In a taxing battle, it was the Darien boys lacrosse team which came away with an 8-7 win in a see-saw contest against St. Anthony’s, NY on Saturday at Darien High School. Neither team was able to build more than a two-goal lead — and the final 10 minutes were scoreless after Darien netted two early fourth quarter markers to turn a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 advantage. Peter Lindley, making his first career varsity start, scored three goals, including the game-winner with 10:11 remaining.
Darien shows its resiliency: I posted something similar to this blog after an early-season win for Darien, but the Blue Wave showed their mettle again on Saturday. It’s easy to look good when you’re playing an overmatched FCIAC team, but Darien played one of its best games of the season against St. Anthony’s.
Although it surrendered the lead with just 2.5 seconds remaining in the third, Darien required less than two minutes to reclaim the advantage in the fourth on goals by Henry West and Lindley. The ability for a team to play its best lacrosse at the most crucial moments is a great sign come playoff time.
Give credit to Darien’s defense: What a job by this bunch. Going 10 scoreless minutes is relatively rare in any lacrosse game, but to do so while also protecting a one-goal lead against an elite opponent is quite an accomplishment.
The Darien defenders – led by team captain Tony Britton – rarely yielded any dangerous late-game scoring opportunities, as St. Anthony’s was held without a goal in the fourth quarter. Even after St. Anthony’s called a timeout with 29 seconds left in the game, Darien refused to even allow a shot, forcing a turnover that allowed the Blue Wave to run out the clock.
Nothing for St. Anthony’s to hang their heads about: In the end, this was simply a case of “someone has to lose.” It happened to be St. Anthony’s, but this is a game which certainly could have gone either way. St. Anthony’s showed some resiliency of its own by shaking off a first quarter in which it was outplayed and rallying to take its first lead midway through the third quarter.