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Apr 272014
 

IMG_8498The Amity Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has had a pretty good run so far this season. Here are two games from the past week (one win, one loss) leaving them with a 4-2 record thus far.

Amity vs Cheshire

On Saturday, April 19, the Lady Spartans hosted Cheshire in Woodbridge at the half, with a score of 7-5 they had a little catching up to do, but it was still anyone’s game. Cheshire rose to the challenge making 9 goals to Amity’s 3 and ultimately defeating Amity 16-8.

Cheshire outshot Amity 30-15. Amity goalie, Jena Casman made 11 saves; Cheshire’s Alexa Carbone made 10 saves.

Here is the scoring information for this game:

Amity’s Sarah Turner was the game’s high scorer with 6 goals; Liz Marino and Kira Saunders each added 1 goal for the Lady Spartans. Eleanor Henn had 1 assist.

Cheshire’s Maddy Levy made 5 goals and had 1 assist; Taylor Stauffer 3 goals; Michelle Federico, 2 goals, 3 assists;  Megan Dutchyshyn, 2 goals, 1 assist; Olivia Larson, 2 goals;  Danielle Chambrelli, 1 goal and 1 assist; Emma Gaudio rounded out Cheshire’s action with 1 assist.

Amity vs West Haven

On Thursday, April 24, the Lady Spartans hit the road for a narrow 11-10 SCC victory against host team West Haven. 

West Haven took an early lead with 6-4 at the half, then Amity pulled it together and blasted past West Haven with 8 goals in the second half.

Amity’s Sarah Turner made 3 goals, Liz Marino had 2 goals, 2 assists; Taylor Portelinha and Becky Turner each had 2 goals; Kira Saunders had 1 goal, 1 assist; Kendra Osinski had 1 goal; Bella Ferro had 1 assist.

West Haven’s Ava Gambardella was the game’s high scorer with 4 goals, 1 assist; Melanie Reiss had 3 goals, 1 assist; Allyson Hemstock had 2 goals, 1 assist; and Alyssa Talmelli made 2 goals.

Both goalkeepers worked hard in this competition. Amity’s Jena Casman made 7 saves; Josey Militrano made 10 saves for West Haven.

Team records — Amity 4-2; West Haven 4-2

Jan 122014
 

DSC_0023Amity’s Chloe Brinton and Cheshire’s Missy Bailey tied for highest point makers in SCC Housatonic Division Game in Cheshire.

The Lady Spartans won its 9th consecutive game of the season on Friday taking the lead in the first quarter  with Elsie Graham scoring 6 six points and Mikaila Schmitt with 5. The first quarter ended 15-12 – Amity.

Amity came out strong in the second with Cheshire’s Emily Inzero making a 3-point goal and Jill Howard with two free throws  and Kya O’Donnell scoring 10 points, helping boost the Rams to within two points of the Lady Spartans 33-31.

The third quarter saw Chloe Brinton score 8 of her 18 game points for Amity, which included a 3-point goal and three foul shots. Third period score 48-33.

Cheshire really rallied in the final quarter coming within a 3 point deficit 50-47 with 6:23 left in the game with a lot of help from Ciara Haensel. Unfortunately, with just 1:49 remaining,  Bailey suffered a ankle sprain on a driving layup. Amity kept on it’s excellent team play and was victorious 60-54.

Amity

Chole Brinton 5 6-8 18,  Isabella Bierezowiec 2 4-6 8,  Elsie Graham 3 5-8 11, Janae Graham 2 2-5 6, Molly Ronan 4 0-0 8, Mikaila Schmitt 3 2-2 9.

Cheshire 

Missy Bailey 5 8-11 18, Sara Como 2 0-0 5, Lily Dolyak 1 1-2 3, Ciara Haensel 2 3-4 7, Jill Howard 2 0-2 4, Emily Inzero 1 0-0 3, Bry McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Kya O’Donnell 5 2-4 12. Totals: 19 14-24 54.

3-Point Goals—Amity: Brinton 2, Schmitt 1; Cheshire: Como 1, Inzero 1.

Amity made 19 of 28 free throws: Cheshire made 14 of 24.

Amity        15  18  15  12  —  60

Cheshire   12  19  12  11   —  54

 

Team Records—Amity: 9-1, 3-0; Cheshire: 7-3, 2-2.

Photos courtesy of  Felicia Schmitt

 

 

Oct 092013
 

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick flies in for a kick.  (submitted photo)

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick flies in for a kick. (submitted photo)

There was plenty of action in Woodbridge Tuesday afternoon when Amity hosted Cheshire in an SCC Housatonic Division matchup.

Amity Captain Dean Schwartz (10) scored a penalty kick at 18:59 in the first half and that was all the Spartans needed to win this game.

Amity outshot Cheshire 14-10.

Amity Goalkeeper Griffin Volta saved 11 shots for the Spartans; Cheshire’s Matt Skydel made 9 saves for the Rams.

Records: Cheshire 2-7-1 (1-4 SCC Housatonic); Amity 8-0-2 (4-0-1)

 

Sep 242013
 

Amity captain Justyn Broderick turns the ball during the Sept. 23 game at Foran.

