Video special: Team spotlight on Darien (CT)

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Regular-season starts don’t get much better than the one Darien High School (Conn.) is off to this sprin. After beating national power Niskayuna 8-7 on April 12, the Blue Wave then picked off Manhasset 7-4. Manhasset has advanced to the Nassau County (NY) final 13 times the last 14 years. The win over ‘Set came […]

Player’s perspective: Lindley looks to lead Darien (CT) back to championship

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UMass-bound Peter Lindley (fourth from left), with seven fellow 2014 commits from Connecticut power Darien, from left: Kyle Cornell (Bryant), Phil Huffard (Yale), Owen Koorbusch (Rhodes), John Reed (Bucknell), Kyle Gifford (Washington & Lee), Sam Meyjes (Haverford) and Brad McCarthy (Colby).  End the season in a pile. Simply stated, that’s the annual goal at Darien […]

Player’s perspective: Bonaparte, Ridgefield (CT) add out-of-state clash vs. Garden City (NY) to schedule

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Will Bonaparte (right), signs his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maryland this past fall, joined by teammate Micky Carbone, who signed with Providence. During its climb to prominence as one of the premier programs in Connecticut, Ridgefield has benefited from playing a tough out-of-state schedule that has included such tristate powers […]

Darien (CT) 2015 two-way middie Burgoyne will take his size, skills, athleticism to Navy

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You would have a tough time arguing whether Ian Burgoyne is more valuable to the Darien High School (Conn.) boys lacrosse team on either offense or defense. That’s because Burgoyne is the protoypical two-way midfielder. “I enjoy playing defensive midfield just as much offense,” he said. It’s that kind of versatility — coupled with the […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien (CT) 2015 midfielder, Yorktown (NY) 2016 goalie are both D-I bound

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Each varsity season, Darien and Yorktown meet in Tom Lener Memorial Cup game. Today, our update involves Division I commitments for each of the longtime rivals, and two of the top programs in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for the lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. We begin with Darien where the Blue Waves’ […]

Epic Moments: Scott Bulkley, former Darien (CT) High School and University of North Carolina standout

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LaxLessons.com and Epoch Lacrosse have teamed up for a new feature at LaxLessons.com in which lacrosse standouts share their epic high school memories. Darien High School is home of one of the nation’s top boys lacrosse programs. Scott Bulkey, now the varsity coach at Fairfield County, Conn., rival Greenwich High School, knows that better than […]

Marquee programs lead field at SWR Fall Classic

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High school teams that have combined for 90 state titles will be competing in one venue on Sunday, Nov. 18. They will be vying at Tom Rotanz’s Shoreham-Wading River Fall Classic, which is annually regarded as the premier event on the fall schedule in the tristate region. This year’s event will be played at Farmingdale […]

Bucknell-bound Reed becomes Darien’s second junior commit

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Playing alongside Division I caliber talent is something John Reed has gotten to experience long before he will begin his collegiate career. You see, Reed is a junior attackman at defending Class M Connecticut state champion Darien. “Just this past year, I had the opportunity to play with and learn from amazing players such as […]

Darien sophomore standout Stein set on Northwestern

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High school sophomores making verbal commitments to colleges has become more and more prevalent in men’s lacrosse for more than a year. Is the trend coming to the women’s game? Northwestern University, which has won six national titles the last seven years, recently landed a commitment from one of the nation’s top 10th-graders. Emily Stein […]

Lehigh-bound Foley of Darien keeps a couple of traditions alive

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Sean Foley is doing his part to keep traditions alive. No program in Connecticut has churned out as many college recruits the last decade as Darien. Foley, a dodging midfielder, is now the latest — and the Blue Wave’s first junior Division I-bound commit. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-hander made a verbal commitment to attend Lehigh […]

Darien’s Lyons develops into a D-I defenseman

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Tommy Lyons’ progression during his time on the varsity team at Darien High School has been steady and noteworthy. Now in his senior year, the right-handed defenseman worked his way to the world of Division I lacrosse, with a career at Mount Saint Mary’s in Maryland awaiting him. Lyons’ road to the next level has […]

