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Mark DellaTorre led the Spartans to a 9-6 win scoring 3 goals and with 1 assist.
Also for Amity, Tyler Vincent had 2 goals and 1 assist; Adam Cusano had 1 goal and 1 assist; Colin Hughes, Chris Bierezoweic, and Matt Weidenfeller each made 1 goal. Ryan Rattley and Luke Smith each had 2 assists.
Hamden’s Ryan Morely made 4 goals, teammates Nevins and Miller each made 1 goal.
With the Amity Lacrosse Season beginning tomorrow, Orange Live asked Coach Brandon Pepe for his thoughts on the 2016 team.
Here’s what he said:
We have a lot of talent returning to our roster, coming off an 11-7 season and a first round loss to CIAC state champion Darien. We have a very balanced roster coming into the season, and are expecting another great season.
We are led by our four senior captains, Mikey Pretlove, Mike DeVito, Ian MacDonald, and Sam King.
Anthony Uscilla and Tyler Vincent, along with co-captain Ian MacDonald will start at Attack.
Sam King leads the midfield, along with Mike Cavanagh, Ryan Rattley, and Mark DellaTorre.
The defense is led by co-captains Mikey Pretlove, a 3 year starter, and Mike DeVito. James Cofrancesco will start alongside them, and Greg Pignataro will see extended playing time as a defensive midfielder.
In goal we have Matt Perrotti, who gained valuable experience last season as a sophomore. He looks poised in the net so far, and we expect great things from him.
We have a good mix of senior leadership and talented underclassmen. I have been impressed with many of our young sophomores including midfielders Luke Smith and Matt Weidenfeller, and defenseman Paul Buda. All will get significant playing time. We have a very demanding schedule this year, and will be playing in a lot of close games.
We play in one of the best lacrosse conferences in the country. One of our most important pieces on the team is our faceoff specialist, Cory Sachs. Cory is excellent at his craft, and able to get us extra possessions with his faceoff abilities. That is a huge asset to the team.
Overall, the team is very focused and excited heading into our first game this week.
The first game is HOME against New Milford on Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m. NOTE: Boys Lacrosse start time postponed to 4pm today on field #3.
Records: Amity, 1-1; Branford, 1-1.
Amity goes up against Daniel Hand Monday, April 13 in Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m. and away at Guilford on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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
The Lawmen played hard, staying on top of their men throughout the game but scoring was a problem.
Amity outshot Law 19-10
Two Amity goalies took turns working the net: Evan Campbell made 3 saves and James Chapman had 1.
Law’s Goalkeeper Paul Johnson made 3 saves for the Lawmen.
Amity: Kyle Sullivan 3 goals, 2 assists; Nick Mazzacco 2 goals; Steve Sember and Joe Choiniere 1 each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Jesse Cala 1 goal, 2 assists,
Ajay King, Matt Attolino, Tyler Burns, Nick Coassin, Jake Cala, and Sean Grenier each made 1 goal. Bubba Pignataro had 2 assists.
Law: Tyler Cavallaro scored the solitary goal for the Lawmen with 2:39 left in the third quarter.
Amity 6 – 3 – 5 – 0 = 14
Jonathan Law 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 = 1
The Spartans play Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde on Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m.
The following CIAC schools participate in boys lacrosse: Amity Regional, Branford 15-2, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, Fairfield Prep, Foran, Guilford 10-7, Jonathan Law 14-1, Hamden, North Haven, Notre Dame, Shelton, West Haven, Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde, Xavier
Notre Dame-West Haven 8-7
Lyman Hall 17-2
Amity is now 5-0 for the season.
For the second consecutive game sophomore Evan Campbell (13) showed what he was made of with 18 saves during the April 5 Boys Lacrosse game against Branford.
Coach Brandon Pepe, who is new to Amity, said he had heard Branford was tough, and tough it was, a back-and-forth nailbiter till the last minute, with Amity coming out on top 13-12.
Amity’s Ajay King (18), made 5 shots, scored 4 goals and made 2 assists; Matt Milner (5) made 3 shots, scored 2 goals and had 2 assists; Jake Milner (2) made 4 shots, 3 goals and 2 assists; Joey Choiniere (10) made 6 shots, 4 goals and had 2 assists and NIck Coassin (25) made 2 shots and scored 1 goal.
In other action, Amity’s Tyler Burns (9) made 1 assist; David Buono (15) made 2 shots, Austin Burns (3) made 1 shot and had 1 assist. Damon Robinson (17) and Steven Sember (20) made one shot each.
The Season opener saw a comfortable 8-1 win, but this game, as mentioned before was much tougher.
Milner said, “This one was a little tighter, but it shows that our young team can go out there and fight.”
Burns added, “With a whole new coaching staff, everybody’s buying into the system, we come together as a family and I think we’re all playing really well together.”
“We’ve got a really good attitude, and a real good team,” Choiniere said. “Evan Campbell, the goalie, played a good gamel.”
“We all came together as a team and we played well,” Burns said.
Chase Swift (8) made 4 shots and had 3 assists; Mike Potter (17) made 1 shot, scored 1 goal and had 1 assist; DJ Ryan made 5 shots and 1 goal; Jim May (18) made 10 shots and scored 6 goals; Justin Blood (27) made 8 shots, 3 goals and 1 assist; Mike Caminear (14) made 2 shots, and 1 goal.
Records: Amity 2-0; Branford 0-1