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Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018
 

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)

 

Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1

Scoreboard

AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1

 

Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.

Define Excitement: 2017-18 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 132017
 

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I attended a scrimmage game between the Amity Spartans and the Masuk Panthers Varsity ice Hockey Teams.

Of course, the scrimmages don’t count for the season, but from what I saw out on the ice in what resulted in a 6-3 “victory” for the Spartans, this year’s team, with its 11 seniors, promises to give fans something to cheer about.

Out and about at many Amity events, it’s clear that students adore former Hockey coach Gary Lindgren, and I don’t think that will ever change – he’s a lovable guy. But back in 2013-14 when Gary was battling cancer, his assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli stepped in and brought the boys all the way to the state championship game.

Richetelli, now the Head Coach, and most of the coaching staff are back, and the team is amazingly fast, aggressive and tight.

Unfortunately, the current roster hasn’t yet been posted to the CIAC website, and Amity’s new revamped site is still a mess (just my opinion). The Spartans play again tonight in the Jamboree at Bennett Rink (West Haven High School), taking the ice for 20 minutes against West Haven around 6:40 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. against Immaculate.

Richetelli said the team had a good scrimmage in Westfield, MA that gave them an early start and they did well on Tuesday. “We have 11 seniors and with their leadership, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.” — (I wonder if any of those seniors were part of the excitement in 2014).

For the team’s first official game of the season, they’ll host BBD (Brookfield/Danbury and ?) at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. this Saturday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m.

I encourage everyone to come out to cheer on the Spartans. Who knows, this could be another championship season in the making.

 

NOTE: Don’t forget the Girls’ Ice Hockey team, which always plays incredibly well, has three games this week.

Friday, Dec. 15 vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17 vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Boys’ Lacrosse: Spartans Destroy The Lawmen in Milford

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Apr 192017
 

The Amity Spartans Lacrosse Team was on the road in Milford at Jonathan Law High School Wednesday, April 19.
Amity took an early lead with seven goals in the first quarter. They kept up the momentum with six additional goals in the second.
Both the Spartans and the Lawmen scored three goals in the third and Amity wrapped things up in the final quarter with an additional two goals.
Score Board
Amity:          7-6-3-2 = 18
Jonny Law: 0-0-3-0 = 3Notable players:
Amity — Adam Cusano made 5 goals and had 1 assist; Tyler Vincent made 4 goals; Ryan Rattley, Mark DellaTorre and Tyler Ballaro each made 2 goals; Colin Hughes made 1 goal and had 4 assists; Harry Brochinsky and Luke Smith each made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Max Trachten had 2 assists; Cory Sachs and Matt Merriam each had 1 assist.

Jonathan Law —  Cole Egersheim made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Hayden Hulme made 1 goal.

Amity outshot Jonathan Law 34-13.

Saves: Amity — Matt Perrotti made 4 saves and Dane Walsh made 2 for the Spartans.  Law — Tanner Georgelos made 6 saves.

Records: Amity 5-3, Jonathan Law 2-4

Boys’ Swimming and Diving: Amity Defeats Shelton

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Feb 112017
 

The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team was on the road in Shelton on Friday.

The Shelton Gaels competed well, winning a majority of the events, yet the Amity Spartans outscored them 90-78, winning their seventh regular season meet.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: A- 1:52.37 Kevin Yanagisawa

50 Freestyle: A23.07 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 55.14 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 1:01.67 Tyler Roy

Shelton’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: S- 1:46.77 Marc Maleri, Hunter Wronski, Jack Marciano, Reid Chavez

200 Ind. Medley: S- 2:06.97 Hunter Wronski

100 Freestyle: S- 50.90 Hunter Wronski

500 Freestyle: S- 5:29.66 Jack Marciano

200 Freestyle Relay: S- 1:40.00 Matthew Christiano, Sebastian Musante, Hunter Wronski, Jack Marciano

100 Breaststroke: S- 1:10.93 Matthew Christiano

400 Freestyle Relay: S- 3:47.17 Reid Chavez, Marc Maleri, Sebastian Musante, Matthew Christiano

Records: Amity (7-3), Shelton (8-4)

Girls’ Basketball: Amity Comes From Behind, Defeats Branford

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Feb 082017
 

The Lady Spartans Girls Basketball team hosted the Branford Hornets in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

It was a rough start for Amity with Branford taking a 4 point lead 14-10 in the first quarter.

