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May 032014
 

IMG_1754The Amity Spartans hosted the Fairfield Prep Jesuits in an SCC interdivision game Friday afternoon in Woodbridge.

The Spartans (5-5) knew that Prep (10-1) was going to be a battle, but they held their own to the end.

Amity started strong leading Prep 4-2 in the first inning, but Prep’s 6 runs in the second inning put them ahead, and they never looked back.

Prep’s Shawn Blake hit a two run home run, Jake Berry doubled.

Amity’s Jake Russo doubled for Amity.

Here’s the Box Score           1   2    3   4   5   6   7      R        H       E

Fairfield Prep                  2   6    0   0   2   0   0     10       10      2

Amity Regional                4   0    0   3   0   0   0       7       11       2

 

Apr 252013
 

Co Captain Joey Choiniere was named top player of the game.

Co Captain Joey Choiniere was named top player of the game.

The Amity Spartans Varsity Lacrosse Team had another stellar game this week, beating the Green Dragons in Hamden 16-2 on Monday night.

Amity got off to a strong start with seven goals in the first quarter.

With the Spartans clearly ahead, Hamden’s Zach Jolles, scored the Green Dragon’s first goal in the second quarter, and Amity tacked on 2 more. Ending that quarter 9-1.

Jolles came back in the third period with Hamden’s second and last goal of the game and Amity added 5 more goals.  Ending the third quarter with a score of 14-2.

In the final quarter the Spartans tacked on 2 more, winning the game 16-2.

Hamden’s Angel Dimonaco had 1 assist.

Break-Down

Jake Milner had 4 goals, 2 assists; Joe Choiniere had 3 goals, 5 assists; Matt Milner had 2 goals, 2 assists; Tyler Burns had 2 goals, 2 assists.

Also, Steven Sember, Jesse Cala, Matt Attolino, Nick Coassin and Ajay King scored 1 goal each.
Casey Grenier and John Pignataro each had 1 assist.

Hamden Goalie Tom Scott had 13 saves; Amity’s James Chapman had 4 saves and Evan Campbell had 3.

Team records: Amity 5-3; Hamden 4-4

Amity co-captain Joey Choiniere was named the top player of the game and the New Haven Register pegged him as a Lacrosse Star of the week.

“Joe Choiniere, A, (Amity): He had three goals and five assists in a 16-2 win over Hamden.”
— NH Register

Dec 222012
 

File Photo from earlier game.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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NORTHFORD-Third period goals by John Crocker and Brett McNeil enabled the Amity hockey team to come from behind and nip North Haven 3-2 Thursday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

Coming into the final session, the Indians held a 2-1 lead over the somewhat lethargic Spartans. With 6 minutes 32 seconds left to play, Crocker dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and knocked it home. Adam Shea and Ryan Hauser picked up assists on the game-tying goal. Just 70 seconds later (at 5:22) McNeil (set up by Dane Simone) banged in a power play goal that provided Amity with its final margin of victory. The game-winning score came with the Indians’ Vin Fasulo in the penalty box for tripping. McNeil had broken loose at mid ice and came in alone on North Haven goalie, Andrew Graziano. As McNeil let the puck fly, he was tripped by Fasulo and went crashing into the boards. Fasulo was still serving his penalty when McNeil netted his goal.

“This is a great win,” Coach Gary Lindgren said. “What we just did feels really good. We’re starting to jell. It was a great opportunity for us to work through a lot of early game frustration. To be perfectly honest with you, we got blown out in the first period and we’re lucky that we were able to hang around and come back later in the game. We caught as few breaks and more importantly, kept our composure, played harder and with more consistency as the game went on.”

As Lindgren said, the Spartans were totally outplayed in the first period and outshot 12-6. North Haven opened the scoring when sophomore defenseman Cameron Owens banged the puck home from then slot with 2:09 gone in then game.

With six minutes left in the first period, Dylan VanBramer broke free and came in alone on Amity goalie, Nick Nozzulo, who make a stick save of Van Bramer’s shot.   Three minutes later, the Indians blasted the puck off a goal post.

According to Lindgren, “We were flat in the first period and North Haven took it to us. We played scared and were just running around. I was very disappointed with our play in the first period. We looked like we were still on the bus. I think we were trying to do too much. Without Nick coming up big in the net, North Haven could have scored four or five goals in the first period. It was really frustrating to be put into that position. Fortunately, we finally were able to calm down later in the game.”

Things began to turn in Amity’s direction early in the second period. The Spartans got even when Eric Dykun (back in action after being sidelined by a concussion) snapped a shot from the right dot that sailed through the proverbial five-hole (the legs) of Graziano at 1:21. The goal was set up by passes from Shea and Zhang Liu.

