Boys Hockey: Battle at Bennett Amazing Game Between Amity and West Haven

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Feb 012019

The Amity Boys Ice Hockey team has had a run of bad luck in recent weeks, but their spirit is still strong and their coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli has faith that they will come back and start winning again.

On Wednesday, the Spartans ranked 10th in DII, went up against the West Haven Blue Devils, ranked 6th in DI. The coach said they are mirror images of one another. Both teams play hard and they are both tight-knit groups — like brothers. The boys know one another personally, and they even shared the same bus for a season-opening scrimmage in Massachusetts in December.

There’s no denying that West Haven is a good team. Most of their victories were 3 – to – 4 points over their opponents, so for Amity, a DII team, to keep the point spread this close is a credit to their skill.

West Haven’s Kaden Morgillo put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard in the first period, assisted by Conner Fowler and Kevin Moriarty at 6:32.

First Period Score: 1-0 West Haven

Amity really didn’t waste much time tying the game in the second period. At 4:48 Jason Csejka made a goal, assisted by Cody White.

West Haven pulled ahead about 2:30 minutes later when Nikolas Kyle slipped one past Amity Goalie Malachi Zurolo on an assist from Moriarty.

Second Period Score: 2-1 West Haven

The third period was just a flurry of action and excitement. The Blue Devils fired shot after shot at Zurolo and the Spartans bombarded Jared Pliszka with shots. Both goalies went over and above doing their jobs. It was crazy.

The final few seconds of the game were insane. Zurolo was pulled, in a common strategic move, in order to get an extra man on the ice.

At any moment, West Haven could have taken control of the puck and easily scored again, but Amity was able to hold them off and keep the puck on the opposite end of the rink.

No one scored, a huge credit to Zurolo and Pliszka, each team’s defensive line and the coaches.

Final Score: West Haven won this one 2-1.

Records: Amity 7-6, West Haven 8-6

Seven Year Old Girl: “How many pucks are out there now?”

Grandmother: “One.”

Girl: “Why not two?”

                                                    Grandmother: “Well each team has to try to get the puck and hit it into the net to score. If there were two out there                                                                at the same time then it would be a free-for-all and not much of a challenge.”

Girl: “Why?”

Grandmother: “Those are just the rules. — I’m going to watch the game now.”

Next Up For Amity: The Spartans host East Haven (5-1-7) at Bennett Rink on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. This is the Spartans’ Senior Day Game. Come on out and cheer on our boys and hopefully witness their comeback victory. 

Boys, why not dedicate this game to your senior members. Keep them on your minds with every move you make. Just Believe you can win this and you will. Let’s go Spartans!

Boys Lacrosse: WOW, Hughes Leads Amity to Victory Over West Haven

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Apr 052018

LAX Coach Brandon Pepe

The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team was on the road in West Haven for its season opener on Thursday, April 5, for a game against the Blue Devils.

The Amity team — which includes many members of the amazing 2017-18 Ice Hockey team which went all the way to the state quarterfinal game — wasted no time at all in showing who was in charge, gaining two goals each in the first and second quarters.

Score at the half, 4-0 Amity.

The Spartans continued their excellent teamwork into the third quarter with four goals to West Haven’s one.

Third quarter score, 8-1 Amity.

There was much of the same in the final quarter with Amity scoring an additional four goals to the Blue Devil’s two.

Spartans Win this one 12-3.

Amity: Colin Hughes 4g, 5a; Luke Smith 2g, 1a; Adam Cusano 1g, 1a; Matt Weidenfeller 1g, 1a; Jake Silliman 2a; Simon Flaherty 1g; Jason Perrotti 1g; Chris Bierezoweic 1g; Ed Martino 1g; Jacob Lettick 1a.
West Haven: Nick Massaro 1g, 1a; Nico Kyle 1g; Kevin Moriarty 1g.
Goalies: A – Dane Walsh 9 saves; WH – Kevin Moriarty 26 saves
RECORDS: Amity 1-0; WH 0-1.
NOTE: g = goal; a = assist

Boys Swimming and Diving: Seniors Lead Spartans To Victory

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Feb 032018

Blake Wetter

The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team hosted West Haven/Platt Tech in Orange on Friday, Feb. 2.