Amity captain Justyn Broderick turns the ball during the Sept. 23 game at Foran.

The undefeated Amity Spartans Soccer Team came on  strong in their last two away games.

Amity vs Cheshire

On Saturday, Sept. 21, they were in Cheshire for an SCC Housatonic Division game.

In the first half the score was 0-0, but in the second half Evan Donahue (19) put the Spartans on the scoreboard with a goal at 39:04.

After much back and forth, captain Dean Schwartz (10), a junior got the ball in past Cheshire keeper Matt Skydel with 4:09 left in the game.

Amity outshot Cheshire 2-1

Saves: Amity’s Griffin Volta had 1; Cheshire’s Skydel had 2.

On Saturday the season records were: Amity 4-0; Cheshire 0-3-1

 

Amity vs Foran

On Monday, Sept. 23, the Spartans were in Milford on Foran High School turf.

Again, the first half left both teams scoreless, but in the second half, Amity’s captain, Justyn Broderick (4) fired the ball into the net at 49:00.

Amity outshot Foran 12-8.

Foran’s Goalkeeper Tim Orozco’s skill kept the score down by making 6 saves at the net. Amity’s Griffin Volta had 2 saves.

 

Dec 242012
 

 

David Ryan prepares for his free throw

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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What goes around, comes around.

Last Tuesday night, Amity lost to Hamden 50-49 in overtime, despite recording more field goals (20-19) than the Green Dragons. The difference in the final outcome came at the foul line where Hamden sunk 11 of 26 free throws as compared to only six of 10 by the Spartans. The same exact situation occurred Thursday night when Amity defeated Cheshire 59-52—but this time it was a case of role reversal. The Rams netted 19 baskets while Amity sunk 18 (including seven from three point-land); however, the Spartans were good on 16 of 27 freebies while Cheshire sunk only 10 of 16. Both teams are now 2-2 overall but Amity gets a win in both teams’ first Housatonic Division contest of the young season.  The Southern Connecticut Conference contest was played in Woodbridge.

Led by point guard Collin Jordan (who led all scorers with 22 points) Cheshire came out red-hot and quickly jumped ahead 20-12.

According to Amity coach Jeff Nielsen, “Jordan isn’t big but he’s very quick. He came at us all night long. We knew that we had to find a way to stay in front of him and slow down his drives.”

After missing a number of outside shots and falling behind in the first quarter, the Spartans changed their tactics in the second quarter. Instead of tossing up jump shots from the perimeter, they decided to go inside and try to score and/or get fouled. Zac Campbell, who finished with a team-high 17 points, canned 12 of those points during the second quarter as Amity outscored the Rams 17-11 and drew within two points (31-29) at the end of the first half  after trailing 25-12 early in the second session.

“I told my guys that Zac had to touch the ball every possession. He did that and was able to cash in on several lay-ups. He kicked our offense into gear and kept us in the game,” Nielsen said.

Following an uneventful third quarter, Cheshire still hung onto its two point lead (40-38) at the outset of the final period. While Jordan dropped in eight fourth quarter points, Dave Ryan matched that by gunning home a pair of threes and adding two free throws. Gardner Broderick also stepped up with 11 of his 16 points. One of his baskets put Amity into the lead and he clinched the win by canning all seven of his fourth quarter foul shots. While he did shoot well from the floor and rang up 15 points, Campbell struggled at the foul line, making only two of his 10 freebies throughout the contest.

 Nielsen added, “We began to press Cheshire from the outside. We stayed on their shooters and did not give any good looks. Eric Dietrich is a good three point shooter. He did get 13 points, but only one three.”

In addition to Campbell’s 17 points, Broderick rang up 16 and Ryan chipped in with 15.

“It was nice to see three guys in double figures. We went with a smaller line-up and had very balanced scoring. For the first time this season scored over 50 points. In our first three games, we scored in the 40’s. Once we got the lead, time was running short and they began to foul us. We hit a lot of our free throws and that kept the game out of their reach,” added Nielsen. “This was a big win for us. First, we bounced back nicely from the loss to Hamden. In addition, this was our first Housatonic Division game of the season. You always want to win the home divisional games because it can be tough to win them on the road.”

Both teams heads into Christmas with identical 2-2 records. Amity is back in action on Thursday night at 5 p.m., facing Oxford in the first round of the Candy Can Invitational Tournament, which is being played at Woodland High in Beacon Falls.

Oct 242012
 

 

Kristen Post in a file photo from this season.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa & Stone

When the Amity volleyball team knocked off arch-rival Cheshire last week 3-2 (25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 19-17), it was the first time in five years that had occurred. To make the win even sweeter, it occurred in the Rams’ home gymnasium.

Recalling the big Southern Connecticut Conference—Hammonassett Division victor and savoring sweetly, Lady Spartan Coach Paul Thees said, “Even though we had only four aces, we served the ball really well. We had 97 serves and were good on 91, which comes out to 94%. Offensively, we were aggressive, attacked Cheshire, and really hit the ball hard.”

