Bellissimo continues the Darien-to-Stanford lacrosse connection

When Dillon Schoen first headed west to join the Stanford women’s lacrosse team in the fall of 2014, she was entering uncharted waters as the first player from coach Lisa Lindley’s Darien lacrosse program to play for the Cardinal. As it turns out, Schoen was opening the floodgates. Senior Kate Bellissimo became the latest member … Read more

O’Connell lifts New Canaan girls soccer to FCIAC West title over Darien

DARIEN — New Canaan senior girls soccer player Courtney O’Connell was as surprised as anyone when her corner kick early in the second half wound up in the back of the net. O’Connell’s kick came hooking in from the left corner and an attempt to punch it over the top of the goal by Darien’s … Read more

Greenwich volleyball edges Darien in five-set thriller for FCIAC West crown

GREENWICH — When the final point hit the floor in the Greenwich gym to end the 2020 volleyball season, the host Cardinals had secured a wild 3-2 win over Darien, a perfect record, and an FCIAC West Region title. For the players, however, simply having the opportunity to play may have outweighed the championship hardware. … Read more

Three playoff games involving Darien moved to Wednesday

All three tournament games involving Darien have been postponed as the high school completes contact tracing on Tuesday. The games, two against Greenwich and one against Stamford, are now scheduled to be played on Wednesday. FCIAC West Volleyball Final No. 2 Darien at No. 1 Greenwich FCIAC West Girls Soccer Semifinals No. 4 Stamford at … Read more

Chloe Humphrey’s hat trick lifts Darien past rival New Canaan

DARIEN — There was no way for New Canaan girls soccer coach Rich Hickson to sugarcoat the situation following the Rams’ latest battle with Darien. It was, he said, “beyond frustrating.” For the third time this season, Darien and New Canaan waged an epic battle befitting two evenly-matched teams, and for the third time, Darien … Read more

Greenwich girls, Darien boys win FCIAC West regular season cross country titles

GREENWICH — Tuesday marked the final regular season meet of the season for the Greenwich and Darien boys and girls cross country teams and besides the rival angle, adding to the competition’s excitement was the fact that the FCIAC West Region regular season title was at stake. The Cardinals and Blue Wave each entered Tuesday’s … Read more

Darien field hockey upends rival New Canaan in second of three meetings

NEW CANAAN — In a typical season, a battle between the New Canaan and Darien field hockey teams would be a preview of a playoff showdown late in the postseason. Under current circumstances, however, the latest game between the rivals could more succinctly be titled “Round Two.” Freshman Blake Wilks sandwiched two goals around a … Read more

Darien XC unveils new home course after 15 years of road meets

DARIEN — Darien’s cross country runners have become very adept at being road warriors. Fifteen years without a home meet tends to have that effect. But as the Blue Wave is finding out this fall, there’s no place like home. Running on the new course on the Darien High School campus, the Blue Wave boys … Read more

Darien volleyball wins back-to-back against rival New Canaan

NEW CANAAN — One of the unusual quirks of the 2020 volleyball season, alongside masks and safety protocols of course, is the fact that rivals such as Darien and New Canaan wound up facing each other twice, in back-to-back games, at the start of the schedule. For the Blue Wave, the situation worked out just … Read more

Coaches Corner: Jeff Brameier, Darien

Jeff Brameier Darien Boys Lacrosse Years as head coach: 37+ Winningest coach in Connecticut lacrosse history Other sports coached or currently coaching: Was head coach of Darien football and boys swimming; Coached football for 28-plus years, and swimming for 9-plus years. Full-time profession: Retired teacher; director of lacrosse in regional programs and at Chelsea Piers … Read more