New England downs Long Island to wrap up eventful Under Armour Underclass Tournament in which West beats Baltimore

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The parity and unpredictability that has marked the rapid growth of lacrosse at the high school and collegiate levels was also evident the last few days at the Under Armour All-America Classic and Underclass Tournament in Maryland. For starters, the South team beat the North for just the second time in six years to win […]

Torey steps in, steps up as Blue Wave's new goalie

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Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com Dylan Torey in action Saturday during Darien’s 13-6 win at Greenwich. The Darien Blue Wave are stacked with talent at all the field positions. But they entered the season with an unproven commodity in goal. Dylan Torey, a senior first-year starter, has answered the call. In the Blue Wave’s big 13-6 […]

Brameier breaks down Darien

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I’m not one for hyperbole. But when it comes to a high school lacrosse program, Darien is as good as it gets. The Blue Wave, after all, have won six straight state titles. How many other teams can say that? Clearly, the Blue Wave have been dominant during that stretch. But in 2011, they may […]

Player's perspective: Darien's Tony Britton, junior defenseman

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Seven in ’11. That’s Darien’s motto for this coming season as we learned from Duke University-bound junior attackman Case Matheis. But the Blue Wave will have plenty of big games prior to the state championship game — if they are, in fact, in position to win a seventh straight Class M title. Wait. Did we […]

GC is No. 2, Darien No. 3 in IL preseason national rankings

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The nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, is well-represented in Inside Lacrosse’s Under Armour preseason national power rankings. Garden City, a 2010 Class B New York finalist, checks in at No. 2 behind top-ranked Pennsylvania’s Haverford. Darien, the six-time Connecticut Class M state champs, is No. 3. Darien faces Haverford […]

Player's perspective: Darien's Case Matheis, junior attack

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We’re about two months away from the start of varsity practice, but there’s still plenty of recruiting news and schedule info going on throughout the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotbed. If you checked out the comments portion of our “Schedules galore” post today, you saw the completed John Jay scheduled […]

Player's perspective: Darien's Eric Parnon, senior defenseman

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With each day, we’re getting closer and closer to the start of varsity practices. And as we make our way there, we have been getting insights on the upcoming season from some of the region’s top players in our “Player’s perspective” feature. Up next is one of the leading high school defenders you’ll find anywhere, […]

Darien’s Matheis: ‘I left my visit feeling like I was a Duke lacrosse player’

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Case Matheis wrapped up this past season with a record-setting performance in helping Darien win its sixth straight Class M Connecticut state title. The slick and smooth attackman scored nine times to break the school record for goals in a game as the Blue Wave rolled to a 17-5 win against New Fairfield. Duke’s men’s […]

Who’s No. 1? LaxPower releases final national rankings

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There has been quite a spirited debate here among readers — and in our latest poll question — as to who would have won a matchup between state champions West Islip and Manhasset. Now, LaxPower has weighed in. I just received word from George Baldassare, LaxPower’s director of high school boys lacrosse, that its computer […]

Bulkley’s appointment marks new era for Greenwich

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Just a few weeks ago, Scott Bulkley was eagerly awaiting another season as assistant coach at Darien, where he played, lives, teaches and helped the Blue Wave win five straight state titles. But in early February, Paul Burke resigned as Greenwich coach just days after being sentenced to six months in prison for drunk driving. […]

Darien’s MacDonnell off to strong start for Loyola

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It didn’t take long for Darien’s own Cooper MacDonnell to show his preseason selection as ECAC offensive player of the year was on the mark. The Loyola senior attackman was named ECAC offensive player of the week after starting the season by scoring six goals in an 8-7 overtime win against Navy. Then, this past […]

Player’s perspective: Darien’s Case Matheis, sophomore attackman

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We continue our new feature, “Player’s perspective” with one of the top underclassmen in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region. Darien attackman Case Matheis, who became the first freshman to start in coach Jeff Brameier’s 26-year tenure with the Blue Wave, helped the Blue Wave win their fifth straight Class M state title. * Player’s perspective […]

Darien’s Parnon picks Maryland

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Two of the top juniors in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region – Darien defenseman Eric Parnon and St. Anthony’s midfielder Joe LoCascio – will continue their collegiate careers at Maryland. Parnon, who is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, has quickness that belies his size.

