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.


Darien Football Linemen Win State Competition

By now, few people who follow high school football are unfamiliar with 7 on 7 camps and competitions, which is an all passing game without the linemen.

Knowledgeable fans also know without a good offensive line, even the best quarterbacks, running backs and receivers are greatly minimized.

So it is noteworthy that nine linemen from Darien High School’s football team won the sixth annual Linemen Challenge, held in Berlin this past Saturday. This is the first time Darien sent a team to the event, which consisted of 32 teams competing in eight challenging physical tests, which included sled, tire flip and the grueling ‘move the mountain’ relays, as well as a truck push and tug of war. Darien not only won the overall competition but also placed in the top three in all but one event.


Stamford Legion’s Season Ends With 7-5 Loss To Cheshire

STAMFORD— A late-game push from Stamford Legion fell short at Cubeta Stadium Tuesday night in the Super Regional, resulting in a 7-5 loss to Cheshire, marking the end of Stamford’s state tournament run along with its summer season.

Stamford, which hours earlier defeated Branford in an elimination game, 2-0, found itself in a hole at the very start after things did not go its way in the top of the first inning. Cheshire took a quick 1-0 lead off of an RBI single and bumped it up to 2-0 after the umpire made a balk call. After a few more base hits, Cheshire led at the end of the inning, 4-0.

“It’s tough when you give a team a four-spot in the first inning,” Coach Kevin Murray said. “Was I nervous? No, because I knew there was a whole game to play. There were nine innings. I knew we were going to battle back and it was just a matter of time when we got our timing down.”


Stamford Legion 2, Branford 0: With Season On Line, Stone Again Delivers

STAMFORD—Kevin Murray’s job as the coach of Stamford’s Senior Legion baseball team is akin to that of a landscaper.

Survey the layout, then set the pitching rotation around it.

Murray’s task is much easier in that he possesses what others lack: a pair of aces in Kevin Stone and Randy Polonia. Murray can size up the competition and work around them.

On Tuesday afternoon, with Stamford’s season on the line, Murray again turned to Stone. And again, Stone failed to disappoint.


Top Of The Line: Two New Canaan Football Graduates Looking To Make It Big In Men’s Activewear

NEW CANAAN—Nate Checketts and Jon Drenckhahn have a question for active males: are you willing to buy workout and casual attire that can cost close to double the industry standard, but which they claim will perform better and last longer?

The two New Canaan High School graduates have thrown all of their chips into the table betting that the answer is yes.

Checketts is the co-founder and Drenckhahn the vice president of business development of Rhone Apparel, a new men’s line that will be celebrating its first anniversary in November.

Gearing up for a major fall launch, the company right now offers five different styles of shirts, four types of shorts and pants, and socks geared for men to wear to the gym or during their down time.


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.


Survive And Advance: Stamford Legion Wins Dramatic 3rd Game With Middletown To Move On In State Tournament

STAMFORD—The Stamford Senior Legion team’s fate came down to a full count in Middletown’s last at-bat of game 3 in the Sweet 16 series at Cubeta Stadium on Thursday night. After shuffling through a handful of pitchers between games 2 and 3, it was Ronnie Jackson who had the ball in his hands against Middletown’s hard hitter Will Woods.

Jackson earned possibly the strikeout of his life as the final pitch sealed Stamford’s 5-4 victory and advancement in the state tournament.

“Ronnie wants the ball in that spot,” Coach Kevin Murray said. “He wanted the ball, I saw it in his eyes and we had true confidence in him to come in and throw strikes, and he did the job.”


Harvard Man: New Canaan Receiver Alex LaPolice Gives Verbal Commitment To Play For Crimson

NEW CANAAN—Throughout the recruiting process, there were a pair of constants driving Alex LaPolice on the road to a decision about his future.

The first was to use his athletic ability in two sports to get the best education possible. And, if given the choice, he preferred to play football over baseball.

It was within that guideline, and the accompanying opened doors, that LaPolice, a senior wide receiver on the New Canaan football team, on Wednesday night gave a verbal commitment to play at Harvard.


Stamford 3, Middletown 2: Stamford Legion Well-Armed For Deep Summer Run

STAMFORD — You don’t put up a 24-3 record without talent, something the Stamford Senior Legion baseball team has in abundance.

Coach Kevin Murray has had the luxury of decision-making in a liberal manner. If it seems like he bucks convention, it is that he is not constrained in a way as some of his colleagues.

That has been evident throughout the summer and was again on Wednesday afternoon, when Stamford opened a state tournament Sweet 16 best-of-three series against Middletown.


Redd Alert: Silas Redd Ready To Face A New Challenge As Redskins Free Agent

Silas Redd is no stranger to challenges. His life the past five years has been like that of a hurdler, clearing obstacles represented by life decisions and setbacks.

So as Redd left Norwalk on Tuesday for training camp as a free agent running back with the Redskins, he was not ill-equipped for his most formidable quest yet.

“It’s all learning experiences,” Redd said on Monday. “Stuff I appreciate and stuff I don’t take for granted.”

It all started when Redd graduated from King and decided to take the next step toward his professional aspirations at Penn State.