NORWALK >> Perfection has always been the season’s goal for Darien coach Jeff Brameier.
It doesn’t get any better than this for Brameier and the Blue Wave, who end the season in dominating fashion to complete an unbeaten season for the second time in the last three seasons and third time overall.
Kevin Lindley had three goals and an assist and Jack Kniffin and Riley Stewart added three goals each to lead No. 1 seed Darien to an 18-3 win over No. 2 Simsbury at McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field on Saturday for the Blue Wave’s second straight Class L title.
Darien ends the season 23-0, following identical seasons in both 2014 and 2015. Overall, the Blue Wave have won 12 state titles – two Class L, seven Class M and three Division I championships
“The only thing I put up on board heading into the season is 23-0,” Brameier said. “It’s the only thing you really want to strive for. Being the third Darien team to go unbeaten is special. Everyone chipped in today and that has been our MO this season.
“We have three attackman who shared the scoring and playmaking, Tanner (Strub) was great on the face-offs and we rotated nine offensive players, which allowed us to never get tired. It’s a great feeling to get another title.”
The Blue Wave dominated in every phase of the game, scoring the first five goals of the game and never looked back. Lindley scored with 2:19 to go in the first quarter to give the Blue Wave their 5-0 lead.
“We knew we were the better team,” Lindley said. “We came out strong and buried them. By the time it was 5-0 all the nerves had gone away.
“Winning the title is great. But finishing 23-0 is the best thing. Only two other Darien teams have accomplished that feat. All our success is the result of our tough (regular season) schedule, especially with the out-of-state teams. It really prepares us for this.”
Keith Penney got the Trojans on the board with a goal 32 seconds later to make it 5-1.
Darien scored the next three goals capped by a Riley Stewart goal for an 8-1 lead with 8:07 to go in the second quarter.
Torben Wunderle scored for Simsbury to cut the Darien lead to 8-2 with 5:48 to go in the second quarter. But the Blue Wave scored the next nine goals to put the game away.
Colin Walsh had nine saves for Simsbury (20-2). Ryan Cornell had seven saves and Andrew Clarke had one.
Darien 18, Simsbury 3
Simsbury 1 1 0 1 — 3
Darien 6 6 3 3 — 18
Goals: (DR) Riley Stewart 3; Jack Kniffin 3; Kevin Lindley 3; Finlay Collins 2; Liam Rischmann 2; Nick Green 1; Jack Book 1; Jake Kirby 1; Hudson Hamill 1; Colin Minicus 1; (Sims) Torben Wunderle 1; Keith Penney 1; Willem Rooney 1;
Assists: (DR) Colin Minicus 5; Hudson Hamill 2; Jake Kirby 1; Kevin Lindley 1; (Sims) Zachary Levin 1;
Saves: (DR) Ryan Cornell 7; Andrew Clarke 1; (Sims) Colin Walsh 9;
Shots—Sims: 11; DR: 27;
Team records—Darien 23-0; Simsbury 20-2