Jenna Vanhise 4 points, 4 rebounds
Three Pointers: Martin 2, Whitman 2
Jenna Vanhise 4 points, 4 rebounds
Three Pointers: Martin 2, Whitman 2
Under the leadership of head coach Michael Scooter Richetelli, the “young” Amity players held their own against the Hand team (nearly equal makeup), which is coached by former Amity coach Brian Gonsalves.
Hand came onto the ice with a vengeance and quickly showed that they meant business. During the first 3 minutes of the game (:41; 1:06; and 2:47) the Tigers scored three goals.
Amity’s Connor Bath (#14) answered back with the Spartan’s first goal, a power play, assisted by captains Justin Miller (#4) and Nick Kiwanis (#22)
Amity managed to hold off Hand in the second period and the score stayed at 3-1 until the end of the third period.
With 3:49 remaining, Hand slipped another goal past goalie Sai Neelam (#29). The Tigers finished the game with a fifth goal with 1:11 left on the clock, defeating Amity 5-1.
Saves: Amity 27, Hand 26.
The referees were really paying attention to what was going on during this game, handing out penalties like candy canes at a Christmas parade.
Often the penalty boxes had 2 players from each team sitting it out.
Hand had 14 penalties to Amity’s 10. Most of the penalties cost the players 2 minutes of downtime, but some were in the box for 10-12 minutes. There weren’t too many chants of “You can’t do that” because players on both sides were “doing it.”
Amity Coach Richetelli said the boys still have some work to do, “But we’ll get there.”
We agree. There’s a lot of talent on this team, “young” or not. They just need the confidence and experience to know when to make that move.
For many years Brian Gonsalves worked alongside Mike “Scooter” Richetelli assisting Gary Lindgren coach the Amity Spartans Hockey Team. This year, he brought that experience with him as he took the helm at Daniel Hand, coaching the Tigers.
Daniel Hand was the one team on Amity’s season game schedule whose record most closely mirrored their own. So with those two factors the “away” game on Wednesday, Jan. 23 promised to be interesting.
Both teams came out ready to win, but Amity shocked everyone with its first goal in the first 10 seconds on the ice, thanks to Ryan Miller.
Halfway through the period Hand tied the game with a goal by Ethan Massey, assisted by Logan Massey. Just 90 seconds later, Griffin Fitzmaurice added a point assisted by Michael McKeon.
First Period Score: 2-1 Hand.
Amity came out strong in the second period with Cody White tying the game just 5:16 after returning to the ice.
Six minutes later, Hand struck back and reclaimed the lead with E. Massey’s second goal of the game.
Well, Amity Captain Jason Csejka would have none of that, and tied it up again in 23 seconds, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.
With 27 seconds remaining Holden Prestash, assisted by Tatum Fitzmaurice, pulled Hand back into the lead.
Second Period Score: 4-3 Hand.
The final period belonged to the Tigers and included two Hat Tricks.
It wasn’t the most exciting action we’d seen on the rink, but Hand came alive 11:35 in with T Fitzmaurice’s goal, assisted by John Gagliardi and G Fitzmaurice.
Just 46 seconds later E Massey earned his Hat Trick, assisted by L Massey.
As the clock ticked down to one minute remaining, T Fitzmaurice scored again and got his Hat Trick.
Final Score: 7-3 Hand.
Records: Hand 10-1-1 ; Amity 7-4
While other press dwells on the idea that Amity lost three consecutive games Orange Live sticks with other, more important facts:
1) The 2018-19 Spartans are an extremely talented team.
2) Since day-one of practice, they have acted like family.
3) They won their first 7 games of the season, against teams that some said would crush them.
4) They are blessed to have a phenomenal head coach that is well respected by other coaches for his methods and experience.
5) They have a great coaching team.
6) The Spartans have the speed and skill to play well against any opponent and their fans – including the Amity Army – and I believe in each and every one of them 100%.
NOTE: Hey boys, you CAN clip the Tigers’ claws and own this game. Stay out of the penalty box and out on the ice where you’re needed. My slogan for you this year is “Just Believe.” Coach Scooter Richetelli said it early on, and if you believe you can, then you can.
The Amity Lady Spartans Field Hockey team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers at Amity on Monday.
Amity junior Tess Csejka made an unassisted goal in the first half, then Hand’s Jacqui Sandor scored on an assist from Lucy Cutler.
The 1-1 tie score held through the second half and into overtime.
With no additional points on either side, the game went on the books as a tie.
