Those who have read some stories on this site or follow me on social media know I stepped far out on a limb the past two weeks proclaiming that if the Darien boys lacrosse team finished undefeated, it would be the best season ever by an FCIAC team in any sport.
The Blue Wave did just that on Saturday by edging New Canaan for the third time this year to end up 23-0 for just the second time in program history.
Usually the vote for Spring Team of the Year is the final one on the site for the school year. But if I’m going to say a team had the best season ever, I should back up that assertion. So after conferring with co-sponsor BlueStreak, we are naming the Darien boys lacrosse team The Ruden Report Spring Team of the Year. We will be awarding it a plaque and custom-made T-shirts in school colors.
Why do I believe the Blue Wave just completed the best season by an FCIAC school? For one, I don’t recall a time when four schools concurrently played as at as a high a level in one sport as Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Ridgefield did this year. The Blue Wave went 6-0 against them. Because lacrosse, unlike most other sports, does not require teams to play every other FCIAC school, there is more liberalism for non-league scheduling that the top programs take advantage of.
Case in point, Darien’s out-of-state wins came against powers like Niskayuna, Manhasset, Yorktown and St. Anthony’s. It is the overall strength of schedule behind my belief that Darien is not necessarily the best team in any sport in FCIAC history, but had the best season.