The 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.
Amity 5 – 4 – 2 – 1 = 12
New Milford 1 – 0 – 2 – 6 = 9
Amity outshot New Milford 34-33
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.
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.
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.