The 1-1 deadlock was short-lived as Karl Anderson netted an unassisted goal at 4:41. Positioned in front of the crease, he backhanded the puck by Nuzzolo. The Indians hung onto that 2-1 lead until Amity’s third period rally, but the Spartans twice came c lose to scoring the equalizer during the second period. Early in that session, Graziano made a stick same of a shot by Shea. The rebound came right to Simone, but he fanned on the shot. With 40 seconds left, Shea had a break away but when he turned to position himself to take the shot, he lost his edge and fell to the ice.

Lindgren said, “I thought we started to play better during the second period and that was a nice goal by Eric Dykun. We worked harder and played smarter. Then, in the third period, Adam Shea put the puck in front for John Crocker, who put it home. On the game-winning power play goal, our guys (Dane Simone and McNeil) were in the right places at the right time. After we got the lead, our defense hung tough. I think we gradually wore them down.”

Winless North Haven (now 0-2) outshot the Spartans 23-17 but Nuzzolo recorded 21 saves. Graziano made 14 stops.

Looking back at his team’s ragged start, Crocker said, “We started off on the wrong foot. During the first period, we kept losing the battles for the puck, but we kept working hard and knew it would come around for us. By the third period, we started to play with more intensity. We began beating them to the puck and winning the battles.”

 Amity (now 2-0) journeys to Danbury on Saturday to play the Bethel/Brookfield/Danbury Icecats.

Dec 152012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

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Orange Live Sports Writer

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Seven pins, one forfeit, a technical fall, and a major decision proved to be the perfect recipe for success Thursday night as the Amity wrestling team opened its season with a 51-30 victory over the New Haven coop team (comprised of students from Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross, and Hyde). The Southern Connecticut Conference match was held at the Spartans’ gym in Woodbridge.

The meet began at 220 pounds and after four weight classes, the two rivals were deadlocked at 12-12. Each team recorded a pin added a forfeit. The Spartans’ pin came in the first weight class as Damon Robinson put Gabriel Stiles down for the count in 1 minute, 23 seconds. Jake Cala added six points with his forfeit at 113.

According to Spartan Coach Bruce Marien, “Damon took last year off but now he’s back. He’s very strong with a good sense of balance.”

Following New Haven’s forfeit to Cala, Amity took six of the next seven matches and jumped out to a commanding 45-18 lead.

After stacking up an 11-0 lead in his 120 pound contest, Austin McDonald put away Ricky Martinez in 2:27. Jesse Cala posted a 17-2 technical fall over Najee Lewis in the 126 pound contest that lasted 3:46. Mike Cala needed 4:33 to put win his match at 132.

“Austin is 120 pounds and 119 pounds of him are guts,” Marien said.

 After dropping the duel at 138, Amity rebounded with Dan Grober’s 58 second pin of Chris Cassas at 145, Roy Levit’s 18-6 major decision of Carlos Corrado at 152 and Evan Donohue matting Jonathan Ortiz in 3:38 of their battle at 160.

New Haven’s 170 pound Jeremy Brodie recorded a 3:15 pin but to make it 45-24. After Stevie Della Guistina posted a 3:25 pin of 182 pound Jovary Polanco, the visitors closed out the meet with a forfeit at 195.

Marien added, “The people I expected to win tonight did win. Dan Grober seized a nice six point opportunity at 145.  Our new people are starting to learn our system of moves. I liked our level of intensity and endurance. We’ve done a lot of running so I know we’re in shape. None of our guys were gassed by the third period. All in all, it was a good night for us. There were no real disappointments.”

Oct 162012
 

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Lots of action at the Oct. 9 home game.By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Last week was a good week for the Amity boys soccer team. The Spartans defeated Southern Connecticut Conference rivals East Haven (7-1) and Lyman Hall (3-1). In addition Coach Mike Marchitto’s boys settled for a 1-1 tie with Shelton. Following all that action, Amity currently has a 9-1-1 record.

The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead over the Easties thanks to goals by Joe Guerra (with help from Dean Schwartz) with 19 minutes, 22 gone in the first half. Aaron Cooper (assisted by Simone Kantore made  it 2-0 at 36:32.) East Haven’s Jhalmer Cambizaca spoiled Spartan netminder Griffin Volta’s shutout bid when he beat him at 38:40.

In the second half, Amity (leading 2-1) blasted five more shots past Yellow Jacket goalie, Gennaro Gagliardi. Those shots were booted home by Ian O’Brien-Cannon (assisted by Jeremy Conn on a corner kick) at 53:14, Evan Donohue (assisted by O’Brien-Cannon on a corner kick) at 59:09, Guerra (assisted by Kantor, who fed Guerra with a perfectly placed cross) at 60:07, Schwartz (from Justyn Broderick on a cross that Guerra settled and then drilled home) at 69:25, and  Matt Whitehill (assisted by Schwartz,) at 72:35.

