/3 innings of good work against Staples strong bats, allowing four runs but keeping the Wave in the game throughout the night. Senior Jackson Vaught did his best Mariano Rivera impression, coming into the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third and the score tied at four. He and his coaches decided to walk one of Staples best hitters, junior Chad Knight, to load the bases, but was able to get the next hitter to pop out to first and leave the inning unscathed.

Vaught kept the Wreckers from scoring again in the seventh, and took the hill with a three run lead in the eighth and the chance to close out Staples for good. With some help from senior Center Fielder Justin Jordan, who made an amazing diving catch to get the first out, Vaught was able to set down the Staples hitters in order, winning the game and helping the Wave earn yet another FCIAC championship.

Senior catcher Arthur Xanthos, who played great behind the dish throughout the playoffs, said about catching both Van de Graaf and Vaught, "It was such a pleasure catching those guys. The 'J.V' duo was always a 1-2 punch that no one wanted to face this season. They did a great job of mixing up pitches and locking in when we needed them to."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Blue Wave Girls Lax Drowns Cardinals in FCIAC Tournament Win

Eva Criscuolo

On Monday, May 21rst, Darien High School’s Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to Norwalk High School to play Greenwich's team. Greenwich started strong, and in the first three minutes had already scored three games. However, Darien came in strong, and scored almost immediately after, and subsequently called a time out afterwards. Upon returning Darien fought hard, picking the game up to 6 to 5. Darien dominated the second half of the game, ending with a score of 14 to 7. Sophomore Varsity Player, Kennison Harmon expressed that “the game was by far (their) most challenging of the season”. JV player Brianna Lyons agreed, stating, “it was an intense game”. Yet, the girls played a strong game, and emerged triumphant. The team will progress on to FCIAC finals.

Some key players in the game were sophomore Varsity player, Ashley Humphrey, who scored more than three times, Varsity player, Katy Elders who played an active and aggressive defense, and Varsity player, Maggie Brooks who blocked numerous shots.

Sophomore Varsity Player, Catie Dugan (Photo courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Darien Boys Lacrosse Beats Ludlowe

Alix Platt

Darien Boys Varsity Lacrosse played Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday, May 21. For the FCIAC quarterfinals, boys lacrosse was able to maintain their 71 game winning streak. Having already played and beat Ludlowe earlier in the season, 12-6, the boys had to come back again and pull a win. The team won 20-2. This score was significantly better than their prior game against Ludlowe. Junior Jack Bogdan, with 2 assist, said, “It’s cool seeing how competitive everyone gets in order to make it to the finals.” Go support Darien Boys Lacrosse today, May 23, at 7 at McMahon High School. 

Junior Tommy Hellman, who scored one goal at the Darien vs. Ludlow game.  (Photo courtesy DAF)