This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule — May 7 – 12

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May 062018

We’re right in the middle of the Spring Sports season, every game is crucial at this point.

Here are the Spartans’ Varsity games for this week.

Monday, May 7

Girls Golf vs Sacred Heart Academy HOME at Racebrook CC – Orange 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Cheshire HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Shelton HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Baseball vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Guilford AWAY at Guilford High School 7 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Newtown HOME at Amity 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8

Boys Golf vs Hamden HOME Oak Lane CC – Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Boys Track vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven High 3:45 p.m.

Girls Track vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven High 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Shelton AWAY East Village Park 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Mercy HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9

Boys Golf vs Shelton HOME – The Tradition at Oak Lane C.C. – Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Mercy AWAY at Lymans Golf Course 3 p.m.

Softball vs Hamden AWAY at Hamden High 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs West Haven HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.
Girls Tennis vs North Haven HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse vs East Lyme HOME – Amity High School – Field # 3 4:00 p.m.
Baseball vs Career Magnet AWAY – East Shore Athletic Complex 4:00 p.m.
Boys Volleyball vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Hand 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10

Boys Golf vs Fairfield Prep HOME Oak Lane CC – Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Boys Track Louck’s Games AWAY White Plains NY 3 p.m.

Softball vs Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Sacred Heart 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Guilford HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Friday, May 11

Boys Tennis vs Cheshire AWAY at Cheshire HS 3:45 p.m.

Boys Track Irv Black Invite AWAY at Willowbrook Park, New Britain 4:00 p.m.

Girls Track Lady Titans Relays AWAY at Sheehan HS 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12

Baseball vs Norwich Free Academy HOME at Amity 11:00 a.m.

Boys Track Irv Black Invite AWAY at Willowbrook Park, New Britain, 9:00 a.m.

Have Breakfast For Dinner and Support The Amity Boys’ Lacrosse Team

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Dec 172016

lacrosse smilesChip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, will host a fundraising Breakfast for Dinner event to support the Amity Boys’ Lacrosse Team on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 5-7 p.m.

For just $10, you’ll get 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 pc sausage or slices of bacon, and Coffee or Tea.

2013 file photo lacrosse100% of your donation goes to the Lacrosse Team.

Click one of the links below to reserve your time preference and pay with credit card or PayPal.

To reserve a 5 p.m. slot click HERE.

To reserve a 6 p.m. seating click HERE.

Sign Up Today for Amity Youth Lacrosse

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Feb 292016

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 10.30.27 PMIf you want your son to play Lacrosse, here’s a wonderful local training opportunity.

Registration for the 2016 Spring Lacrosse season for boys in grades 1-8, is open through Monday, February 29. Visit the Amity Youth Lacrosse website HERE.
For information on the league, call AYL President Jim Coughlin at 646-460-4166 or e-mail jtcoughlin@optonline.net.
If you live in Orange you are probably aware that new Lacrosse fields are being built at Fred Wolfe Park to accommodate the growing sport.
The AYL chose this photo of Former Amity LAX Captain Joey Choiniere who also was Amity’s Athlete of the Year in 2014.
Choiniere and two of his brothers Mike and Billy all played LAX at Amity and went on to play in college: Billy at Towson, Mike at Albertus Magnus and Joey is now playing for Sacred Heart.
So, YES parents, your child CAN receive a college scholarship for playing LAX.
Press Release:
While almost every American is aware of the popularity of the NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB and NHL; most would be stumped if asked which is the fastest growing team sport. If someone were to hazard a guess, they would most likely be wrong, because the fastest growing sport is none of these.

It’s lacrosse.

According to an annual report by US Lacrosse,“A record total of 746,859 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2013. The growth rate from last year (722,205) was 3.4 percent and youth participation topped 400,000 for the first time ever.”

Two Reasons for The Upward Trend

What’s behind lacrosse -the first team sport in America and once played mainly as an amateur sport in Northeastern prep schools and private colleges – and its increasingly mainstream appeal? Primarily, three things:

The first reason is that it’s a gender neutral sport. There is not much difference in the way men and women play it.

The second is that it can adapt to most playing fields, so there are no set limits on where it can be played.

The third reason is it was not until the 1970’s that manufacturers mass produced lacrosse sticks. Before then it was only available in limited supply because each stick was handcrafted by Mohawk craftsmen in Canada. Today, they are widely available from specialty websites like Lacrosse Monkey.

The combined effect of these three causal factors have made it easy for school districts to include it as a High School sport, as well as for colleges, and professional teams to organize the game.

Expanding Beyond the Northeast Corridor

When people think of lacrosse, they immediately associate it with the northeast corridor; where it is a long-established, preppy sport.

However, lacrosse can no longer be considered a Northeast-based sport. It is now even played in unlikely states such as Texas, Minnesota and South Carolina, where sports fans have never been known for appreciating the game. Moreover, from 2009 to 2013, participation in the sport has grown significantly in both the Midwestern and Southern states. Lacrosse is now popular in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Lacrosse in High Schools and Colleges

The popularity of lacrosse is highest at the high school level, where its popularity can be described as explosive. From this swelling mass of young players, it may one day become a future All-American sport. Lacrosse, of course, still has some ways to catch up with well-established high school sports like soccer, football, basketball or baseball.

According to a press release by US Lacrosse, “Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level, and a total of 290,046 players competed in 2013.”

The popularity of lacrosse in high school appears to have trickled into colleges, too. According to the same press release,”Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and more than 35,000 players competed on varsity, club or junior college teams in 2013. A staggering 60 new varsity programs were added in 2013.”

