Boys Lacrosse: Amity Battles Guilford to 10-7 Victory

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Apr 182014

Amity's David Buono Jumps for joy after making a goal against Guilford.

Amity’s David Buono Jumps for joy after making a goal against Guilford.

The Amity Lacrosse Team fought hard against Guilford at a home game on Thursday afternoon, taking the lead early and never letting go.

At the half Amity was ahead 6-1, but then Guilford picked it up and the game was on.

Amity outshot Guilford 26-22. It was a battle of the James’s at the nets. Amity’s James Chapman made 16 saves; Guilford’s James Bright had 6 for his team.

Amity: Matt DeLizio, David Buono and Brad Uscilla each made 2 goals; Ajay King had 2 goals and 2 assists; Steve Sember had 1 goal and 2 assists; Joe Choiniere had 1 goal and 2 assists; and Tyler Burns was credited with 3 assists.

Guilford: Will Dacey and Eric Zergiebel each made 2 goals; Jack Hyzak had 1 goal; Rob LoRicco and Frank Ranfone each made 1 goal and 1 assist.


AMITY            2 – 4 – 1 – 3 = 10
GUILFORD  1 – 0 – 3 – 3 = 7

Coach Brandon Pepe could not have been more proud of his team.

“This was a great win for us as Guilford has a great lacrosse program, and are always a very well coached team,” Pepe said. “Our goalie, James Chapman, was unbelievable in net. He made a few very difficult saves early on, and the defense rallied behind him. This was a great display of Amity lacrosse today.”

Football: Falcons Soar Past Spartans

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Oct 122013


Running Back David Buono comes in for the touchdown. (file photo)

Running Back David Buono comes in for the touchdown. (file photo)

By Nick Mirto

Orange Live Sports Writer


An unfortunate series of penalties, interceptions, dropped passes and fumbles stymied Amity’s early bid to grasp control of the game in a 42-28 loss to Xavier at Palmer Field Friday night.


On the second play from scrimmage, Spartan junior running back Spencer Thomas sprinted for a 62-yard TD run called back by a personal foul on a very late flag.  Two drives later, Spartan wide receiver Ben Feola dropped a pass at the Xavier 15 yard line.  The ball was deflected and intercepted.

On the next Spartan drive, senior Nick Bottone dropped a pass at the Xavier 40 with nothing but open field in front of him.  After a 66-yard TD run by Falcon quarterback Joe Carbone, Amity quarterback David Ryan threw an interception to senior Nathan Gonzales after trying to recover an errant snap and avoiding tacklers.  Gonzales would score three plays later on a 28-yard TD catch.  On the very next play from scrimmage, Amity turned the ball over on a Bottone fumble.

Falcon senior running back Andrew Meoli promptly scampered for a 32 yard gain before scoring from 8 yards out, pushing the score to 23-0 with 7:23 left in the first half.  This quintet of miscues not only derailed excellent scoring chances but also gave the Falcons control of the contest.


The Spartans finally dented the scoreboard with 6:07 left to go in the half on a Ryan to Tyler Burns touchdown connection from 54 yards out.  Senior Lyle Luth’s extra point cut the lead to 22-7.


Xavier junior Cole Thorburn returned the ensuing Amity kickoff 44 yards to the Amity 46.  The Falcons then, as they did all night, ran a series of zone read plays.  Defending on the defense’s reaction, Carbone would either keep the ball or hand off to Meoli, the running back.  The Falcons ultimately scored on a 5 yard TD run by Carbone – his second — to increase the lead to 29-7 with 32 seconds left in the half.  Carbone ran 20 times for 137 yards while Meoli galloped for 207 yards on 29 rushes.


After the intermission, the Falcons increased their lead to 35-7 on a Meoli 4-yard TD run with 6:26 left in the third quarter.  Amity immediately answered on the next series, as Ryan found sophomore Kevin Nusdeo for a 60-yard TD strike.  Ryan went 12-25 for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions each.  Nusdeo hauled in two passes for 90 yards.


