THE DARIEN TIMES, THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
By Steven Buono
Times Sports Editor
If opportunity knocks, itis hitting Blue Wave boys’lacrosse’s door with a sledge-hammer.All-time scoring leader
, all majorAll-Americans, are lost tograduation.And that’s not all.
absences alsoneed to be factored in if youwant to know what’s beeninflicted upon Wave 2013 withthis year’s particularly taxingcollege exodus.“And on and on and on,”said
, whohas seen it all before and inTechnicolor, starting his 30thyear as Wave coach. “Butwe’re used to that.”It says the most aboutBrameier’s three decade’s, thatthe loss of a crew that wouldcrater most any other team— Rams, Warriors, Tigersincluded — can not be evenslightly moaned about. Not byBrameier.“Every year we’re goingto lose kids like that,” he con-tinued, “every year is the nextguys’ opportunity.”Cue the Thor at the door.But many are expected toanswer that hard knock, start-ing with the captains.There are five.Captain
returns at starting attack.Captains
areback at midfield, althoughHathaway broke his leg play-ing hockey and will not likelybe available before May.Two short stick D middieswho handled things very welllast season are new captains
.“We’re not necessarilyrebuilding, but giving a guywho has been waiting his timeto get on the field and showwhat he can do,” Brameiersaid. “You see it every year.”A lot of kids don’t get toplay until their senior year,due to the strength of the pro-gram.“Not very much,” Brameiersaid. “Not a starting role.”And these too are playerswho step into college careers,with about an entire squad fullof them active on universityfields this season, as usual.“We had kids last year likeCorey Eppley and TommyLyons,
, whoreally were just senior start-ers,” Brameier said. “Andthose kids got into their senioryear and really stepped up tohave big time years.”Matheis, now at Duke, wasa select case, having been theonly player to start as a fresh-man, and keep starting, for theWave.This year 46 freshmen cameout for the team.“A lot of talent there,”Brameier said. “We’re excitedabout the future.”And so it goes.
, slated forYale as a junior, is back in thecage.“Started as a sophomore,and a great rookie season forhim,” said Brameier. “And heis going to be one of the pre-mier goalies in the state thisyear.”At attack, it’s Seiler, com-mitted to Colby, a likely snip-er in
(UMass),who came on like an old handaround the net last season, and
(Bucknell).“Then we have senior
, who is veryquick and darty, can see timein both attack and midfield.”And there is freshman,lefty
, who hasscored half a dozen goals inpreseason.“He’s a quick little headykid,” said Brameier. “Verycomfortable out there.”Freshman
joins him as a solid rookie onattack.“They are going to be in themix,” said Brameier.Three juniors move inat midfield:
(Bryant), who saw much timeon offense and defense lastyear;
, whoBrameier calls one of Darien’stop shooters in the midfield;and
will see time at third shortstick and is a two-way topmiddie.“It gives us a lot of goodsize,” Brameier said.
comesin as a top face-off man assophomore.
(Class of ’12)took the draw last year.“Hathaway is really our No.1 guy,” Brameier said.Which makes Pugliese andKoorbusch the go-to face-off guys in Hathaway’s stead.Freshman middie
, who Brameier saysis tough and with good skillswill also get a look.Defensive midfield longpole, last year’s back-up
will be the starter.
, a sopho-more will back him up.
isthird long pole.Defensively, Darien returns
, playing well in pre-season, juniors
and freshmanlong pole
, aphysical force.“I’m very happy withwhat’s going on,” Brameiersaid.And he’s happy with oneall-time great who was bothlost to graduation long ago,and now also returns, in CTHall of Famer and formerpro star, international player
.Hanford is back in blue andwhite as assistant coach (
see feature on Hanford archived on our site
).Defending Class M statechamp Darien was beat-en in the FCIAC semis byRidgefield last year, one of only two losses.Brameier thinks Greenwichis the preseason favorite for2013, returning all starters.“The FCIAC is alwaysgoing to be a challenge,” headded.And actually getting intothe 30th season commandingthe Blue Wave bench?“This is when you reallyget to coach the team andwork on strategy, breakdownopponents, that kind of stuff,”Brameier said. “It’s always achallenge to see how you canput the puzzle together.”
Defender Peter Gesualdi (right) is one of five Wave captains.
‘Every year is the next guys’ opportunity’
Boys Lacrosse 2013
Darien’s sailing team is led by seniors
.Sophomores are, many, including
Florian Eenkema van Dijk
Seniors Crane, Collins, Nelson, Sickinger lead on the sea
This is the year coach Jeff Brameier makes it 30 seasons at the helm for the Wave