Denver, the #1 college team in the USA also is the farthest west.

Lacrosse Is On The Rise

Although lacrosse is edging toward becoming a mainstream sport, it is not as well known as other major American sports played in high schools, colleges and professionally. However, it’s popularity is growing at a faster rate. As young players in high schools graduate and go to college, it is expected to increase at the collegiate level, as well as at the club and professional level. While lacrosse is becoming popular in the United States, organizers also hope that it will become an international sport and that it will make it’s Olympic debut by 2024.

Originally Published on: Feb 27, 2016 @ 13:13

(From the Amity LAX website)

(From the Amity LAX website)

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Boys Lacrosse: Amity Improves To 8-5 After Victory Over Foran

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May 172015

IMG_3183The Spartans were on the road Saturday for a lively game against the Foran Lions in Milford.
The states are coming up and Brandon Pepe’s boys are hungry for a stab at the championship.
The Spartans came on strong in the first quarter and never lost momentum.
The first quarter score was 6-2; Each team scored 1 goal in the second quarter (7-3 Amity); The Spartans pulled even further ahead with 3 extra goals in the third (10-3 Amity); then topped it off with 4 final goals to Foran’s 1 to win the game 14-4.
Notable Players: (Foran’s Information wasn’t provided)
Brad Uscilla 6 goals and 1 assist, Anthony Uscilla 2 goals and 3 assists,  Matt Attolino, Matt DeLizio 1 goal and 3 assists, Tyler Vincent 1 goal and 2 assists, Jake Milner 1 goal and 1 assist, Mikey Cavanagh 1, Ian MacDonald 1.
In addition, Jake Cala, Mark Dellatorre, and Ryan Rattley each had 1 assist.
Spartans goalie Matt Perrotti made 8 saves.
Amity improved its record to 8-5.

Boys Lacrosse Under the Lights – How’d It Go?

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May 022015

IMG_1998Boys Lacrosse under the Friday Night Lights… who knew?
The Amity vs North Haven games on the Bill Johnson Field is typically played with a football, but on Friday, May 1, Amity began what may be a new tradition — Lacrosse under the lights.
Unfortunately for our Spartans the undefeated Indians showed no mercy for their hosts.
North Haven was first to score, and Amity did a pretty good job keeping up with them – in the first quarter.
The game was tied 2-2 in the first quarter. But the Indians pulled ahead in the second quarter with 4 goals to Amity’s 1, going into the half with a 6-3 lead. They continued their onslaught with 4 more goals in the third, ending that quarter 10-3. The Spartans fought back in the final quarter, making 2 goals to the Indians 1, but it just wasn’t enough. North Haven won this battle 11-5.
Amity   2-1-0-2 – 5
NH     2-4-4-1  – 11
Notable Players:
North Haven
The Indians’ Cole Pecora was the game’s high scoring player with 5 goals; Colin Uyeki and Jake Kastenhuber each made 2; Bowen Brennan made 1 goal and 1 assist and Connor Suraci made 1 goal.
Jake Milner and Brad Uscilla each made 1 goal and 1 assist; Matt DeLizio, Anthony Uscilla and Tyler Vincent each made 1 goal and Matt Attolino had 1 assist.
Both Goalies worked hard — Amity’s Evan Campbell made 18 saves; North Haven’s Josh Back made 12.
Amity 5-4; North Haven 10-0

Amity LAX Senior Day: 14-1 Victory Over Shelton

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May 202013

IMG_1083The Amity Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team continued its recent winning streak with a 14-1 victory against Shelton on May 17.

This was a special day for the team as it was “Senior Day” honoring the five dedicated senior players who’ve given their heart and souls to the game over the past four years.

All 5 seniors: Eric Dykun, attack; Matt Milner, attack; Austin Burns, defense; Casey Grenier, defense; and Jimmy Steinbrick, goalie, started.

Coach Brandon Pepe said, “It was the first career varsity start for both Jimmy and Eric. Both played outstanding as Eric had 2 goals and an assist. Jimmy made 6 saves, held a pretty good opponent to just 1 goal, and earned the win.”

“All-around it was our best performance as a team this season. We are really coming together well as a young team, getting better every day as we preached from the first practice of the year,” Pepe said.  “The underclassmen really rallied for their seniors and worked hard today, it was a great way to honor the seniors for all of the hard work that they have put into practices and games over the past 4 seasons.”

He added, “The coaching staff is really pleased with the senior class. Although they are low on numbers, they have great leadership and personalities that helped define the positive attitude on this team. The seniors are the reason why we have been so successful this year as a team with a new coaching staff.”

With one game left, the team is focused on reaching their goal of a 10 win season.

In this game, Tyler Burns had 4 goals and 2 assists; Eric Dykun had 2 goals and an assist; Jake Milner had 1 goal and 2 assists.

Also, John Pignataro had 3 goals; Matt Milner had 2 goals; and Nick Coassin had 1 goal.

And Joe Choiniere  had 2 assists; Austin Burns had 1 assist; and Matt Attolino had 1 assist.

Shelton’s only goal came with only 2:30 left in the final quarter by Josh Kreitler.

Amity Goalie Jimmy Steinbrick made 6 saves and Shelton’s Goal keeper Don Schiffer made 11 saves.

The scoreboard looked like this:

Amity     8-2-3-1  14
Shelton  0-0-0-1   1

Team records: Amity 9-6; Shelton 5-10

The Spartan’s final game of the regular season is at North Haven on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:45 p.m.  A victory here means they make their goal of 10 wins for the season.

See more photos on our Orange Live Facebook page.