Amity scored again on a 66-yard interception return by Burns, his second “pick-6” in as many weeks.  With 11:36 left in the game, the Spartans trailed 35-21.  The Falcons answered 90 seconds later on a 56-yard Meoli TD – his third score – which all but put the game away.


Senior running back David Buono closed the scoring for the night on a 16-yard TD run with 4:28 left in the game.


Amity fell to 3-2 with the loss.  The Spartans play at Notre Dame West Haven next Friday at 7 PM.


The Thrash of the Titans

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Sep 212013

Football 9-20By Nick Mirto

Orange Live Sports Writer 

After coming out chucking the football on the opening night of the season, the Spartans took to the ground in Week 2. And the game plan worked, as Amity steamrolled Sheehan 48-13 last night at William E. Johnson Field to advance to 2-0.

“We said ‘let’s try to run the ball,” Head Coach Burt Mozealous said.  “We got our offensive line going. To do that you have to have a good running attack.”

The running attack wasn’t good. It was unstoppable. To wit, Amity rushed for 307 yards on 33 carries – that’s a whopping 9.3 yards per carry.  Senior David Buono was the bell cow, running for 118 yards on 21 carries and 5 touchdowns. Junior Spencer Thomas rushed 8 times for 130 yards, including a 66-yard TD scamper. Senior captain Joe Choiniere ran 4 times for 59 yards and a TD.

“They looked for the right holes,” Mozealous said. “They had some jitters in the first game.”

Amity dented the scoreboard with 5:04 to go in the first quarter on Buono’s one yard plunge.  After getting the ball back after one of many Titan three and outs, Thomas caught a 19-yard screen pass and then ran for 20 more before Buono hit pay dirt again with a 24-yard scamper. Just 1:53 into the game, the trash of the Titans was on.

“We want to win games early,” Mozealous said.  “The games get tougher down the road.”

Defensively, senior linebacker Ben Feola sacked Sheehan quarterback Justin Lange and pressured him relentlessly.  Defensive lineman Michael Butler, who added three sacks in the second half, including two on back-to-back plays, was a constant force.  Junior defensive back Tyler Burns and Senior Cory Ricks were both ball hawks, closing quickly on Lange passes.   Defensively, Amity held Sheehan to 35 total yards in a first half that ended with Amity leading 27-0.

“That was a really good team effort on defense,” Mozealous said.  “We attacked, attacked, attacked.  They completed 17 screen passes last game. We didn’t let that happen this time.”

Lange was just 3-8 for 13 yards in the first half.  Conversely, Senior quarterback David Ryan was efficient, going 4-4 for 50 yards in the first half dominated by the Spartans.  Before intermission, Amity ran 27 plays for 233 yards and 10 first downs and controlled the time of possession.

Down big, Lange was 6-12 for 120 yards in the second half, mostly in garbage time. The Titans added 77 yards on the ground. However, Amity sealed the one-sided contest on an electrifying 55-yard punt return from Burns with 4 minutes left in the third quarter which set up a 5 yard Buono TD run to make the game 41-6.  Buono added a 26-yard TD – his fifth – on a 26-yard spring with 10:45 left in the 4th quarter to cap the scoring.

Football: Sept. 11ths Key Players

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Sep 152013

Running Back David Buono comes in for the touchdown.

Running Back David Buono comes in for the touchdown.

As you know, the Amity Spartans won the Sept. 11 football home game against Seymour 24-21.

For the Spartans, the first quarter had them behind 7-0.

In the second quarter Amity got into the game with Lyle Luth (5) with a 31-yard field goal and quarterback David Ryan (19) with a touchdown followed by Luth’s kick.

In the third quarter, running back David Buono (32) scored after a 15-yard run and captain Joe Choiniere (10) made a 2-yard touchdown. Both of Luth’s kicks were good.

Seymour’s Joe Salemme was responsible for all (21) of the Wildcat’s points in the game.

The Spartans are gearing up for another home game on Friday, Sept. 20 against Shelton at 7 p.m.

Seymour  7   7   0  7  — 21

Amity  0 10 14  0 — 24

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