Is the Darien boys lacrosse squad a team of destiny? It sure is starting to look that way. For the second time this season, the Blue Wave beat New Canaan, its fiercest rivals, in overtime. On Tuesday, with the stakes raised in the FCIAC semifinals, Darien rallied from a three-goal deficit with less than eight minutes to play to tie the Rams. Ian Burgoyne scored in sudden death to give Darien the 12-11 victory and keep their record a pristine 18-0. It’s onto the FCIAC championship followed by the state tournament for the Blue Wave.
In baseball, Greenwich High School pulled off the upset of Tuesday’s action as they beat No.1 seed Staples High School 6-2 in eight innings. The Cardinals rode the strong right arm of their ace pitcher, Kyle Dunster. The Boston College-bound senior gave up just two runs over seven plus innings of work. He’ll be doing his work in the ACC next year and this is his story in his own words.
It was Super Tuesday in high school sports with a full slate of conference tournament games. There were upsets, great performances, and pictures that were worth far more than 1,000 words. Here are the best ones from Tuesday’s games.
Ronnie Rossomando of Bunnell High School was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in baseball. According to Doug Bonjour of The Connecticut Post, Rossomando is the first junior to win the award in over a decade.
“I was in shock that I had won. There’s a lot of good players out there,” Rossomando told Bonjour.
The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Rossomando was 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42ï»¿1/3 innings in the regular season for Bunnell. He also batted .313 with 17 RBIs.
Back to lacrosse and Darien. The victory over New Canaan on Tuesday was the 501st of Jeff Brameier’s career at Darien and it’s not one that he’ll forget anytime soon. Number 500 was also pretty special and the veteran coach talked about it after his team beat Brien McMahon last Friday afternoon.
Congrats, Coach Brameier, that’s a great accomplishment.