Entering each season, chasing perfection is the ultimate goal of the Darien boys lacrosse team.
This season, that chase for perfection produced a rare trifecta three-peat that culminated with a 23-0 final record. It displayed the dominance of the Darien lacrosse program that starts on the youth level, develops players on the high school level and watches players grown on the college level.
The trifecta three-peat began with Darien defeating New Canaan 9-5 in the FCIAC championship game for the Blue Wave’s third straight title. Darien defeated Simsbury 18-3 in the Class L final for its third straight state title – Class L titles the last two seasons and Class M in 2014.
Darien, which ended the season 23-0, completes the trifecta three-peat as the unanimous No. 1 team in the final GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 Lacrosse Poll with all 14 first place votes and 140 points.
“This team has been chasing perfection all season and caught it in a big way with a resounding state championship win over Simsbury on Saturday,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said.
“To three-peat as FCIAC and state champion and being the No. 1 team in Connecticut for the third year in a row is a true testament to the program, the high school and the town of Darien for their commitment to sport.”
New Canaan, which won its second straight Class M title with a 13-2 win over Hand in the final, finishes second in the poll with 125 points. Ridgefield is third with 112 points, Simsbury is fourth with 87 points and Staples is fifth with 84 points.
The recent Class L tournament championship game was Darien’s 13th championship game appearance. The Blue Wave now has two Class L titles, seven Class M titles and three Division I titles.
Among the top players for the Blue Wave were goalie Ryan Cornell, two-time CHSCA Connecticut Player of the Year Mark Evanchick — US Lacrosse’s Connecticut Player of the Year — middies Hudson Hamill and Rock Stewart and their starting attackmen Colin Minicus, Jack Kniffin and Kevin Lindley.
Perfection isn’t anything new to the Blue Wave. They also went 23-0 in 2014 and 2005.
“This was a special season but they are all special seasons,” Brameier said. “Each one is different. Our depth played a big part in our success this season. Not every team can rotate six middies and nine offensive guys in a game. Your guys never get tired using that many players. Our face offs and ball possession was another strength for us.”