The first game went back-and-forth. With the game tied at 22-22,   Kristen Post launched four good serves in a row to give Amity a 25-22 win. Post started the second game with another five good serves and Allison Denny followed with a run of six serves. Amity held an 18-5 lead but Cheshire stormed back. The Lady Spartans stemmed the tide and hung on to sneak away with a 25-21 victory to take a 2-0 lead.

The Rams finally got its offense into gear and won both the third and fourth games to tie the match at 2-2. In the fifth and final game, both teams missed key serves. With the Rams leading 19-16, Denny’s serving got the Lady Spartans back even at 19-19 and then Post served up the victory points.

 Denny recorded 15 kills, 15 digs, and was good on all 16 of her serves. Sydnee Sousa was 13 of 13 from the service line with two aces. Kathryn Pisano added 32 assists and made all but one of her 10 serves and added an ace. Amanda Vecchio was good on 21 of her 22 serves, with an ace.  Claire Foster chipped in with 20 digs. Liz Marino recorded 14 digs and Jenna Pisano chalked up 10 digs.

Later in the week, Amity also knocked off Sheehan and Lyman Hall by identical 3-1 scores to finish its Housatonic Division play with a 7-1 record and tied for first place with Cheshire.

Oct 012012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa & Stone

After splitting the first two games, Amity and Cheshire were deadlocked at 21-21 in the third game of Friday’s Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division volleyball match at the Rams’ home gymnasium.  The Lady Spartans held the serve and were only three points away from taking the third game and a 2-1 lead in the match. Visions of a huge road upset danced in the collective heads of the players. Amity road victories over Cheshire have been few and far between.

As luck would have it, those Lady Spartan upset dreams soon faded away. While it did have the serve and a chance to grab the third game, fate turned its back on the visitors. They lost that key tire-breaking point and also dropped the next three points as Cheshire won 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead. With a severe crimp in those upset visions, Amity quickly  lost the fourth game 25-12. With that high emotional 3-1 win (25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 25-12) win, the undefeated Rams (currently ranked No. 5 in the state) improved their record to 7-0 while Amity slipped to 5-2.

Following the loss, Amity Coach Paul Thees said, “Don’t get me wrong. Right now, I do think Cheshire is a better team than we are,  but we were tied 1-1 and only 4 points from winning the third game. We’ll never know what heading into Game No. 4 with a 2-1 lead would have done for us. We had our opportunity and didn’t take advantage of it. Losing the third game the way we lost it, took a lot of the wind out of our sails. Cheshire plays like it is a machine. So far, we haven’t come together as a team. We’re still a collection of parts, trying to come together.”

Going on the attack at the outset of the first game, the Rams jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead and soon wrapped up the win.

According to Thees, “Cheshire came out very strong in the first game and we played from behind during the entire game. The second game was back and forth, with neither team taking a big lead. Fortunately, we hung on and won it. After narrowly losing the third game the way we lost it, we never came out of the blocks for the fourth game. We simply fell apart.”

He added, “I was very pleased to see us hang on and win the second game. With us holding serve and tied 21-21 in the third game, I was thrilled with what we were doing. I knew Cheshire lost seven players from last year’s team and thought that we had a 50-50 chance to catch them Friday night. Out of nowhere, they come up with three sophomores who played unbelievable matches. Except for Allison Denny (nine kills, one block, 16 digs, and 13 of 14 from the service line—with three aces), we didn’t show a lot of offense. A lot of our points were a result of Cheshire mistakes.”

Amity libero Liz Marino had a memorable evening, recording 35 digs.

Thees said, “Liz did a super job in the back row. She had a fantastic match.”

Recently promoted from the junior varsity team, Julia Bedini chipped in with seven kills and three digs. Kristin Post recorded three digs, two kills, and was good on all but 1 of her 12 serves. Setter Kathryn Pisano added 23 assists and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the service line.

Last Monday night, Amity quickly put down West Haven 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-17).

Thees said, “I was told that four of West Haven’s senior missed the match because they were on a field trip. Even with them on the court, I still think we were the better team. We just didn’t play up to our potential. Instead, we played down to the level of our opponent. We don’t often  play on a Monday and I don’t know if that had any impact on the match, but it was a very slow match.”

As usual, Denny led the winners with 13 kills and three digs. Post added four digs, two kills, and was good on all six of her serves—with four aces. Amanda Vecchio contributed three kills and was good on all eight of her serves with four aces.

After pointing out that Pisano posted 12 assists in the first two games and was six-for-six from the service line (with two aces), Thees added, “As a first-year setter, Kathryn has stepped into the starting line-up and been very steady— without any problems.”

The Black and Gold host Sheehan tonight at 5:30.

Sep 232012
 

Historically, Cheshire is a force of nature on any playing field, but the Lady Spartans Soccer Team was ready to face off with the Rams on Friday in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division game at Amity.

Amity’s biggest threat, Captain Maeghan Howard tried to play, but in the first few minutes left with pain in her knee.

There was no score in the first half but Amity fouled a Cheshire player about 5 yards outside the box.

Cheshire converted the kick with a high shot just above Goalie Zoie Reed’s reach (tough shot to stop).

Cheshire added another goal later in the half.

Reed had 8 saves for the Spartans (2-1-1)

Amity had its first loss of the season 2-0.