Darien field hockey edges Ludlowe 1-0
DARIEN — In terms of scoring, Darien’s matchup with Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday wasn’t the most exciting field hockey game. What it was, was a display of two well-rounded teams with postseason aspirations gauging where they stand in the still-young season.
Darien tallied just over three minutes into the game, but that was the only time the ball found the back of the cage for either team in the Blue Wave’s 1-0 home win over the Falcons.
“We just got off to a good start,” said Darien’s Sydney Schrenker, who scored the lone goal of the contest off a feed from Kendall Wisniski. “We definitely, throughout our practices, have worked hard at getting that initial goal right off the bat. When we play as a unit we work a lot harder.”
Darien (6-0) would control pace for the rest of the first half, holding Ludlowe without a shot, but couldn’t make it hurt.
“I was really pleased at the start of the game,” Darien coach Mo Minicus said. “… but when that happens it gets piled in defensively so you try to get a corner and we just need to get our corners better. We started the season strong executing them but we haven’t in a while and that’s an issue in a game like this where it’s clogged defensively. Ludlowe’s defense was strong, with their backs against the wall they hung in there.”
That fortitude in the face of adversity is exactly what the Falcon defense strives for.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on the defense,” Ludlowe coach Joe Skarupa said. “That’s something we’ve worked on all year, and most of our games have showed it. We’ve played the toughest teams 2-1 or 4-2, they’ve all been tight games, so the kids played really well, and it was one of those things where they don’t know how to give up, they never give up.”
OUT OF THE WOODS
Ludlowe sits as 3-3 on the season, but given the early slate the Falcons had to face, that’s more than OK with Skarupa. “Well, we just finished with Darien, Greenwich, Staples and Wilton,” Skarupa said. “We only have three losses. We did beat Wilton and now were into the part of the season where we should excel—I say should—I never say it’s for sure, but we should. If they keep working this hard, they’re going to do well and we’ll be there come playoff time.”
DARIEN 1, FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 0
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 0 0—0
DARIEN 1 0—1
Records: Fairfield Ludlowe 3-3; Darien 6-0. Goals: D—Sydney Schrenker. Assists: D—Kendall Wisinski. Goalies: FL—Grace Ghee (7 saves); D—Erica Blaze (4). Shots: FL—7; D—14.