Greenwich makes a statement with win vs. Darien

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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

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8 Responses

  1. swcinsider says:

    bye bye greenwich it was nice knowing you football and laxi hear the train a coming down 95

  2. FCIACLaxDad says:

    so much for CIAC rankings! did you see what Wilton did to Top ranked AVON yesterday? Congrats to Wilton… The CIAC, if they want to gain the respect of the Elite HS Lax world, ie, LI, upstate NY, MD, etc., needs to go back to the D1, D2 format that they used to use. Now I know they use the school size format in NY, A,B and C, however, their are almost as many people in one county on LI as there are in the whole state of CT!

  3. FCIACLaxDad says:

    sure, staples has done a great job since their loss to GREENWICH early in the season…ironically,you should be glad to know that they face off against each other again this weekend in the FCIAC quarters. As far as ‘hyped’ programs in Fairfield County?? Greenwich is at the bottom of the list….Darien, Wilton, New Canaan, Ridgefiled… Good luck to the team you follow the rest of the season. Let ALL the kids enjoy THIER high school sports experience!

  4. swcinsider says:

    get on the Barlow band wagon they could win back to back state titles ( i will help you as best i can) keep up
    with whats what in the Lax world

  5. Dave Fierro says:

    I’ve covered Staples this year, so I am am well aware of how good they are. Thanks for asking.

  6. swcinsider says:

    you cover one FCIAC team does anybody know the job Staples is doing this year??? If you look at the rankings i think they maybe ranked higher then the elite GW program
    The only other over hyped program you have not written
    about is Wilton

  7. Dave Fierro says:

    Relax, swcinsider. The paper I work for covers FCIAC teams, so I get assigned a lot of Greenwich games. Were we not supposed to cover the Greenwich/Darien game? I think you’re getting a little crazy over this.

  8. swcinsider says:

    here we go again with the statements i understand greenwich can sweeten the pot alittle but this is crazy.
    alittle hype goes along way