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Boys Lacrosse: Amity Picking Up Momentum, Defeats Hamden

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Apr 132017
 

The Amity Boys Lacrosse team hosted Hamden in Woodbridge on Wednesday.

Mark DellaTorre led the Spartans to a 9-6 win scoring 3 goals and with 1 assist.

Also for Amity, Tyler Vincent had 2 goals and 1 assist; Adam Cusano had 1 goal and 1 assist; Colin Hughes, Chris Bierezoweic, and Matt Weidenfeller each made 1 goal. Ryan Rattley and Luke Smith each had 2 assists.

Hamden’s Ryan Morely made 4 goals, teammates Nevins and Miller each made 1 goal.

Scoreboard:
Amity       2-3-3-1 = 9
Hamden  0-0-3-3 = 6
Amity worked hard and far outshot Hamden 32-19.
Goalies Matt Perrotti made 12 saves for Amity and Kevin Collins made 13 saves for Hamden.
Records:  Amity 3-2, Hamden 1-3

Preview: 2016 Amity Boys Lacrosse

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Apr 012016
 

File Photo from 2013: Sophomore goalie Evan Campbell leaps into the air for one of 18 saves during the April 5 game.

File Photo from 2013: Sophomore goalie Evan Campbell leaps into the air for one of 18 saves.

With the Amity Lacrosse Season beginning tomorrow, Orange Live asked Coach Brandon Pepe for his thoughts on the 2016 team.

Here’s what he said:

We have a lot of talent returning to our roster, coming off an 11-7 season and a first round loss to CIAC state champion Darien. We have a very balanced roster coming into the season, and are expecting another great season.

We are led by our four senior captains, Mikey Pretlove, Mike DeVito, Ian MacDonald, and Sam King.

A memory from the 2014 Amity LAX season.

A memory from the 2014 Amity LAX season.

Anthony Uscilla and Tyler Vincent, along with co-captain Ian MacDonald will start at Attack.

Sam King leads the midfield, along with Mike Cavanagh, Ryan Rattley, and Mark DellaTorre.

The defense is led by co-captains Mikey Pretlove, a 3 year starter, and Mike DeVito. James Cofrancesco will start alongside them, and Greg Pignataro will see extended playing time as a defensive midfielder.

In goal we have Matt Perrotti, who gained valuable experience last season as a sophomore. He looks poised in the net so far, and we expect great things from him.

We have a good mix of senior leadership and talented underclassmen. I have been impressed with many of our young sophomores including midfielders Luke Smith and Matt Weidenfeller, and defenseman Paul Buda. All will get significant playing time. We have a very demanding schedule this year, and will be playing in a lot of close games.

We play in one of the best lacrosse conferences in the country. One of our most important pieces on the team is our faceoff specialist, Cory Sachs. Cory is excellent at his craft, and able to get us extra possessions with his faceoff abilities. That is a huge asset to the team.

Overall, the team is very focused and excited heading into our first game this week.

The first game is HOME against New Milford on Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m. NOTE: Boys Lacrosse start time postponed to 4pm today on field #3.

 

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Gets First Season Win Against Branford

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Apr 132015
 

IMG_8309The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team came on strong under the Friday Night Lights in Branford in its second game of the season.
The Spartans were ahead of the Hornets 2-1 in the first quarter; 4-2 in the second; 6-4 in the third and kept the lead all the way to the end with a 7-5 win.
Brad Uscilla led Amity in scoring with 3 goals and 1 assist; Jake Milner had 1 goal and 2 assists; Sam King, Ben DiMauro and Matt DeLizio each had 1 goal and Nick Mazzacco had 1 assist.
Noah Lohman made 2 goals for Branford, E. Duffy, Mike Potter and Mike Caminear each made 1 goal.
Goalies on both sides worked hard, Evan Campbell made 12 saves for the Spartans and Zach DeGoursey made 11 saves for the Hornets.
Amity coach Brandon Pepe said, “It was good to get our first win on the road against a conference opponent. We are looking forward from here and hope this can build the momentum we need against some very good teams that we play this week.”

