Darien edges Wilton boys lax team
No matter the records, when the Wilton and Darien boys lacrosse teams meet you’re going to get the best from both sides.
Thursday night was no different, as the two rivals battled in an action-filled match that saw Darien come away with a 12-10 win at Fujitani Field.
Darien got out to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter and had a 9-4 advantage with just under four minutes to play in the third. Wilton, playing from behind the entire game, battled back several times, getting the deficit to one four times, but could not never produce the equalizer.
"What you saw tonight was a good team having good run and a good team fighting back," said Wilton head coach John Wiseman. “I am tremendously proud of the way we played tonight. The team played with energy, passion, and had the will to win; I couldn’t ask for anything more from these guys."
Wilton had a chance to open the scoring in the first minute of play, but Darien goalie Phil Huffard came up with the save of a point-blank shot from Ryder Farmakis. Both Huffard and Conor Johnson for Wilton recorded key saves for their teams.
Down 3-0, the Warriors battled back on goals from Luke Reyes-Guerra-Dunn (1:07 left in the first) and Brendan Devane (36 seconds into the second) to cut the lead to 3-2. The Blue Wave regained the three-goal margin at 5-2 and then again at 6-3. The Warrior goal was by Tommy Hayes. Darien carried the 6-3 lead into the half.
Darien opened the third quarter with a 3-1 run to take a commanding 9-4 lead. Wilton’s score came off the stick of Mike Burns.
The Warriors didn’t capitulate. They closed out the final 2:02 of the third with a 3-0 run, to cut the lead to 9-7 at the end of three. Wilton got goals from Reyes-Guerra-Dunn, Dan Baird, and Burns.
A Wilton goal by Eric Noonan early in the fourth cut the lead to one at 9-8. Darien scored with 7:46 to play for the 10-8 lead, but Wilton answered 35 seconds later on a score by Hayes, during a Wilton two-man advantage, to make it 10-9.
Less than a minute later, Darien got back its two-goal lead with 6:26 to play. But the home team bounced right back, as Ted Ottens won the face-off and scored just 11 seconds after the Blue Wave goal.
Darien’s Peter Lindley then closed the scoring with his sixth goal of the game with 3:20 to play for the 12-10 lead. Darien gained possession of the ball with under 2:30 to play and played keep-away from Wilton for about two minutes. Wilton regained possession with under 30 seconds to play, but was fouled as it tried to move the ball up the field.
An altercation resulted from the foul and a Darien player was ejected from the game. The contest was then called by the officials with eight ticks left on the clock. It was the second such incident in the game. The first occurred with 8:43 left in the fourth in front of the Darien net. Both teams were issued two penalties.