In 14-8 loss, Ridgefield gives Darien a rare test

Not many opponents can play well enough to worry the Darien High girls lacrosse team.

Ridgefield did.

The Tigers scored the first goal Tuesday and had a 4-3 lead over unbeaten Darien with 15 minutes gone in the opening half.

But the Blue Wave, ranked eighth nationally in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25, came back to go ahead 7-5 at halftime and went on to a 14-8 victory over Ridgefield in Darien.

With the win, Darien improved its record to 5-0 this season. Ridgefield dropped to 2-3, although its losses have come against three traditional powers: John Jay (N.Y.), Greenwich Academy, and Darien.

Junior goalie Lexi Held was one of the protagonists for the Tigers. Held finished with 11 saves, including the 300th of her career. Seven of her stops came in the first half.

"Lexi was focused and determined today and turned away some early Darien attempts," Ridgefield head coach Cece Berger said. "She also came up big with two loose balls and forced two Darien turnovers in her defensive area."

Caitlin Slaminko led the Ridgefield offense with four goals. Maeve Tobin added two goals, including the opening score just 45 seconds into the game.

Abby Winkler and Karley Smith had one goal each to round out the scoring for the Tigers.

Riley Peters, Hannah Boylan, Aly Gagnon, and Tobin contributed one assist apiece. Peters also had a team-high five draw controls.

Sarah Jaques had three goals for Darien and Nicole Humphrey added two goals.