Amity overcame them by one point 22-21 in the second, then fell behind again, 28-36 in the third.

Throughout the game the Lady Spartans were very aware of where their hands were and didn’t have many fouls against them.

In the fourth quarter with Branford up by one point 40-39 and just 3:20 remaining on the clock, the Spartans came alive and the Hornets got a little sloppy, pushing and tripping the hometown girls allowing for numerous successful foul shots in the final moments of the game.

It was a nailbiter, but Amity came through at the last minute with a 53-40 victory.


Scoreboard

Amity        10 22 28 53 

Branford 14 21 36 40

Branford’s Adrienne DiGioia was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points.

Branford’s pointmakers: Adrienne DiGioia 18, Emma Pierson 13,  Sophia Araneo 5, Karly King 2, Autumn McHenry 2.

Totals: 14 -7-16-4 40

Amity’s scoring players: Amanda Granados 13, Jillian Martin 12, Cathrine Thomas 9.Tara Laugeni 7, Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 6, Emma Gehr 4, Hayley Esparo 2,

Totals: 10-12-6-25  53

3-point goals: Branford 4 (DiGioia 1, Pierson 2, Araneo 1); Amity 3 (Granados 1, Martin 2)

Records: Amity 9-8; Branford 5-13

Girls’ Basketball: Amity Stops Sacred Heart In Its Tracks

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Jan 102017
 

The Amity Lady Spartans Basketball Team hosted the Sacred Heart Academy Pacers in Woodbridge Monday night.

There was a lot of back and forth throughout the game. Everyone played hard and kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Sacred Heart did pull ahead in the second quarter, going into the half with a two point lead —33-31. After that, it was all Amity, ending the game 10 points ahead — 65-55.

The Pacers’ Claudia Capozzo was the game’s high scoring player with 23 points.

Scoreboard

Amity              16  31  49  65

Sacred Heart   9  33  44  55

Notable players:

Amity: Jill Martin 14, Amanda Granatas 12, Haley Espero 10, Emma Gehr 10 (including one 3-point shot), Hannah Iwasziewicz 6, Tara laugeni 6, Stef DelVechio 4, Carly Marchitto 1.

Sacred Heart: Claudia Capazzo 23 (including seven 3-point shots), Allie Brennan 15 (including one 3-point shot), Alekse Koziol 7 (including one 3-point shot), Gabby Koziol 6, Jacquie Esposito 2, Allie Kirck 2.

Three Point Goals: Amity 1 (Gehr 1); Sacred Heart 9 (Capazzo 7, Brennan 1, Koziol 1)

Records: Amity 5-3; Sacred Heart 3-5

 

Girls’ Volleyball: Kathleen Walsh Leads Lady Spartans Over Hawks

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Oct 282016
 

img_9960The Lady Spartans Volleyball Team hosted the Woodland (Beacon Falls) Hawks in Woodbridge on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Hawks swooped in and won the first game 25-22, but Amity quickly regrouped and handily won the next three, 25-14, 25-15, 25-16.

Yes, that’s right, Amity victory number 17 — 3-1 over Woodland.

Notes:

Amity: Kathleen Walsh 18 kills 15 digs, Jessica Ferraiolo had 4 kills, Jaiden Williams had 45 assists, and Taylor DiRienzo 6 digs.