Amity seniors Uranik Klobucishta and Blake Wetter led the Spartans to an 87-72 victory.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:50.93 Shiva Gowda, Danial Li, Kevin Yanagisawa, Uranik Klobucishta

200 Freestyle: A- 1:53.10 Arsenio Bustos

Colin Roy

200 Ind. Med: A- 222.09 Blake Wetter

50 freestyle: A- 24.11 Shiva Gowda

Diving: A- 234.95 Uranik Klobucishta

100 Butterfly: A- 56.94 Colin Roy

100 Freestyle: A- 54.01 Blake Wetter

West Haven’s Winning Events

500 Freestyle: WH- 5:48.13 Luis Lopez

200 Freestyle Relay: WH- 1:34.66 Heli Estrada, Christopher Olsen, Tabish Butt, Julian Thomas

100 Backstroke: WH- 1:10.69 Bryan Barrington

100 Breaststroke:WH- 1:19.01 Christopher D’Inzio

400 Freestyle Relay: WH- 3:45.34 Issac Gorske, Shane Taulty, Luis Lopez, Christopher D’Inzio

Records: Amity 9-1, West Haven/Platt Tech 2-7


Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)


Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1


AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1


Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.

Before The Game: West Haven/Amity Hockey Honor The Late Rob Fumiatti

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Jan 102018

The late Robert Fumiatti was well-respected and much-loved in every capacity of his life. As a youth hockey player under coach Michael Richetelli, or as #8 on the Blue Devils hockey team in West Haven, as a coach for the Amity Spartans alongside Richetelli, as a New Haven Police Officer and as a husband and father.

On June 13, 2002, Officer Fumiatti was shot in the face in the line of duty and passed away from complications of that incident. End of Watch Wednesday, January 10, 2007

His gravesite is in the Orange Center Cemetery.

Today is the 11th anniversary of Rob Fumiatti’s death and tonight, after a unanimous vote at the West Haven School Board meeting last week, his #8 Hockey Jersey will be retired, and no player will ever wear it again.

Richetelli teared up as he spoke about the upcoming ceremony for his former player and colleague.

“Rob was a coach at Amity, and he was on my youth hockey team,” Richetelli said choking back tears. “It’s going to be an emotional night. We’re going to have to try to separate the emotion from the game.”

All of the Amity coaches remember Fumiatti fondly.

If you are going to the West Haven/Amity game at 6:30 p.m. make sure you arrive early for the ceremony.



Boys Basketball: Thomas Leads Amity In Victory Over West Haven

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Dec 292017

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, Spartans fans witnessed a fantastic basketball game. It was Amity vs West Haven and from the get-go, the Blue Devils (and their coach) seemed to know they were out of their league.

AMITY           22 23 17 16 – 78

WEST HAVEN 11 13   8 19 – 51

Tyler Thomas 9 5-5 led the Spartans with 25 points, including 2 three-point field goals. He’s also credited with 10 assists and 6 rebounds. He was followed by Joe Benedetti 3 4-7 10 (and 10 rebounds), James Van Hise 4 1-2 10 (and 8 rebounds), Chris Bierezowiec 3 1-2 9, Jack Nolan 2 2-3 6, Sebastian Formica 2 0-0 5, Mike Young 1 1-2 3, Cole Wissink 1 1-2 3, Nick Huribal 1 0-0 2, Brian Curtin 1 0-0 2,  Totals 28 15-23 78.      

West Haven

Josiah Steinman 7 3-4 19 Jordan Berrios 3 2-3 10, Joshua Moncreef 3 1-2 7, Toma Brown 3 1-2 7. Jamal Pate 1 1-2 4,  Shea Shefield 1 0-0 3, Nick Comera 0 1-2 1 Totals 18 9-15 51.

Three-Point Field Goals

West Haven – 6 ( 2 Steinman, 2 Berrios, Pate, Shefield); Amity 7 ( Van Hise, Formica, 2 Bierezowiec, Burke)

Records: Amity 3-0, West Haven 1-2

Football: Amity Working Hard

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Oct 102016

Colin Beaulieu on the move

Colin Beaulieu on the move

Friday night was a great night for football — if your team is the Blue Devils.

Amity was on the road in West Haven on Oct. 7. Once again the injury plagued Spartans played their hardest, but with some of their most skilled teammates, like Chase Burzynski, now sidelined, scoring seems to be up to Colin Beaulieu, Ryan Sabo, Matt Weidenfellar, Ryan Bedini, and kicker Jordan Conn.

The Spartans may not be the SCC gridiron superstars, but they do have a lot of drive, and with a full roster could possibly be great.

Last week’s loss was tough, with West Haven dominating the game the first quarter until the end.

First Quarter: WH 14 – 0

Beaulieu made a nice run at the end of the first advancing several yards, dodging tackles, pushed out of bounds, but the Westies could not take him down.