Records: Amity 2-1-1, Hand 3-0-1
The Amity Spartans Boys Volleyball team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Wednesday.
Hand took the first two games 25-18, 25-17. Then Amity won one 25-19, and Hand finished it off with the third win 25-21.
It was a 3-1 victory for Daniel Hand.
Hand—Mike Card had 39 assists and four aces. Erik Lazor had 13 kills and three blocks. Tucker Rathe had 10 kills and four blocks.
Amity—Gunnar Poulimas had six kills and four digs. Christian Tzepos had 23 assists.
Records: Hand 4-2, Amity 1-6.
If ever there was a nailbiter, this game was it.
The Spartans had the lead in the first two quarters, going into the half at 27-20.
The Tigers pulled ahead with a great third quarter and 19 points to Amity’s 11 – Score 39-38.
Both teams fought hard for the rest of the game, tying in the fourth at 48 and going into overtime. Free throws brought them to a 50-50 tie after the first overtime period.
Early in the second overtime, Tyler Thomas added 2 points for the Spartans with a basket. Then Hand tied it up at 52. Amity’s James Van Hise pulled Amity ahead to 54 -52. Hand moved forward with a foul shot, but with less than 20 seconds left on the clock, Joe Benedetti closed things up with a free throw giving Amity a 55-53 victory.
Two Tylers, Amity’s Tyler Thomas and Hand’s Tyler Boris were their respective team’s high scoring players with 19 points each.
Points per quarter Scoreboard
HAND 9 11 19 9 2 3—53 — 9 20 39 48 50 53
AMITY 11 16 11 10 2 5—55 — 11 27 38 48 50 55
Hand: Tyler Boris 7 4-8 19 (one 3-pointer), Jeremy Long 5 3-6 13, Ethan Haberman 5 0-0 10, Graeme McGiven 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer), Flynn Driscoll 2 0-2 4, KJ Richmond 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 7-16 53.
Amity: Tyler Thomas 8 2-7 19 (one 3-pointer), Jack Nolan 3 2-2 8, James Van Hise 2 4-7 8, Joe Benedetti 3 2-4 8, Cole Wissink 2 0-2 4, Brian Curtin 1 0-0 3 (3-point field goal), Tanner Thomas 1 1-2 3, Nick Huribal 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 11-24 55.
3 point Field Goals: Hand 2; Amity 2
Records: Amity 10-3, Hand 6-6
Next Up: Amity is on the road at Notre Dame-West Haven (9-5) on Monday, Jan. 29.
The Lady Spartans Volleyball team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Monday.
Amity dominated each of three games, defeating Hand 25-8, 25-9 and 25-15.
Amity 3, Hand 0
Amity’s Standout Players
Abby Harbinson 8 kills 6 aces 1 block, Dani Nordyk 5 kills, Jaiden Williams 32 assists,
Hand’s Top Players
Olivia Amplo 15 digs, Sara Wohlgemuth 12 assists
Records: Amity 1-1 (1-0), Daniel Hand 0-1 (0-1)
Although the Hand Tiger’s diver Teddy Zeng received extremely high (near perfect) scores for the execution of every dive he performed, Hand came up 6 points shy of a victory. [It was charming how Zeng stayed true to his heritage and stood at the edge of the pool and bowed after his scores were revealed]
The Spartans swimmers were exceptional in so many other events and earned a 96-90 victory.
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay: A- 1:45.39 Colin Roy, Matt Hill, Kevin Yanagisawa, Shiva Gowda
200 Freestyle: A- 1:52.71 Sergey Savelyev
200 Ind. Medley: A- 2:03.77 Colin Roy
100 Butterfly: A- 55.12 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Freestyle: A- 49.23 Colin Roy
500 Freestyle: A- 5:01.11 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Backstroke: A- 59.45 Shiva Gowda
400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:24.12 Sergey Savelyev, Dan Madsen, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy
Hand’s Winning Events
50 Freestyle: H- 23.13 Chris Wu
Dive: H- 349.10 Teddy Zeng
200 Freestyle Relay: H- 1:37.27 Mike Healey, Dylan Merritt, Beecher Porter, Tyler Merritt
100 Breaststroke: H- 1:08.10 Paul O’Connor
Records: Amity (4-0) 96; Hand (4-2) 90
Our boys will go up against Fairfield Prep for the SCC Semi-Finals Thursday night at West Haven High School at 7 p.m.
Records: Amity (20-1) is the #1 SCC team; Prep (13-8).