Boys Hockey: Amity’s Season Ends With 2-1 Loss to Newtown

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Mar 072013

IMG_0287The Amity Spartans Hockey Team has played amazingly well all season long, so much so that it was the top seed going into the CIAC Division II state tournament.

The Spartans entered the rink at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Tuesday night for the opening round of the tourney against No. 17 Newtown with all the confidence and drive as ever.

After 10 minutes of intense play in the first period Amity’s Dane Simone scored the first goal of the game assisted by Keating Seymour and Adam Shea.

The Spartans held their 1-0 lead throughout the second period, that is, until the very last moment when Newtown’s Evan Isaacs scored with less than one second left in the period.

With the second round of the tournament on the line, both teams entered the ice in the third period with playing their A game on their minds. But it was Newtown’s Hayden Savoia who picked up a rebound and shot one in past goalie Nick Nuzzolo at 3:34, besting the Spartans 2-1 and holding that lead in spite of Amity’s best efforts.

In the last few seconds of the game it seemed as though Amity had tied things up with a second goal … but it didn’t count. The clock ran out, Amity’s season was over and Newtown advanced to the second round.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren was understandably “down” after the game. “I’m just in disbelief. I thought we had a lot of control, we just couldn’t get another goal we needed in this game,” he said. “The kids played hard – there were a couple of breaks that Newtown took advantage of, I give them credit they fought hard. We outshot them 30-15,  I thought we had a lot of good chances, just had a hard time scoring.”

Of the state tournament, he said, “It’s unfortunate to end this way, we had high hopes of getting on a roll and at least getting to Yale and making it exciting for the boys. I’m very proud of them.”

Amity had a 31-17 shot advantage.

Newtown goaltender Patrick Mcloughlin made 30 saves, Amity’s Nick Nuzzolo finished with 15 saves.

Amity finished the season 13-8; Newtown is 12-10 and is scheduled to play the second round on Friday.

Boys Soccer: A Great Season Ends with Quarter Final Loss

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Nov 172012


a file photo from the 2012 season


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Despite outshooting Greenwich 15-10, the Amity boys soccer team was defeated by the Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday afternoon in Woodbridge. With the loss to the 7th-ranked Cardinals in the quarter-finals of the CIAC Class LL state tournament, the Spartans end their season with a 16-3-2 record.

In a recent “Facebook” comment, Coach Mike Marchitto said, “This is the greatest group of boys I ever had. I will miss them. I’m so proud how they came together, played the game beautifully, and became the best team Amity ever had.”

The Cardinals’ Pieter Zenner broke up the scoreless standoff when he scored the game’s first goal with 36 minutes, 10 seconds gone in the first half.

According to Marchitto, “Their guy (Zenner) beat Griffin  (Volta, the Amity goalie) one-on-one. It was a good goal.”

 Zenner added a second goal at 64:08 as he moved across the crease from the left and tucked the ball just inside the far post. Mateo Gowland added a third insurance score at 67:17. Ian O’Brien-Cannon spoiled the shutout bid of Greenwich goalie Emmett Clarke when he headed in Jeremy Conn’s corner kick at 71:30.

Marchitto added, “Greenwich beat us but they aren’t better than us. We outshot them, out possessed them, and outplayed them. The only thing we didn’t do was outscore them. We did everything we had to do except put the ball into the net. We made three defensive mistakes and each one cost us. Offensively, we hit the (goal) post three times. On top of all that, their goalie (Clarke) made a save he’ll never make again for the rest of his life.We took a shot that was headed for the upper left corner of the net, but he laid out horizontally threw his hand up and flicked the ball away. It was an unbelievable save and he made another good save later in the game. Everyone knows we played well. The effort was there but we just didn’t score on the opportunities we had. I’d say we controlled the ball for 60 of the match’s 80 minutes.”

The loss to Greenwich is the final game that 10 seniors will play for Amity. Among the seniors who depart are the team’s top scorers, Joe Guerra and O’Brian-Cannon. On the other hand, Dean Schwartz, Conn, Volta, and Justyn Broderick are among the underclassmen that will return in 2013.

“We will reload—not rebuild,” said Marchitto. “We have a great young sophomore class along with a good mix of returning juniors. They all saw a lot of action this year. I think we’ll have another great team next year.”