Weather permitting we plan on starting the season on Saturday March 5th. The full schedule can be found under the documents tab on the left hand side of the home webpage. Please look for the PDF file- 2016 weekly schedule. Please note that during the first two weeks of the season we will only have practices during the weekend practice times.
The website and email are our primary communication channels. Always check the home page, your team page and your email for schedule information prior to heading to the fields, especially if you have any question about the weather. Emails are generated and sent for all changes to the schedule, and you can link your calendars online to your player(s) schedules through the website. It is vital that you have correct email addresses listed so that you receive our communications. You can add/edit/delete emails and other contact information by going to "Edit My Account" on the website and logging in to your account.
Boys at all ages are required to play with full gear, which includes a stick, helmet (may be a hockey helmet), gloves, shoulder and arm pads, a cup and a mouth guard for boys 3rd - 8th. Girls at all ages are required to have a girls stick, face mask and mouth guard.
For those of you who are new to the program, you may not know this but DHS appears to have its own polar vortex, primarily in March and April. Dress accordingly. Please add layers, it always feels 10-20 degrees colder on the oval than it does in your driveway.
The DHS location is terrific for allowing us to be in one place for all of our home activities, but the traffic can be tough. Please allow for plenty of time to get your players to the fields. Plan on parking and walking the younger players to their fields, do not let them walk alone across the parking lots. Drive safely and pay attention as there are a lot of small bodies around.
Saturday was a good day for the lacrosse teams from Darien (Conn.).
Guided by coaches Jeff Brameier and Lisa Lindley, the boys' and girls' teams from the Connecticut powerhouse each claimed Class L state titles. Each team finished with identical 20-3 records.
The Blue Wave boys eked past Ridgefield for the third time this season, securing a 6-5 championship win. The Darien girls topped Wilton for the third time this season, as they won 14-10 in their state final.
"One of the things that I always tell people is that we're blessed in our [boys' and girls'] programs because we have amazing depth," Darien girls' coach Lisa Lindley said. "I have players that don't start for me that could start anywhere else in the state. We also have one of the best youth developmental programs around. Each year, the girls I get are just stronger and stronger because they are being exposed to the sport and the program so early."
The Blue Wave girls, who won their third straight state title and 14th overall, utilized this depth in the state final win over Wilton on Saturday, as they -- not uncharacteristically -- rallied back from a slow start. Darien trailed 4-1 early but battled back, as it has in several other games this season.
"We were kind of flat on defense," said Lindley, who just completed her 21st season as coach at Darien. "We were fouling a lot and giving them a lot of free positions. We weren't winning the draws."
Darien (Conn.) claimed its third straight Class L state title with a 14-10 win over Wilton (Conn.).
Lindley inserted freshman Katie Ramsey into the draw circle, and Ramsey helped the Blue Wave gain some momentum. Gabriella Noto and Anna Moorhead each recorded four goals to lead Darien's attack.
On the boys' side, Ryan Cornell recorded seven saves to help the Blue Wave claim their ninth state title in 11 years and first in Class L, the state's highest classification.
Hudson Hamill finished with two goals and one assist, and Colin Minicus added one goal and three assists for the Blue Wave. The close defense of Robby Arrix, Mark Evanchick, Daniel Traver and Peter Doering was instrumental in the defensive struggle, Brameier said.
"We've obviously been the marquee program for the last 10 to 15 years in the state of Connecticut," Brameier said. "We're excited for the L title and the fact that we beat a very good Ridgefield team to get it.
"It was a great season. Obviously we didn't go 23-0, but we went as far as you can go in the state of Connecticut. We beat Niskayuna, the New York State Class A champion. We beat Manhasset, the runner-up in [New York] Class B. We beat Yorktown, who was a New York state semifinalist [in Class C]. And we beat the other two Connecticut state champions. It was a great season for us."
Darien suffered its three losses within a four-game stretch over seven days, including two in-state losses – one to New Canaan, which it avenged at the end of the regular season – and a loss to St. Anthony's (N.Y.). The Blue Wave ended the season on an eight-game winning streak.
"We still have a very young team, and we're excited about the future," said Brameier, who started the Darien program in 1984.
Winning has become a tradition at Darien. Peer pressure, of sorts, serves as the greatest motivation, according to Lindley.
"No class wants to graduate and be that class that doesn't win anything," she said. "That's their biggest fear. I don't put fear into them. That's what truly motivates these girls. They see that it's a privilege and an honor to wear this jersey."
Brameier echoed those sentiments.
"I think it's just a testament to the town and the support the town gives its athletic program," Brameier said. "You can look at the school and say, alright, we're not just successful in lacrosse. We won the state and FCIAC championship in girls' volleyball, we won the state and FCIAC championship in girls' swimming and the state and FCIAC championship in hockey. The list goes on and on. We're fortunate to be in a town that is committed to achieving a high level of success in both academics and athletics."