The Darien boys lax team played host to Torrey Pines, last year’s California state champs, but it was ultimately just another day at the office for the Blue Wave. Darien used a dominant third quarter to claim a 16-10 win.
Clay Barker keyed Darien’s big third quarter: Barker didn’t stuff the scoring sheet in the way many of his teammates did, but he may have played as important of a role as anyone on Saturday. Darien’s dominant third quarter was made by possible by Barker winning nearly every faceoff he took. When he wasn’t busy fighting for possession of the ball on draws, Barker also found time to score a goal of his own.
Darien shrugged off adversity: Although it squandered an early 3-0 lead and allowed Torrey Pines to score three straight, Darien wasn’t about to hit the panic button, to no one’s surprise. In a potential momentum changer, Darien allowed a Torrey Pines goal as time expired in the first half, cutting the Blue Wave lead to 8-6. Instead of allowing the Falcons to build off of their last-second goal, the Blue Wave scored six straight third quarter goals to put the game out of reach.
“Coach Brameier set up some videos where we were able to see them play and kind of get a little scouting report on them,” Darien’s Kevin Seiler said. “We had an idea that they were a really good team.”
Darien bench plays valuable role: There are many reasons why Darien is such a well-established powerhouse in lacrosse, but here is at least one that may get overlooked: Darien’s reserves get as much playing time as any lacrosse team in the state. By the time the fourth quarter rolls around, Darien often has a substantial lead, and with the game no longer in doubt, coach Jeff Brameier can get his “2’s” into the game for 10-12 minutes. Doing so allows Blue Wave underclassmen to get a pretty big taste of varsity action, and as a result, they’re likely more prepared by the time they reach their junior and senior seasons.
Torrey Pines enjoyed the trip: Although it didn’t get the on-field result it was looking for, Torrey Pines was happy to travel cross country to find out what East Coast lacrosse has to offer. Squaring off against Darien also left Torrey Pines with the impression they’ll be all the more prepared to take on its California competition.
“Coming here and playing the best competition is definitely a great experience, and I think it’ll definitely help us out back home,” Torrey Pines Sean Doyle said.