Girls Lacrosse

The Ruden View: A Project Leads To Darien’s Caroline McGuire, Incoming Union College Lacrosse Player

DARIEN — Like any college graduate, I take pride in my alma mater, Union College. It is a small liberal arts school with a strong Division III sports program near Albany.

If you hadn’t heard of it before, you probably did this past April after the little engine that could won the NCAA championship in hockey, the one sport in which it competes at the Division I level.

And like any alumnus, I always take pleasure in discovering which local high school students are headed to the scenic campus, or at least are interested in applying. Admittedly, I take a little more note if that person happens to be an athlete.

Nick Williams, one of the stars of the St. Joseph baseball team, will be a Dutchman starting next month. Recently, someone told me about a girl from Darien named Caroline McGuire, a lacrosse player and incoming freshman.


Secretaries Of Defense: Melillo, Stark Have Stepped Up For Danbury Girls Lacrosse Program

Had you asked seniors Bianca Melillo and Laurie Stark in middle school if lacrosse would be a part of their futures, they would have been quick to say no. Now, the two Danbury High School defenders have been an integral part of their team and been playing nonstop since their freshmen years.

“I had never touched a stick before,” Melillo said. “I played soccer for the varsity lacrosse coach and she said I should try out, so freshman year I picked up a stick and made varsity.”

Melillo’s freshman season was cut short due to a torn ACL, but her comeback season saw a new addition to the defense when Stark transferred from Immaculate High School.


Cadet First Class: Focus, Motivation, Talent Made New Canaan’s Sami Stewart The New Army Women’s Lacrosse Program’s First Recruit

NEW CANAAN—At the start of every school year, Sami Stewart’s teachers would inevitably ask all students what they wanted to do when they were grown up.

Most of her classmates gave conventional answers. Stewart’s made their heads turn more firmly in her direction.

“I would say I want to be in the Army or the military,” Stewart recalled. “I felt the urge to serve my country and help people.”

Stewart’s lifelong dream is now going to come true. Last week the New Canaan High School junior gave a verbal commitment to become the first recruit of Army’s new women’s lacrosse program, which will begin in the 2015-16 school year.


Darien’s Emily Stein To End Storied 3-Sport Career Playing In Under Armour Classic

DARIEN — Those looking to enter the workforce are instructed it is best to keep their resume to one page.

That would seem an impossible task for Darien’s Emily Stein, though she is at least four years away from searching for her first full-time job.

Her room is full of championship medallions and individual trophies. She is headed to one of the premier schools for female lacrosse players.


Best In Class: Wilton and Darien Roll To State Girls Lacrosse Titles

STRATFORD—Four teams came to play in the two top classes on championship Saturday at Bunnell High School, hoping to earn the title of state champion. In the end, it was Wilton and Darien that both came out on top as the CIAC Class M and Class L champions, respectively, one in a nailbiter and the other in a high-scoring affair.

The day opened with a thriller between FCIAC rivals Wilton and New Canaan in their third straight meeting in the CIAC Class M championship. This time, they played extended minutes after ending regulation with a tie score, and Wilton ended it with an 8-6 win.

The Rams took home the win the previous two finals, however the Warriors took those experiences and made it click to get the win this time around.

Boys Lacrosse

Staples That “Other” State Lacrosse Finalist; A Quick Glance At CIAC Title Games

The anticipation is high for Saturday’s state boys lacrosse title game involving two FCIAC schools.

No, not that one.

While the Class M championship between Darien and New Canaan has dominated the attention, that will be preceded by the Class L final, featuring No. 2 Greenwich and ninth-seeded Staples.

The Wreckers (15-5) have been the FCIAC’s good team that no one has talked about, overshadowed by the so-called Big Four of Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield and the Cardinals.


Perticone’s 5 Goals Help Carry Blue Wave Back To Class L Championship Game

WEST HAVEN—The defending Class L champions will continue their quest for a repeat as the Darien Blue Wave defeated the No. 7-seeded Cheshire Rams in the Class L semifinals on Tuesday 12-6.

What was a close game at the start soon featured a Darien rout in the second half led by senior co-captain Hollis Perticone, who had a team-high five goals for the third-seeded Blue Wave (20-2).

Cheshire came out hot, taking an early 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder Olivia Larson scored off of a free position and Maddie Leavy quickly followed with a turnaround shot on goal to give the Rams a quick start.

Darien did not panic.