Woodland: Lindsey Gabianelli 7 kills, 3 assists and 11 digs, McKenna Cronin 4 kills, 10 digs, Emily Brouilette 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 block, Maddie Hupprich 2 kills, 12 assists 10 digs, and Ally Mayne 1 kill, 21 digs.

Records: A 17-1; W 15-4.

Girls’ Volleyball: Amity Wins 3 Out of 5 Against Shelton

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Sep 262016
 

img_0565The Amity Lady Spartans hosted the Shelton Gaels at Woodbridge on Monday, Sept. 26.

Amity won the first, fourth and fifth games to claim victory and retain its undefeated status for the season.

Amity 3, Shelton 2

Game Scores: A 25-14, 22-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-7

Notes:

Amity: Kathleen Walsh had 24 kills 11 digs, Jaiden Williams had 37 assists, Abby Harbinson had 16 kills 2 blocks

Shelton: Samantha Stevens 5 digs, 12 kills, 2 blocks, MacKenzie Bures 18 digs 11 kills 1 block, Grace Tukarski 7 aces, 5 digs, and 36 assists

Records: A 7-0; S 6-3

Boys Soccer: Amity Shuts Out Foran in Woodbridge

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Sep 142016
 

boys soccerThe Amity Spartans hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge on Tuesday.

Scoreboard

Amity    0    2    —    2
Foran    0    0    —    0

Both teams played hard in the first half, but neither managed to score.

In the second half, the battle continued and the goalies did their jobs. at 72:00, Amity’s Dustin Gad made a goal, and Thomas Kanter scored at 84:00.

Amity outshot Foran 14-10.

Amity Goalkeeper Matt D’Onofrio made 5 saves and Foran’s Evan Miller made 6 saves.

(see game photos below commentary)

Commentary:

boys soccerThere was one particularly unsportsmanlike episode during the second half that I hope to never see again.

Amity was ahead 1-0 when Spartan goalie Matt D’Onofrio slid in to make a save and knocked a Foran player to the ground. As Amity players offered their opponent a hand, the Lion’s Coach began screaming at the Ref that D’Onofrio should have been penalized and red flagged, and he continued on for about 10 minutes that the ref had cost them the game by not calling it.

A few minutes later, the Spartans scored again and the Foran Coach continued his tirade on the referee, “This is your fault!”  [2-0 Amity]

A short time later, a Foran player stuck his leg in between an Amity player’s legs and the Spartan crashed to the ground — not a peep from Amity’s coaches even though it appeared to be deliberate AND it was caught on camera.

I was embarrassed for the Foran players having to watch their coach act in such an unbecoming way. The boys have to show good sportsmanship, so why doesn’t the coach?

By the way, coach, even if your guy HAD made that goal, you still would have lost 2-1. Learn to control your temper so you can be more of a role model for your team.

(This commentary solely represents the opinion of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of the Amity team or fans)

 

Baseball: Spartans Trample Black Knights In First Round CIAC Class LL Tournament Play

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May 312016
 

IMG_1313(Totally an Opinion Piece)

It must be hard being any other team than Amity right now.

How do you think the Stamford Black Knights reacted when they learned they’d be going up against the #1 Amity Spartans in the first game of the CIAC Class LL Tournament? My guess is “Oh #%&*!”

Stamford was good enough to get into the bracket, yet as Amity steamrolled them with one run after another on a hot, humid sunny Tuesday afternoon, they must have known that this was the end of the road by the second inning.

Amity easily won the first round 10-0.

This is not to say that the Spartans won’t take tomorrow’s game seriously — they want the title and they KNOW they CAN be beaten. — Cheshire handed them their one and only loss (4-3) of the regular season on Wednesday May 4.

Tomorrow, June 1, our Amity Spartans are back on the home field at 4 p.m. for the second round against Danbury. (Danbury defeated Manchester 12-2 in the first round).

It’s supposed to be cloudy, yet hotter. But if you love the Spartans, grab an umbrella or find a shady spot and come on out to Amity to cheer them on.