While the calendar still read March, the Notre Dame spring sports season got underway last Saturday despite weather that has been far from springlike.
The baseball and lacrosse teams both took to the road and came away with hard-fought wins.
Baseball — Two tradition rich baseball programs met in the season opener and it was Notre Dame that pounded out nine hits and rode the excellent pitching of Michael Sansone to a 5-2 win over Southington in the season opener for both teams. It might have been a tad chilly at first pitch at noon but the Notre Dame bats were hot to start the season scoring five runs in the first two innings. Max Mariano had three RBI’s, Michael Torniero had three hits while Sansone scattered six hits while striking out five to get the win. James Salemme pitched a perfect seventh inning to record the save,
Lacrosse — Meanwhile, the lacrosse team headed to Norwalk to play FCIAC foe Brien McMahon. The Green Knights used a hot start and four goals from senior transfer Cam Ellis to jump out to a 9-3 halftime lead en route to its eventual 12-11 win. The Green Knights scored the first three goals of the second-half then held off a furious McMahon rally for its one-goal win. To add to the situation, Notre Dame was whistled for a penalty giving McMahon a man-up situation for the game’s final 45 seconds. However, the Green Knights defense held strong to emerge with the win. Nick D’Angelo and Zachary Hochman tallied two goals each while Max Arnold and Connor Smith combined for 13 saves in goal.
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