Darien boys lax team holds off Wilton in FCIACs

The Darien boys lacrosse team got out to an early 4-0 lead and withstood a late comeback to defeat Wilton, 9-6, in an FCIAC quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in Darien.

Third-seed Darien closed the first-quarter scoring with 17.7 seconds remaining in the period to post a 4-0 lead. Sixth-seed Wilton got on the board with goals by Ryder Farmakis and Reid Melillo 18 seconds apart midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 4-2.

But the Blue Wave shut out the Warriors for the rest of the period, while finding the back of the net three more times for a 7-2 halftime lead.

Darien increased its lead to 9-2 with two scores in the third quarter and held the Warriors without a goal for more than 10 minutes in the period. Wilton scored with 1:34 to play in the third to make it 9-3.

The Warriors (8-9) shut out Darien in the final quarter and cut the lead to 9-6 with 5:20 to play on one goal by Brendan Devane (second of the game) and two by Ryan Brameier. Ted Ottens won the ensuing face-off for the Warriors, but the Blue Wave defense held strong to hold Wilton scoreless.

Wilton drew two one-minute penalties with 1:42 to play, giving Darien a two-man advantage and possession of the ball, which sealed the Warriors' fate.

Ottens was 10 of 11 from the face-off circle in the first half, but the Warriors could not take advantage of his wins. Ottens finished the game winning 15 of 19 draws.

Wilton outshot the Blue Wave, 33 to 21, but 15 of the attempts were not on net. When the visitors' shots were on target, Darien goalie Paul Huffard came up big for his team. Huffard had 12 saves in the game while Conor Johnson had 10 for Wilton.

Darien got balanced scoring as four players — Kevin Seiler, Peter Lindley, John Reed and Kyle Cornell — collected two goals each.

“You can’t get behind them like that, but we didn’t quit," said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. "You can’t win only one quarter, maybe one and a half, and expect to win against a team like Darien. We played poorly on defense at times. We didn’t slide with their man and we gave them open shots and they took advantage of it.”