The Amity Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team hosted Branford at its season opener in Orange on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
The first game was played on Sept. 7 against Branford at home. The Lady Spartans shut out the Hornets 3-0.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Spartans were on the road for a matchup against the Cheshire Rams.
Every game went in Cheshire’s favor: 25-20, 25-18, 25-10.
Cheshire wins 3-0.
Amity – Abby Harbinson had seven kills, six digs, Maddy Adzigian had seven kills, Caroline Fertman had seven blocks.
Cheshire – Lindsey Abramson had 10 kills, four digs, two aces, Ariana Perlini had nine digs.
Records: Cheshire 2-0, Amity 1-1.
Next up for Amity is a home game against Wilbur Cross on Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Branford (5-1-1) lost its first game of the season 4-2 to Guilford on Friday, and came out with one mission — to win! They didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. At 12:33, Blake Kustra made a goal, assisted by Max Bunton and Spencer Engstom.
The Hornets dominated the second period in spite of the Spartan’s best efforts. Jack Manware made a goal assisted by Bunton at 5:25. At 6:09 Kustra made his second goal, assisted by Robbie Lionetti and Bunton. Less than 2 minutes later, Manware made his second goal, assisted by Kustra at 7:58. Amity switched out goalie Michael Holloway for Tyler Cole. SCORE: 4-0 Branford
While the Zamboni smoothed the ice, Amity Coach Michael Richetelli had a chat with his team to come up with some sort of strategy. The Spartans came out with the fire in their hearts that we’ve come to love this season. In the first 30 seconds, Jason Csejka scored the first goal for Amity, assisted by Ryan Miller and Jamie Blum. Three minutes later Jake Silliman made an unassisted goal, but that was as good as it got. Tyler Cole was able to keep Branford at bay so they didn’t widen the spread any further. FINAL SCORE: 4-2 Branford.
From the Coach
Richetelli said his team played with some intensity in the third period that they should have played with in the first two. “We played a good first period, but they didn’t play with intensity. That’s a lesson we learned today,” he said. “You learn and you move on.”
Of Branford, he said, “We knew they were a good team and it was going to be a tough game. They (Branford) came off a tough loss yesterday and so, they came back today.”
“You can’t expect to win, you have to play hard to make that happen,” Richetelli said. “They dominated the second period, and we should have played harder then.”
Next up for Amity, is an away game vs Hamden on Wednesday, Jan. 17. This is the first time the Spartans have played the Green Dragons (4-2) in quite some time.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Spartans will host NFI [New Fairfield/Immaculate] (4-1-1) in West Haven at 3 p.m.
The Spartans defeated the Hornets 99-69 at the Branford pool.
Amity’s Winning Events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:43.08 Colin Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Uranik Klobucishta
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:06.25 Arsenio Bustos
50 Freestyle: A-22.11 Colin Roy
Diving: A- 196.45 Uranik Klobucishta
100-yard Butterfly: A- 54.65 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Freestyle: A- 51.47 Tyler Roy
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:13.41 Nic Robinson
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:38.19 Tyler Roy, Uranik Klobucishta, Nic Robinson, Kevin Yanagisawa
Branford’s Winning Events
200-yard Freestyle: B- 1:48.63 Aiden Henry
100-yard Backstroke: B- 1:06.87 David Zhang
100-yard Breaststroke: B- 1:18.57 Jack Andrew Orce
400-yard Freestyle Relay: B- 3:55.13 Aiden Henry, Daniel Kamen, David Zhang, Andrew Orce,
Records: Amity 2-0, Branford 0-2
Amity retained its undefeated status with this 91-84 victory over Branford.
Amity’s Winning Events
Notes: Amity’s Kayleigh Foley and Amanda Hendrick each won two individual events, Vera Belfonti won an individual event and helped her team win the 200 yard Medley Relay.
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:58.58 Molly Cox, Chris Delda, Vera Belfonti, Emma Tirollo,
200-yard Freestyle: A- 2:04.03 Kayleigh Foley
50-yard Freestyle: A- 26.24 Amanda Hendrick
Diving: A- 188.30 Halle Syrop
100-yard Butterfly: A- 1:02.90 Vera Belfonti
100 Freestyle: A- 58.04 Amanda Hendrick
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:41.06 Kayleigh Foley
Branford’s Winning Events
Notes: Branford’s Gabija Karosas won two individual events and helped her team win the 200-yard Freestyle contest.
200 Ind. Medley: B-2:22.67 Gabija Karosas
200-yard Freestyle Relay: B- 1:47.72 Melissa Juliano, Gabrielle Gillis, Gabija Karosas, Sally Nardella
100-yard Backstroke: B- 1:06.75 Gabija Karosas,
100-yard Breaststroke: B- 1:21.02 Ryan Bohan
400-yard Freestyle Relay: B- 4:06.92 Adrienne Dillon, Melissa Juliano, Sally Nardella
Amity Record: 5-0
Amity pitcher Grace Whitman had some big shoes to fill after Katie Koshes and Morgan Perry graduated last year, but she has some chops and is making a name for herself this year.
Whitman had 5 strikeouts in Monday’s game.
The Lady Spartans took an early lead with four runs in the first inning, followed by two in the second, while Branford didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth inning with two runs. Amity kept forging ahead with four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning.
Whitman works well with catcher Rachel Crow.
Records: Amity 3-0; Branford 0-2
Amity is on the road today, Wednesday, April 12 at Lauralton Hall in Milford at 4:15 p.m.
The 2017 Roster includes:
Freshman Abigail Fletcher (#20)
Sophomores — Elizabeth Brownfield (#2); Rachael Crow (#4); and Sarah Sudhoff (#28)
Juniors — Grace Whitman (#6); Danielle Nordyk (#7); Carly Marchitto (#10); Nicole Koshes (#16); and Brooke Matyasovsky (#17);
Seniors — Emily Mullins (#3); Audrey Regan (#13); Aviva Green (#15); Jenna Thomas (#25), and Taylor Derienzo (#27)
Amity took an early lead and Branford couldn’t catch up.
Amity 11 11 14 11 – 47
Branford 5 5 8 4 – 22
Amity’s Tara Laugeni and Emma Pierson from Branford shared the title of high scoring player with 10 points each.
Amity (47) — Tara Laugeni 10, Jenna Thomas 9, Emma Gehr 8, Amanda Granados 6, Hannah Iwaszkiewicz 6, Jillian Martin 6, Cathrine Thomas 2.
Totals: 19 6-10 47
Branford (22) —Emma Pierson 4 2-2 10, Sophia Araneo 4, Autumn McHenry 4, Marissa Minore 2, Adrienne DiGioa 2.
Totals: 8 6-8 22
3-point goals: Amity 3 (Gehr 2, Martin 1)
Records: Amity 6-4; Branford 4-7
The girls are Away at Mercy in Middletown on Friday night.
Come see SCC Coach of the Year Seth Davis and his top notch team of players in action during this very important competition.
The Lady Spartans are now 19-1 for the season. Branford has 16 wins.
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.