Friday, November 9, 2018

Girls Soccer Loses in Quarterfinals

Brianna Lyons 

Darien losses against Ridgefield 1-0 in FCIAC quarterfinal game. This marks the end of the road for the Darien Girls Varsity soccer team. It was an incredible season for the team. Qualifying for states, Fciacs, and CIAC’s and winning more than half their games. This past Friday 11/9/2018 the team played against Ridgefield in a tough battle for the  final game on saturday 11/17.

The first half of the game was an incredible half for the Darien players. With incredible defense by Neil Kniffin, Courtney ball, Anna fox, and Eva Finn, the ball stayed away from the goal and ended the first half with a tie of 0-0.

During the second half, Darien had a lot of shots on the goal, unfortunately the ball would not find the back of the net. The offense pushed the defensive line of Ridgefield way back to the point that they almost let Darien slip in. With an encouraging talk during halftime by Leigh Parsons, the head coach of the  team and by the senior captains, Anna Fox, Eva Finn, Alaina Dolan, and Lauren Sulger, Darien started very strong against Ridgefield.

Unfortunately, Ridgefield was able to find a crack in the defense and scored a goal making the game 1-0 Ridgefield. However, Darien did not give up. They started playing more aggressive and kept the ball in the other half the rest of the game. The teamwork was outstanding and Darien left it all on the field. Unfortunately, the ball could not find the back of the net.
Courtesy DAF
“It was a great game, and we fought till the very end,” says freshman Alexis Lyons.


Darien Girls Swimming Takes Second at FCIAC’s

Scotty Tuck

On Thursday, October 31, the BWSD Girls swam their way to an impressive second place performance at FCIAC Championships. With multiple best times and first time-finalists, the girls had an excellent meet. During the meet, three different swimmers cracked top 5 in their respective events, Freshman Kelly Dolce and Kaitlyn Holmes, along with Junior Cassie Maroney.

In the 200 Freestyle, Dolce threw down a huge time of 1:53.97, taking 3rd and breaking the school record in the event. In the 100 Freestyle, Dolce took 2nd place, going another school record breaking time of 52.69. In the 200 IM, Freshman Kaitlyn Holmes took 3rd, scoring big points for the team with a time of 2:08.75. In the 100 Breaststroke, Holmes took 2nd place, going a time of 1:07.03. Along with the two Freshman, Senior Cassie Maroney also made it into the top 3, going a time of 24.50 to take 2nd in the 50 Freestyle.Other big contributions made were the 4th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, 3rd in the 400 Freestyle Relay, and 2nd in the 200 Freestyle.

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Make sure to show some support for the BWSD Girls as they prepare for the CIAC State Trials, which will take place on Saturday, November 10.

Girls Soccer Makes Quarterfinals

Megan Streeter

Girls varsity soccer had an important game against Suffield this Wednesday, November 7. 
According to junior Olivia Maniscalco, the girls, “went into the game knowing Suffield was undefeated, and hadn’t let a goal in all season.” Based on statistics, the odds seemed to be in Suffields favor. Maniscalco was not phased by this, saying, “Because of our success against teams like Staples and St. Joe’s...we were not phased by this.” The girls upheld their high spirits throughout the game. Maniscalco attributes the team’s success to their team, which did not falter through two halves of overtime playing. With their 1-0 win, they will now advance to the CIAC quarterfinal against Ridgefield. The game will take place at Ridgefield High at 4 pm this Friday, November 9.

Junior Olivia's Maniscalco defending goal (Courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Canaan Beats Darien 1-0

Brianna Lyons

On October 9, 2018, Darien lost to New Canaan. It was a hard fought battle, unfortunately, the outcome was not ideal. The team lost 1-0, but they did not give up till the very last whistle, ending the game.


The Darien High School Varsity team fought till the very end on the field. With New Canaan being Darien’s biggest rival, it came as no shock that the team came out ready to play. Unfortunately, the Rams came out as energetic as Darien, and started the game off very strong. Darien held their ground throughout the first half. Unfortunately, during the second half New Canaan slipped pass Darien scoring a goal making the score 1-0.


Courtesy DAF
“We fought as hard as we could. We worked really hard and never stopped playing” says freshman Alexis Lyons.


The Junior Varsity team also lost against New Canaan. Just like the Varsity team, the Jv team fought through the entire game. The whistle was blown and the game began with Darien keeping the ball in New Canaan’s half for most of the first quarter. Unfortunately, New Canaan broke the barriers of the strong defensive line of Darien and scored. The end score of the game was 3-2 New Canaan.



Girl's JV XC Earns 3rd Place

Nina Rodriguez 

On October 18th, Blue Wave Girl’s Cross Country went to Wickham Park in New Canaan, CT, to participate in FCIACs. The Junior Varsity course was 4000 meters, or 2.5 miles. The course was revised, due to muddy grounds from the rain. Out of 13 team, Darien placed 3rd, with 120 points; New Canaan got 2nd with 86 points; and Ridgefield won, with 52 points.


Senior Girls during homecoming week. Courtesy of Penn Boucher
Darien’s top runner for JV, senior Kate Dempsey, earned a time of 16:58. Other notable runners, are junior Suzanna Alliegro (17:21), and sophomores Georgia Sheehan (17:23) and Charlotte Van Ingen (17:23).


“Darien did very well compared to the boy’s team. Everyone tried very well on their last race, which is something I’m proud of,” says Dempsey.


Darien’s top seven runners will attend CIACs on October 26th at Wickham Park. We wish the team the best of luck!

New Canaan Beats Darien 1-0

Brianna Lyons

On October 9, 2018, Darien lost to New Canaan. It was a hard fought battle, unfortunately, the outcome was not ideal. The team lost 1-0, but they did not give up till the very last whistle, ending the game.

The Darien High School Varsity team fought till the very end on the field. With New Canaan being Darien’s biggest rival, it came as no shock that the team came out ready to play. Unfortunately, the Rams came out as energetic as Darien, and started the game off very strong. Darien held their ground throughout the first half. Unfortunately, during the second half New Canaan slipped pass Darien scoring a goal making the score 1-0.

“We fought as hard as we could. We worked really hard and never stopped playing," says freshman Alexis Lyons.

The Junior Varsity team also lost against New Canaan. Just like the Varsity team, the Jv team fought through the entire game. The whistle was blown and the game began with Darien keeping the ball in New Canaan’s half for most of the first quarter. Unfortunately, New Canaan broke the barriers of the strong defensive line of Darien and scored. The end score of the game was 3-2 New Canaan.

Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

Girl's JV XC earns 3rd Place

Nina Rodriguez

On October 18th, Blue Wave Girl’s Cross Country went to Wickham Park in New Canaan, CT, to participate in FCIACs. The Junior Varsity course was 4000 meters, or 2.5 miles. The course was revised due to muddy grounds from the rain. Out of 13 teams, Darien placed 3rd, with 120 points; New Canaan received 2nd place with 86 points; Ridgefield won with 52 points.
Senior Girls during homecoming week. Courtesy of Penn Boucher

Darien’s top runner for JV, senior Kate Dempsey, earned a time of 16:58. Other notable runners, are junior Suzanna Alliegro (17:21), and sophomores Georgia Sheehan (17:23) and Charlotte Van Ingen (17:23).

“Darien did very well compared to the boy’s team. Everyone tried very well on their last race, which is something I’m proud of” Dempsey said.

Darien’s top seven runners will attend CIACs on October 26th at Wickham Park. We wish the team the best of luck!