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Monday, December 17 High School Sports

Boys Lacrosse: Darien routs Ludlowe

DARIEN — The way the Darien schedule is set up, every Saturday is a primetime contest.

The Blue Wave have already taken down two nationally-ranked teams the last two Saturdays in Yorktown (N.Y.) and Torrey Pines (Calif.) and have Manhassett (N.Y.) on the docket this week.

With that in mind, Wave coach Jeff Brameier aims to use his mid-week games to perfect schemes and timing.

Darien looked pretty perfect Tuesday, downing Fairfield Ludlowe 17-2 at home. It was the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse No. 13 Wave’s 58th-straight win.

“We’ve got very big games on the weekends and know we’re going to have some games that are FCIAC that we have to come and work hard and get better,” Brameier said. “That’s our M.O., come and play, don’t scoreboard watch. They know Ludlowe has always been a well-coached team, it’s just about trying to get better this time of year and not taking anybody lightly.”

Darien (4-0) got to work in a hurry, erupting for 12 first half goals, led largely by its first line of Logan McGovern (six goals, two assists), Brian Minicus (five assists) and Hudson Pokorny (one goal, two assists).

“The last thing coach said before we came out is keep building, get better each and every day and that’s what we do,” McGovern said. “We’re trying to get through our sets, fine tune our looks so when we get to teams like Wilton, New Canaan and Ridgefield we’re ready to go.”

Aidan Wykoff scored in the first for Ludlowe (1-1) and Quinn Thompson got one in the third. The Falcons have started the year on a bit of a rollercoaster, winning an emotional opener 11-10 against Fairfield rival Warde before Tuesday’s drubbing.

“We were intense toady, you just couldn’t tell because they’re hitting you so fast,” Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. “We can’t practice that fast…coach B gets them going, it’s the highest level of the game, that’s why they’re No. 1.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

McGovern, Darien. The offensive ability of the four-year player is no secret, and it was on full display Tuesday, finishing with six goals and two assists.

“We were just moving the ball, moving our feet a lot,” McGovern said. “We caught them ball-watching a couple times and backdoored our man. We kept the ball high and that was most important.”

LETTING THE KIDS PLAY

With the lopsided score, Brameier was able to get most of his 40-plus man roster involved. Several underclassmen made the most of it, including sophomore Michael Minicus (one goal) and freshman goalie Andy Demopolous (five saves).

“That’s the strength of our program, Brameier said. “We graduate kids and it’s next in line, same thing here, we had five freshmen get on the field, some sophomores. There’s 17 seniors on this team, so you want to give guys a chance to play when they’re out here in practice all the time.”

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE

Falcon coach Chris Parisi wasn’t down after the loss, instead, focusing on using it as a learning tool.

“For us, it really is great film,” Parisi said. “…by them exposing us on film it makes us better, helps us prepare. We’re not going to see anybody that fast again, we’ll see some great teams down the road, but nobody is going to do that.”

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DARIEN 17, FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 2

LUDLOWE 1 0 1 0—2

DARIEN 6 6 5 0—17

Records: L 1-1; D 4-0. Scoring: FL—Aidan Wykoff 1 goal, Quinn Thompson 1 goal; D—Logan McGovern 6g 2 assists; Blake Sommi 3g 1a, Ryan Darby 1g, Brian Minicus 5a, Hudson Pokorny 1g 2a, Jackson Peters 1g, Tanner Strub 1g, Jack Joyce 2g, Charlie Walsh 1g, Michael Minicus 1g. Goalies: FL—Carter Leibrock (16 saves), Michael Graney (1); D—Sean Collins (3), Andy Demopolous (5). Shots: FL—9; D—41.

Anthony E. Parelli|Sports Writer, Sports Editor

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