Records: Amity, 1-1; Branford, 1-1.

Amity goes up against Daniel Hand Monday, April 13 in Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m. and away at Guilford on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Advances To Semi-Finals

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Jun 082014
 

IMG_7179The Amity Boys Lacrosse team accomplished something today that the program hasn’t seen in 11 years — they earned a space in the semi-finals for the CIAC state championship.

The #5 seeded Spartans took on the #4 Green Wave in New Milford for the CIAC quarterfinal game at 4 p.m.

Amity dominated the game, ending the first quarter 5-1; second quarter score 9-1; in the third quarter the score went up to 11-3 — but in the final quarter, New Milford stepped up and scored 6 goals, but it wasn’t enough. Amity won 12-9 and advances to the semi-finals.

#5 Amity goes into the semi-finals against #9 Staples at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk on Wednesday, June 11 at 5 p.m.


Scoring
Amity   5 – 4 – 2 – 1 = 12
New Milford 1 – 0 – 2 – 6 = 9

Amity outshot New Milford 34-33


Amity
Goals
Jake Milner was the Spartan’s high scorer with 5 goals, David Buono followed with 3 goals and 1 assist. Joe Choiniere made 1 goal and had 1 assist; Brad Uscilla, Johnny Uscilla and Nick Coassin each made 1 goal. 

Bubba Pignataro and Ajay King each had 1 assist. 


New Milford
Goals
Blaine McMahon mirrored Milner with 5 goals and he had 1 assist;  AJ McDonald made 3 goals and Matt Lacava made 1 goal for the Green Wave. 

Justin Lourenco had 2 assists and  Jameson Steinhart had 1 assist. 

The goal tenders played especially hard: Amity’s Evan Campbell made 16 saves and Harrison O’Connell made 8 saves. 

Records
Amity 15-4
New Milford 14-5

After the victory, coach Brandon Pepe was proud of his team. “This is the first time Amity has gotten into the semi-finals since 2003. And this was our 15th win. 15 wins is the most since 2003 as well,” he said.  “The 2003 team lost in the state championship back when lacrosse had two divisions determined by playing ability. Now there are 3 classes L, M, and S which are determined by size of the school.”
He added, “Class L (which we are in) is the most competitive across the board, so to get this far is really an accomplishment in itself, but we are not done yet. We told the boys on the first day of practice that they had the chance to be the best team in the history of the Amity Lacrosse program, and it was something that resonated with them. We are well on our way.

 

 

Boys Lacrosse: Amity on Fire, Defeat Jonathan Law 14-1

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Apr 222014
 

IMG_9121The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team showed Jonathan Law how the game is supposed to be played on Tuesday afternoon in Woodbridge.

The Lawmen played hard, staying on top of their men throughout the game but scoring was a problem.

Amity outshot Law 19-10

Two Amity goalies took turns working the net: Evan Campbell made 3 saves and James Chapman had 1.

Law’s Goalkeeper Paul Johnson made 3 saves for the Lawmen.

Scoring

Amity: Kyle Sullivan 3 goals, 2 assists; Nick Mazzacco 2 goals; Steve Sember and Joe Choiniere 1 each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Jesse Cala 1 goal, 2 assists,
Ajay King,  Matt Attolino, Tyler Burns, Nick Coassin, Jake Cala, and Sean Grenier each made 1 goal. Bubba Pignataro had 2 assists.

Law: Tyler Cavallaro scored the solitary goal for the Lawmen with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Amity                    6 – 3 – 5 – 0 = 14
Jonathan Law   0 – 0 – 1 – 0 =   1

The Spartans play Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde on Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m. 

The following CIAC schools participate in boys lacrosse:  Amity Regional, Branford 15-2, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, Fairfield Prep, Foran, Guilford 10-7, Jonathan Law 14-1, Hamden, North Haven, Notre Dame, Shelton, West Haven, Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde, Xavier

Non-conference Games

Notre Dame-West Haven 8-7

Lyman Hall 17-2

Amity is now 5-0 for the season. 

