Greenwich makes a statement with win vs. Darien

Greenwich High School boys lacrosse coach Scott Bulkley told me following his team’s 8-6 win against Darien Friday that his team’s game against the Blue Wave is one that’s always circled on the schedule.

Greenwich goalie William Waesche made 19 saves in the Cardinals' 8-6 win vs. Darien on Friday. Bob Luckey photo

Greenwich goalie William Waesche made 19 saves in the Cardinals’ 8-6 win vs. Darien on Friday. Bob Luckey photo

“We circle this game because we want to see where we are at the end of the season against this team,” said Bulkley, a star player during his high school lacrosse career at Darien. “Darien is the staple of where you would want your program to be. They do a good job from top to bottom in their whole program.”

The Cardinals have to pleased with how they measured up against the  Blue Wave Friday. Greenwich set the tone from the start, claiming a 3-0 lead the first 6:38 of the first quarter en route to notching their biggest victory of the season to date.

WAESCHE SAVING THE DAY: GHS senior tri-captain William Waesche had perhaps the best game of his varsity career, registering 19 saves. Waesche came up especially big when the Blue Wave spent nearly half the third quarter in man-up situations due to Cardinals penalties.

“Sometimes when you get a hot goalie the team rallies around him,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said.

SENSATIONAL SAVIO: The Cardinals senior captain and faceoff specialist Graham Savio won 14 of the 18 faceoffs he took, enabling Greenwich to maintain its lead every time the Blue Wave made a push.

“Graham does a great job of stopping runs,” Bulkley said. “After they scored to cut it to two goals a couple of times, he got the faceoff went right down the field and we got the goals back. That puts a ton of pressure on the other team.”

MOVING THE BALL: Receiving a hat trick from Luke Finneran and two goals from Kyle Foote, GHS effectively ran its settled offense. Much to the delight of Bulkley, the Cardinals made the extra pass on numerous occasions, working to get the best shot they could. Darien goalie Phil Huffard is one of the best netminders in the FCIAC, but he was put in tough situations throughout.

“They had some pin-point passing inside and got really good looks from in close,” Brameier said.

SEEDING SCENARIO: Darien entered Friday’s game with just one loss in the FCIAC – a 9-4 loss to New Canaan. Greenwich had two conference losses (to Ridgefield and New Canaan). With Greenwich’s win vs. Darien Friday, the Cardinals may get the No. 3 seed in the FCIAC Tournament. Some teams in the postseason hunt still have games up until Thursday, so the team’s won’t know their actual seeding until Thursday night. Each coach in the league emails their votes in for what they feel, the tournament bracket should look like.

“We were thinking we were on a roll after beating Ridgefield and if we won tonight we could have either gotten a No. 1 or 2 seed,” Brameier said. ” Maybe now we might get a four seed.”

Dave Fierro