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Two-time Connecticut state champ Darien picked up a big first Thursday night at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
The top-seeded Blue Wave pulled away to beat third-seeded archrival New Canaan 9-5, marking the first time it’s won the FCIAC Tournament three straight years.
In the process, Darien (19-0) extended its win streak to 27 games and keeps alive its hopes of a perfect season.
Darien’s defense was stellar, led by FCIAC Championship game MVP Ryan Cornell, who made 15 saves, and the lock-down play of Mark Evanchick, Rock Stewart, Will Simpson, Jake Bieler, Burke Blatney, Christian Trifone, Hudson Hamill and Riley Stewart.
Colin Minicus led the Wave’s offense with four goals and one assist. One of his goal’s was off a spectacular hidden-ball trick in the second half with Rock Stewart as Cornell pretended to be holding the ball while Minicus darted to the goal. Jake Kirby had two goals for Darien.
New Canaan 1-1-1-2— 5
Darien 1-2-4-2— 9
Colin Minicus 4-1
Jake Kirby 2-0
Jack Kniffin 1-1
Liam Rischmann 1-0
Finlay Collins 1-0
Kevin LIndley 0-2
Rock Stewart 0-2
New Canaan scoring:
Kyle Smith 1-0
Nick Crovatto 1-0
Andrew Bauersfeld 1-0
Clayton Burt 1-0
Jack Hoelzer 1-0
Darien goalie saves:
Ryan Cornell 15
New Canaan goalie saves:
Drew Morris 10
It marked the seventh time Darien and New Canaan met in the FCIAC final, with Darien winning five of those previous meetings.
The teams had last played for a conference crown in 2006, when Darien beat the Rams in the title game for the second straight year. New Canaan last defeated the Wave in the FCIAC final in 2003.
Darien is now 15-4 in FCIAC title games.
Darien and New Canaan now await state tournament first-round action on Wednesday.
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