 

Hand Hits Amity LAX With 10-6 Defeat In Madison Monday Night

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Apr 092013
 

IMG_0845By Brandon Pepe

Hand came out of the gates and scored on the first possesion of the game on a shot by Mike Cinnicolo. Then they grabbed a 2-0 lead after a goal from Tyler Kilkenny.
Amity fought back and scored two goals in the second quarter from Matt Milner, then Nick Coassin. We had momentum going into halftime having erased our deficit and the score being tied at 2-2. Hand would go on to score the next 5 goals.
Amity battled back once again to bring the score to a 2 goal game at 8-6 with 8 minutes remaining on a goal by Tyler Burns. Again we had momentum in our favor at this point, but Hand would go on to score the final two goals of the game, capitalizing on opportunities late in the game.
A lot of their goals were scored in transition, which is hard to defend against. Our players fought back twice to make this a close game, and the final score is not a good indication of how close the game was. We gave ourselves the opportunity to win the game with how hard we played.
Hand is a tough opponent, one of the better teams we will face all season. It gives us some confidence knowing that we were right in the game for the entire 48 minutes against such a good opponent. If we make a few small corrections and continue to get better everyday then we will see these close games turn into victories.
This is an opponent that we would love to face again. Luckily we have another game against an SCC rival (Cheshire) coming up on Thursday, so we have a quick turnaround for a chance at redemption. Overall I am proud of the way our boys played last night through the final whistle.
Goalie Evan Campbell continued his excellent play and recorded 19 saves.
Scoring
Tyler Burns – 2 goals, 2 assists
Ajay King – 1 goal, 1 assist
Matt Milner – 1 goal, 1 assist
Jake Milner – 1 goal, 1 assist
Nick Coassin – 1 goal
Final Score:
Daniel Hand 2-0-5-3 = 10
Amity                0-2-1-3 =  6

Amity Boys LAX Fights Through to 13-12 Win Against Branford (with video)

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Apr 082013
 

Sophomore goalie Evan Campbell leaps into the air for one of 18 saves during the April 5 game.

Sophomore goalie Evan Campbell leaps into the air for one of 18 saves during the April 5 game.

For the second consecutive game sophomore Evan Campbell (13) showed what he was made of with 18 saves during the April 5 Boys Lacrosse game against Branford.

Coach Brandon Pepe, who is new to Amity, said he had heard Branford was tough, and tough it was, a back-and-forth nailbiter till the last minute, with Amity coming out on top 13-12.

Amity’s Ajay King (18), made 5 shots, scored 4 goals and made 2 assists; Matt Milner (5) made 3 shots, scored 2 goals and had 2 assists; Jake Milner (2) made 4 shots, 3 goals and 2 assists; Joey Choiniere (10) made 6 shots, 4 goals and had 2 assists and NIck Coassin (25) made 2 shots and scored 1 goal.

In other action, Amity’s Tyler Burns (9) made 1 assist; David Buono (15) made 2 shots, Austin Burns (3) made 1 shot and had 1 assist. Damon Robinson (17) and Steven Sember (20) made one shot each.

Orange Live spoke with the three team captains, Matt Milner, Austin Burns and Joe Choiniere after the game. (See VIDEO HERE)

The Season opener saw a comfortable 8-1 win, but this game, as mentioned before was much tougher.

Milner said, “This one was a little tighter, but it shows that our young team can go out there and fight.”

Burns added, “With a whole new coaching staff, everybody’s buying into the system, we come together as a family and I think we’re all playing really well together.”

“We’ve got a really good attitude, and a real good team,” Choiniere said. “Evan Campbell, the goalie, played a good gamel.”

“We all came together as a team and we played well,” Burns said.

Branford

Chase Swift (8) made 4 shots and had 3 assists; Mike Potter (17) made 1 shot, scored 1 goal and had 1 assist; DJ Ryan made 5 shots and 1 goal; Jim May (18) made 10 shots and scored 6 goals; Justin Blood (27) made 8 shots, 3 goals and 1 assist; Mike Caminear (14) made 2 shots, and 1 goal.

Records: Amity 2-0; Branford 0-1