Darien knocks off Manhasset with fourth quarter comeback

Darien remained perfect by winning a back and forth battle against Manhassett, NY, 10-7 on Thursday night.

Darien seems to play its best in the second half: This isn’t to say the Blue Wave don’t play well in the first half, but they seem to go to another level in the second, particularly if they’re in a relatively close game. Against Manhasset, it was more of the same. Darien didn’t take its first lead of the game until Tim Murphy put his team up for good with a goal with 10:16 remaining. Phil Huffard, Tony Britton and the Darien defense took care of the rest, refusing to allow a goal in the fourth quarter.

Weaver’s night: Darien tends to get a few different contributors every night. While Darien typically posts high goal totals, it always seems as if the amount of markers are spread around a bit. On Thursday, it was Bobby Weaver’s turn. The senior scored four goals (including the one that tied the game at 7-7 with 10:59 remaining) and dished out a pair of assists (including Tim Murphy’s goal that gave Darien an 8-7 lead with 10:16 remaining).

Manhasset not dwelling on the loss: Going into the game, Manhassett was ranked No. 14 in the nation while Darien was ranked No.20 in the InsideLacrosse Under Armour National High School Ratings. Although it lost what was basically a game-long lead in the fourth quarter, coach Bill Cherry didn’t have too many issues with the loss.

“It was a great game by both teams,” Cherry said. “We’ve got some work to do, but we played better than we did the other night, so I was pleased.”