Second Quarter: WH 27 – 0

Third Quarter: WH 42 – 0

Fourth Quarter:

Beaulieu crossed the goal line but there was a flag on the play that squashed it.

Just about a minute later with less than 6 minutes remaining in the game Beaulieu made the Spartan’s one touchdown and Jordan Conn’s kick was good.

Final Score: WH 50 – Amity 7

This week is a BYE week for the Spartans, meaning a lot of practice and preparing for an away game at Branford.




Boys Lacrosse: Amity Wins CIAC Qualifying Round vs West Haven 13-2

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May 302015

IMG_0245The Amity Spartans Lacrosse Team, under the leadership of Coach Brandon Pepe, have made a name for themselves indeed. No, they didn’t win the SCC title this year… but this afternoon they gave it all they had and won a spot in the state championship lineup by handily defeating West Haven in the CIAC qualifying round at Amity.

The Spartans flew ahead of the Blue Devils 4-1 in the first quarter and never looked back. They added 4 more goals in the second and 3 in the third, then topped it off with 2 final goals to West Haven’s 1 in the final quarter.

It was Amity 13-2 and now they go on to battle with their toughest opponents — Darien on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Darien High School.

“They are one of the premier high school programs in the country having won the past 2 state championships,” Coach Pepe said. “We are playing our best lacrosse at this point in the season and are ready to compete at our best Wednesday.”
Notable Players: 
Jake Milner and Brad Uscilla tied as the game’s high scoring player with 3 goals and 2 assists each; Matt DeLizio, Ian MacDonald, Matt Attolino, Sean Grenier and Mikey Cavanagh each made 1 goal and 1 assist;  Adam Cusano and Tyler Vincent each made 1 goal and Cory Sachs had 1 assist.
West Haven
Devan Hines and Jake Conlan each made 1 goal and Justin Tuschoff had 1 assist.
Amity far outshot West Haven 36-14.
The Blue Devils’ Goalie Ryan Pickering made 14 saves for West Haven; Amity’s goalies Matt Perrotti made 4 saves and later in the game, Brian Philibert made 3 saves.

Girls Lacrosse: Now 4-2 for the Season

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Apr 272014

IMG_8498The Amity Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has had a pretty good run so far this season. Here are two games from the past week (one win, one loss) leaving them with a 4-2 record thus far.

Amity vs Cheshire

On Saturday, April 19, the Lady Spartans hosted Cheshire in Woodbridge at the half, with a score of 7-5 they had a little catching up to do, but it was still anyone’s game. Cheshire rose to the challenge making 9 goals to Amity’s 3 and ultimately defeating Amity 16-8.

Cheshire outshot Amity 30-15. Amity goalie, Jena Casman made 11 saves; Cheshire’s Alexa Carbone made 10 saves.

Here is the scoring information for this game:

Amity’s Sarah Turner was the game’s high scorer with 6 goals; Liz Marino and Kira Saunders each added 1 goal for the Lady Spartans. Eleanor Henn had 1 assist.

Cheshire’s Maddy Levy made 5 goals and had 1 assist; Taylor Stauffer 3 goals; Michelle Federico, 2 goals, 3 assists;  Megan Dutchyshyn, 2 goals, 1 assist; Olivia Larson, 2 goals;  Danielle Chambrelli, 1 goal and 1 assist; Emma Gaudio rounded out Cheshire’s action with 1 assist.

Amity vs West Haven

On Thursday, April 24, the Lady Spartans hit the road for a narrow 11-10 SCC victory against host team West Haven. 

West Haven took an early lead with 6-4 at the half, then Amity pulled it together and blasted past West Haven with 8 goals in the second half.

Amity’s Sarah Turner made 3 goals, Liz Marino had 2 goals, 2 assists; Taylor Portelinha and Becky Turner each had 2 goals; Kira Saunders had 1 goal, 1 assist; Kendra Osinski had 1 goal; Bella Ferro had 1 assist.

West Haven’s Ava Gambardella was the game’s high scorer with 4 goals, 1 assist; Melanie Reiss had 3 goals, 1 assist; Allyson Hemstock had 2 goals, 1 assist; and Alyssa Talmelli made 2 goals.

Both goalkeepers worked hard in this competition. Amity’s Jena Casman made 7 saves; Josey Militrano made 10 saves for West Haven.

Team records — Amity 4-2; West Haven 4-2

Boys Tennis: Amity Defeats West Haven

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Apr 292013

The Boys Varsity Tennis Team defeated West Haven 5 – 2 on April 22 at Amity.