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Darien High School Sports Preview - Spring 2013

Darien High School Sports Preview - Spring 2013

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 Darien High School Spring 2013
Page 2D
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
Case Matheis
Tony Britton
Henry West
, all majorAll-Americans, are lost tograduation.And that’s not all.
Tommy Lyons
Bobby Weaver
Tim Murphy’s
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
Jeff Brameier
, 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
Kevin Seiler
 returns at starting attack.Captains
Sean Foley
Brendan Hathaway
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
Peter Gesualdi
CJ Raia
.“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,
Jon Magnusson
, 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.
Phil Huffard
, 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
Peter Lindley
(UMass),who came on like an old handaround the net last season, and
John Reed
(Bucknell).“Then we have senior
James Lyons
, who is veryquick and darty, can see timein both attack and midfield.”And there is freshman,lefty
Jack Kniffin
, who hasscored half a dozen goals inpreseason.“He’s a quick little headykid,” said Brameier. “Verycomfortable out there.”Freshman
Colin Minicus
  joins him as a solid rookie onattack.“They are going to be in themix,” said Brameier.Three juniors move inat midfield:
Kyle Cornell
 (Bryant), who saw much timeon offense and defense lastyear;
Harry Gillespie
, whoBrameier calls one of Darien’stop shooters in the midfield;and
Owen Koorbusch
Ian Burgoyne
 will see time at third shortstick and is a two-way topmiddie.“It gives us a lot of goodsize,” Brameier said.
Andrew Pugliese
comesin as a top face-off man assophomore.
Clay Barker
(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.
Daniel Traver
, a sopho-more will back him up.
Theo Frelinghuysen
isthird long pole.Defensively, Darien returns
Sam Meyjes
, senior
, playing well in pre-season, juniors
Kyle Gifford
Christian Cochran
Carter Rae
, sophomore
Jack Feeley
and freshmanlong pole
Mark Evanchick
, 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
Jamie Hanford
.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.”
 Steven Buono
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
Ian Crane
Patrick Collins
Ben Sickinger
.Juniors are
Jacqueline Haranzo
Haley Okun
.Sophomores are, many, including
Owen Beringer
Megan Berry
Florian Eenkema van Dijk
Taylor Hart
Emma Janson
Christopher Milne
Vincent Puzio
Connor Schiff 
Sarah Beringer
William Crane
Seniors Crane, Collins, Nelson, Sickinger lead on the sea
 Sailing 2013
This is the year coach Jeff Brameier makes it 30 seasons at the helm for the Wave
Page 3D
Two-time FCIAC Champs reload on the mound
 Steven Buono
Emma Hamilton takes a senior captain roll.
By Steven Buono
Times Sports Editor 
The two-time defendingFCIAC champs are led bysome girls that helped get theWave into the winner’s circlelast spring.Some very significant oth-ers, though, are gone.
Brittany Osborne
, a firstbaseman, center fielder
and left fielder
are senior captains.“There are a lot of girlscompeting for positions,” saidDarien coach
Nick DeMaio
,with final choices coming latedue to the winter that wouldnot go away.Sophomore
Erica Osherow
 is set to take the mound,although there are a bunch of other girls working on pitch-ing as well.Osherow came on andmade a quick impact at shortlast season.“Right now, it looks likeErica is the leading candi-date,” DeMaio said.Sophomores
Avery Maley
Rebecca DeMaio
are likely tobe in the starting lineup, justwhere is to be determined.Senior
Emily Moscotello
 is back from the 2011 team.The Wave is without agroup that helped to propelit to two titles, with, amongthem, star pitcher
, catcher
Courtney Bell
, alllost to graduation.“We lost that core of seniorsthat were together for a longtime,” said DeMaio of thetrio who were primary hitters.“And so now we have to haveother girls step up.”Darien still has lots of powerin reserve in sophomore
, in the title lineup lastseason, and second baseman junior
Julia Domiziano
. Bothcan hit.“We still have a fair amountcoming back,” DeMaio added.“It’s just that we have to plugthose holes that were left.That’s what we are concen-trating on.”At catcher, third and atshort are the main concerns asfar as filling holes goes.The main plan is a simpleone.“To go out there and com-pete again,” DeMaio said.The Wave started the seasonhosting Kaynor Tech in a non-league game on Wednesdayand plays at Masuk Saturdayin another non-FCIAC tilt.
 Softball 2013
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