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Darien Girls Win With Speed

The Cadets just couldn’t keep up with the Wave. Darien's girls lacrosse made the most of its fast-break opportunities and aggressive defense to defeat St. Joseph, 19-8 Friday afternoon. The Blue Wave improved to 11-1, and remains unbeaten in the state. The Cadets fell to 1-10.

Darien wasted no time, as Ann Pucigna sped down the field off the opening faceoff to score the first goal just 14 seconds into the game. St. Joseph managed to answer quickly, picking up the equalizer less than 1 1/2 minutes later. The Cadets managed to keep pace for the early minutes of the first half, keeping the deficit at 4-2 until the ninth minute. From that point on, however, Darien scored nine unanswered goals, most coming off fast breaks from turnovers and face-offs. The Blue Wave held St. Joseph’s scoreless for over 14 minutes, and headed into halftime with a 15-3 lead.

St. Joseph’s managed to stage a minor comeback, coming out in the second half and scoring three unanswered goals. The Cadets’ defense was much more aggressive later in the game, forcing 10 turnovers in the second, doubling their first-half total. As a result, they outscored the Blue Wave 5-4 for the half. “Of course, there is some drop-off when the second string comes in,” said Darien Coach Lisa Lindley, referring to her decision to pull her starters. “But to St. Joseph’s credit, they have some great players, and they were able to capitalize.”

With the win, Darien stays atop the FCIAC standings with two weeks left before the conference tournament. Still, Lindley is reluctant to make any predictions. “It’s too early to tell,” she said. “We’ve got three big game in the next two weeks.” The Blue Wave will travel to Farmingdale, N.Y. Saturday afternoon, and will close out the season May 13 at Greenwich Academy and May 15 at Suffern, N.Y.

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