According to Marchitto, “This was a total team effort. We played great against East Haven, which quite honestly is less than a challenging team. During the last three to five minutes of the game, they never touched the ball. I finally told my guys to stop trying to score.

Amity outshot  the Jackets 23-4 and Volta was called on to make only four saves.

The Lyman Hall match was much closer. The Spartans outshot the Trojans 15-12.

After  his dash down the right side , Ricky Mayer slid a left-footed cross to Schwartz and he banged the ball into the net at 3:00. The score remained 1-0 until O’Brien-Cannon headed home a corner kick by Conn with one minute left in the first half. Shelton’s Claudio Lobello scored the only goal of the first half.

“Ian has a big, powerful header,” Marchitto said.

At 78:48 Guera intercepted a Lyman Hall pass and blasted the ball past Trojan goalie, Bob O’Bryne at 78:48. That three-goal lead was short-lived as Lyman Hall’s Jeff Baska spoiled Volta’s shutout bid six seconds after Guerra’s goal.

“Our defense (Austin Duffy, Jon Sutton, and O’Brien-Cannon) played really well in this game, but we fell asleep and gave up that late goal after Joe scored. We can’t afford mental mistakes like that when we play really good teams in the state tournament,” Marchitto added.

  Volta made 11 saves against Lyman Hall, which now has a 4-4-1 record.

Friday’s 1-1 stand-off with Shelton was really a battle of two very different halves. Marchitto felt that the Gaels definitely dominated the opening 40 minute session.

He said, “They came right at us and controlled the ball. We panicked and began to kick and chase long balls.”

Shelton’s Guiti DeSouza scored the only goal of the first half. It came at 38:58.

While the first half belonged to Shelton, Amity settled down and dominated the play in the second half.

The Black Gold evened the score at 1-1 when  Mayer found the net at 62:48.

Marchitto added, “We slowed their counter-attacks and played our game. We were the better team in the second half.  Our three defensive backs (O’Brien-Cannon, Duffy, and Sutton) really were the anchors of our team.”

With this Housy deadlock, Shelton hold a 4-4-3 record (2-1-3 against Housy opponents.

 

Oct 082012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

When Fairfield Prep defeated the Amity boys cross country team 28-29 last week, it ended the Spartans’ 25 race winning streak. Prior to that loss, Amity’s previous defeat was to Cheshire in October, 2009.

Following the setback, Amity Coach Bob Orgovan said, “Prep has an excellent runner in Luis Alvarado. He’s one of the top three runners in the state but he sat out this race due to an injury. With Alvarado out of action, I thought we had a much better chance to win, but they still beat us by a point. That proves they were the better team this race. Their course was wet and slippery, but that was no excuse. Both teams ran on the same course under the same conditions.”

In Alvarado’s absence, the Jesuits were led by Andrew Thane, who completed his 2.9 mile home course in 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Shae Belenski was close behind with a second place 15:42. Orgovan was quick to admit that, in addition to Fairfield Prep winning the race, the big factor in the final outcome was the Jesuits also taking third and fourth place.  Brian Dunleavy (5th—15:54), Anthony Barletta (6th—15:56), Andrew Barkin (7th—15:58), Michael Yuan (9th—16:06), Brian Mosher (10th—16:10), and Connor Dunleavy (11th—16:13) were Amity’s remaining top runners.

“We had hoped Shae would win the race, but he was four seconds off. Like I said before, it was a close race but the better team won” added Orgovan,”

On Saturday, Amity participated in the annual Wickham Invitational in Manchester. Running in the 15 team Championship Race, Orgovan’s boys came in fourth with 108 points. Darien won the 3.1 mile race, followed by New Milford (113), Xavier (116) and Amity. The individual race winner was Henry Wynne from Staples High of Westport. His winning time was 16:22.

“Wynne ran a damn fast race,” Orgovan said. “He may end up the Connecticut Champ.”

Amity’s top finishers were: Barletta (24th—17:44), Brian Dunleavy (25th—17:49), Yuan (26th—17:50), Connor Dunleavy (31st—17:52), and Mosher (41st—18:03).

Due to a minor leg problem, Orgovan chose to hold Belenski out of the race, in order to avoid any chance of worsening his injury and being forced to miss the upcoming conference and state meets.

It should be noted that third-ranked Danbury and fourth-ranked Fairfield Prep did not run at Wickham Park as they were running elsewhere on Saturday.

Amity went into the Fairfield Prep race, Amity had been ranked third in the state. Following the loss to the Jesuits, it is now expected that the Spartans will slip down one or two slots in the next poll. Orgovan felt that running without Belenski his team would slide to No. 6.

On Tuesday, Amity hosts Cheshire and Shelton in the annual race for the Housatonic Division championship in a 4 p.m. start at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge. All three teams go into that race without a Housy loss.

