Greenwich’s boys lacrosse team entered Wednesday’s matchup against Darien winners of four straight games, but the Blue Wave have a way of snapping such streaks.
Excelling on both ends of the field, Darien scored early and often, resulting in yet another convincing win.
After cruising past Fairfield Warde on Tuesday with a 20-goal outburst, Darien notched another 20 goals Wednesday. Junior attack Matthew Minicus scored a game high five goals, while senior Brady Pokorny recorded a hat trick with an assist for Darien in its 20-6 victory against visiting Greenwich.
The Blue Wave, who have won their last two games since they dropped a 9-8 decision to visiting non-conference foe Brunswick School on Saturday, held a 13-3 halftime lead on the Cardinals.
“It starts at the faceoff-X and we did a good job of getting a high-percentage of faceoff wins early and the offense had to get going, because the goalie started making some saves,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “Once we started getting a flow and the shots start falling, that’s when we get going.”
Greenwich, which was coming off a 15-8 win against St. Joseph and an impressive 15-13 triumph over Ridgefield, has a record of 4-2 following Wednesday’s loss.
“Any time you play Darien after a loss it’s not fun,” Greenwich coach Bobby Lutz said, referring to Darien’s loss to Brunswick. “You saw what they did to Warde and Warde is a good team. We came out focused and ready, but we didn’t win many faceoffs, so as a result we couldn’t slow up the tempo.”
Senior attack Holt Matheis tallied two goals and one assist, as did senior midfielder Connor O’Malley for the Blue Wave (7-1). Greenwich got two goals and an assist from senior attack John Cataldo.
Minicus scored the game’s first goal 1:26 into the first quarter. O’Malley converted a shot after eluding a defender with a fake, making it 2-0 at the 6:43 mark of the opening quarter. Consecutive goals by Minicus and a tally by junior Christian Alliegro gave the Blue Wave a 5-0 lead with 17.8 seconds left in the first quarter.
Darien began the second quarter with a pair of goals, then Cardinals senior midfielder Will Montesi put his team on the scoreboard with a goal at the 10:57 mark. Pokorny’s man-up tally and junior Joe Cesare’s goal off a dodge increased the home team’s advantage to 9-1 midway through the second quarter.
Matheis added his second goal in the first half and Connor O’Malley scored after the Blue Wave won a faceoff late in the opening half. Cataldo and junior Quinn Warwick had a goal apiece in the first half for the Cardinals.
Senior goalie Andy Demopoulos was strong once again in goal for the Blue Wave, making several first and second-half saves. While efficiently passing the ball on offense, the Blue Wave’s defenders made the Cardinals work hard for their shots.
“Our goalie, he is going to be in a lot of people’s heads, because you think you have a great scoring opportunity and he shuts it down,” Brameier said. “Plus we have four good long poles behind him and our middies played great defense.”
Junior Riley Strub also had two goals for Darien, which visits Norwalk on Thursday. Junior James Pilc registered one goal and one assist, as did Montesi for Greenwich, which received a combined 10 saves from goalies Will Clemens and Charlie Zola. Lutz knows playing Darien was a learning experience for his young squad.
“It’s nice for them to get some experience,” Lutz said. “We tried to cycle in some of the younger guys with the experienced guys so they can feel what it’s like to be in big games. Even the seniors with losing a season last year, they may not be young age-wise, but they are young in terms of experience.”
Greenwich hosts Stamford Thursday at 5 p.m.