Darien, Manhasset, Yorktown, Chaminade to meet at West Point

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The annual Darien vs. Manhasset and Chaminade vs. Yorktown showdowns will have special meaning this coming season. They will be played at West Point as part of Jim Regan Day at West Point on Saturday, April 24. Army will be hosting Holy Cross at noon. More on that in a moment.

Darien's Benitez reflects on his commitment to Stony Brook

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Defenseman George Benitez of Darien will be playing his college lacrosse at Division I Stony Brook. George Benitez is one of four rising seniors for five-time state champion Darien that have committed to college programs. The defenseman is headed to Stony Brook University.

Your source for Saturday's NY/CT state championship score updates

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Senior midfielder John Bolton and Darien are looking to win their fifth straight Class M CIAC championship today. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPrep.com)

CIAC state championship previews

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Before we break down the matchups, here’s a look at the schedule for Saturday’s state championship tripleheader at Brien McMahon in Norwalk: Class S: St. Joseph-Trumbull vs. Weston, 10:30 a.m. Class M: Darien vs. Wilton,  1 p.m. Class L: Simsbury vs. Fairfield Prep, 3:3 p.m.

Breaking down the CIAC tournament

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Guys, the conference championships are in the books. That means that it’s time to take a look at the Connecticut state championships, which started yesterday with some outbracket matchups. Classes L and M are previewed below the fold, with an overview of Class S. … Connecticut state tournament schedule: • CIAC tournament: Division L pairings […]

Championship Week: FCIAC, SWC finals

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Darien coach Jeff Brameier (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) It’s time. For months, FCIAC fans have known this moment would arrive. Though it nearly did not (thanks to an inspired effort by New Canaan in the FCIAC semifinals), Ridgefield and Darien will indeed be meeting for the FCIAC title.

Ridgefield rallies to beat Darien

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Roy Colsey didn’t sleep well last night. His baby son made sure of that. Not that it mattered anyway. “I wasn’t going to get much sleep last night no matter what,” he said. After all, today was the day Ridgefield had marked on its calendar for weeks — make that months. Maybe even years.

Two days, two showdowns: Let's hear your picks

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Matt Gorski of four-time defending state champion Darien. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Two days, two showdowns. And in Fairfield and Section 1, they are, simply stated, the regular-season games  of the year. • Everybody’s all-Americans: Let’s hear your picks

Darien's Brameier gets win No. 400

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It was a memorable day for the Darien Blue Wave and 26th-year coach Jeff Brameier. Brameier picked up his 400th career win as the Blue Wave won 12-4 at Fairfield Ludlowe. Above, Brameier (second from right) is shown with Darien seniors and others after the big win. Andrew McCarthy had three goals and an assist […]

Wrapping up an eventful Saturday

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Top photo: Put Valley’s Ryan Fitzgerald and Dillon Chesnut celebrate a goal in the Tigers’ 15-9 win over Rye. Photo above: Kyle Calabro lets it rip for PV. (Photos by Ray Gallagher) • Click here for Section 1 photo galleries. • For Section 1 commentary and features. • For video highlights of the Yorktown-Darien game, […]

Showdown Saturday is almost upon us

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I only wish I could make it to all of them. Realistically, three is going to be a stretch. But I’m going to try. (Other than the postseason tripleheaders, this will be a first for me. So stay tuned, my friends.)

Wednesday's Top 5/Predictions/Score updates

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Most now view the FCIAC championship chase as a two-horse race between defending champion Darien and Ridgefield. Those two teams don’t meet till mid-May. But we may get a bit of an idea how the teams compare tonight when Darien visits Wilton.