Below are photos from the Wickham Invitational in Manchester on Saturday and the meet against Prep. (Photos by Jacqueline Barletta)

Sep 242012
 

File photo from earlier Amity game.

By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Resnik and Resnik

Joe Guerra scored twice and teammate Jon Sutton added a pair of assists as the Amity boys soccer team defeated East Haven 6-2   Friday afternoon in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest at the Yellow Jackets’ Crisafi Field. With this win and Monday’s 2-1 success over West Haven, the undefeated Spartans now sport a 4-0 record.

The Easties opened the scoring by inadvertently knocking a corner kick into its own goal with three minutes gone in the match. Following that own goal, the score remained 1-0 until East Haven tied the game on a goal by Ronnie Quezada at the 25 minute mark.

The deadlock lasted 9 minutes when Guerra (with help from Sutton) found the Jackets’ net. Trailing 2-1, East Haven answered back once again. With two minutes left in the first half, Brian Lucarno scored to knot the tally at 2-2.

“Our play was very slow and lethargic during the first half. We took East Haven too lightly and our play got worse as the half went on,” Coach Mike Marchitto said. “I challenged my guys and pushed them hard during the halftime break.

Fortunately, they stood up to my challenge. We woke up and played much better in the second half.”

With the score tied 2-2 at the outset of the second half, Amity totally dominated play during the final 40 minutes of action. Ian O’Brien-Cannon (set up on a feed from Sutton) snapped the deadlock with his goal at 46 minutes. Goals from Dean Schwartz (unassisted at 48 minutes), Sean Bealieu (assisted by Austin Duffy at 70 minutes), and Guerra (from Schwartz at 78 minutes) closed out the scoring.

According to Marchitto, “My guys were so angry at themselves for playing so poorly during the first half, they really turned it on and really played well in the second half.”

Amity outshot the Yellow Jackets 13-6. Goalie Jeff Curtain made 2 saves and Griffin Volta added a first half stop.
On Monday, things started off against West Haven just as slow and easy as they had against the Easties. Guerra finally broke the lethargic, scoreless tie when he scored (on a feed from Justyn Broderick) at 24:15. West Haven answered with a 12 yard penalty kick at 38 minutes to tie the game at 1:1.

Rich Mayer (from Broderick) booted home the game winner at 58:56.

Marchitto added, “at times we played just o.k. and at other times our play was spectacular. I can’t find the reason we can’t stay focused for the full 80 minutes, but we do need to find a way to play with more consistency and work with 100% effort for the entire match.”

The Spartans visit Shelton Monday for a 7 PM match at Finn Stadium.

Sep 212012
 

VARSITY SPORTS

Week of Sept. 24-29, 2012

HOME Games are in RED

Monday, Sept. 24  

FIELD HOCKEY        Branford                 3:45 PM

GIRLS XC*                 Branf., East Haven  4:00 PM

GIRLS SOCCER        @ Lyman Hall         3:45  PM

BOYS SOCCER         @ Shelton                7:00 PM

VOLLEYBALL          @ West Haven         5:15 PM

BOYS XC*                 Branf., East Haven 4:00 PM

SWIMMING#             @ North Haven      4:00 PM

 

Thursday, Sept.27 

FIELD HOCKEY         @ Danbury              4:00 PM               


Friday, Sept. 28   

BOYS SOCCER          Lyman Hall               3:45 PM                 

FOOTBALL                @ Shelton                  7:00 PM

VOLLEYBALL          @ Cheshire                6:30 PM

FIELD HOCKEY        Lyman Hall               3:45 PM  

 

Saturday, Sept. 29  

GIRLS SOCCER         @ Shelton                  7:00 PM        


 #  @ Gawrych Town Pool in North Haven

 * (Also including Lyman Hall)

May 252012
 

Spartans at Yale Field

Amity’s Mike Concato pitched an excellent game striking out Hand players time and time again for a 2-0 victory in the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) semifinal game at Yale Field on Thursday night.

The Spartans will play in the SCC Championship game at Yale Field on Saturday at noon.

The boys are the third seeded team in this Tourney.

Softball at Biondi Field

The Lady Spartans tasted victory in the SCC Semifinal against East Haven on Thursday night, and earned a well-deserved place in the SCC Championships.

The Spartans beat the Easties 5-3 as East Haven fans felt the chill from the bleachers while the fog rolled in from the ocean.

The seven senior players want to win the league title this year.

The Spartans took the lead in the first inning with  a 1-0 with an RBI courtesy of Jenna DiLorenzo.

In the fourth inning, the Easties tied the game at 1-1, but Amity fired back with three unearned runs.

Amity scored again with a fly ball by Corina Zdrowski  in the fifth for Amity.

Amity  will go up against either No. 1 Foran or No. 5 Mercy in Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship game at Biondi Field.

The Spartans are 18-4 this season.

Photo by Terri Miles