NORWALK—Winning titles is never an easy task.
It’s not snap your fingers and put another championship plaque in the trophy case.
It takes desire and character and sweat and unwavering belief.
The Wilton girls lacrosse team gave Darien everything it could handle and more Thursday night in the FCIAC girls lacrosse championship final at Norwalk High’s Testa Field.
The Blue Wave absorbed the punishment and rose to the challenge to walk away with its seventh consecutive FCIAC championship by holding off determined Wilton, 11-10.
“It could have gone either way. Wilton is such a strong squad,” said Darien’s veteran coach Lisa Lindley. “We had an issue with draws in the first half. But we did better in the second half. I am so so proud the way our girls persevered. They almost gave me a heart attack. But the finish was so great to see.”
Wilton played Darien to a 7-7 halftime stalemate and led 9-8 with 19:04 to go.
The Warriors received four goals from Eva Greco and three goals from Paisley Eagan in a balanced, thoughtful attack.
But it wasn’t enough to keep Darien from its appointed title.
It was Katie Ramsay who scored what proved to be the winning goal with 5:50 left to play.
But the Darien defense and junior goalie Maggie Brooks (7 saves, game MVP) proved equally heroic.
“We couldn’t do anything more than we did. The girls left it all on the field,” Wilton coach Meredith Meyran said. “It’s all about heart and hustle and trust in title games. Only thing we did wrong was four yellow cards (penalties) in the second half. You can’t give Darien that much power-play time.”
FCIAC Girls Lacrosse Championship
DARIEN 11, WILTON 10
WILTON 7 3—10
DARIEN 7 4—11
Records: Wilton 15-5, Darien 17-2. Scoring: W—Julia Bonnist 1g; Paisley Eagan 3g, 1a; Eva Greco 4g; Sophia Sudano 1g; Taylor LaMantia 1g; D— Emma Jacques 1g; Maddie Joyce 1g; Ashley Humphrey 3g, 1a; Nicole Humphrey 2g, 2a; Charlotte Wittstock 1a; Christine Fiore 2g; Catherine Dugan 1g; Katie Ramsay 1g. Goalies: W—Zoe Lash (4 saves), Bridgette Wall ( 0) D—Maggie Brooks (7 saves)