The Notre Dame of West Haven football team went on the road looking for its first win of the season. Unfortunately, a late comeback effort fell short as the Green Knights fell to Fitch 27-20 last Friday.
Trailing 27-14 following a Tyler Nelly 7-yard touchdown run with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame put on a valiant effort to force overtime. Needing a score, a stop, and another score was a daunting task but that’s almost what happened.
On the first play from scrimmage following Nelly’s touchdown, Chris Elias connected with Zachary Hochman on a 55-yard scoring strike to pull the Green Knights within 27-20. ND’s defense forced a punt but on its first play from scrimmage, Elias was intercepted thwarting any comeback attempt.
Isaiah Kane scored a highlight reel 90-yard run and Justin Shanley caught a touchdown pass from Elias to account for the Green Knights other two scores.
Notre Dame, which never led and lost the time of possession battle by almost 17 minutes, return to action playing city rical West Haven in a 7 pm kickoff at Ken Strong Stadium on Friday night.
Soccer ties Hamden; Drops 1-0 Decision to Cheshire
The Notre Dame soccer team went on the road to face tough SCC opponents in Cheshire and Hamden this past week. Playing 160 minutes of rugged soccer, Notre Dame tied Hamden this past Monday night while Cheshire scored in the first five minutes of the Rams 1-0 win last Friday.
Robbie Ludwig scored to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead with 27 minutes left in Monday’s game with Hamden. However, Michael Lanouette II tied it for Hamden 10 minutes later on a header off a free kick following a penalty called against Notre Dame just outside of the box.
Against Cheshire last Friday, Notre Dame outshot the Rams and had the better of the second-half scoring chances, but Francis Fritz early goal was the difference in Cheshire’s 1-0 win.
Notre Dame, now 1-1-2 on the young season, played Guilford Wednesday and travels to Cross for a Friday afternoon game to conclude a tough three-game week.
Thomas Minar top runner in first dual meet
Thomas Minar was Notre Dame’s top runner finishing 15th overall at the first varsity cross country dual meet in Cheshire on Tuesday, September 12. However, the Green Knights finished behind Xavier, Cheshire, and Lyman Hall when all the results were tabulated.
Minar finished the 5K distance in a time of 18:35. Minar was followed by Rory O’Connor, who placed 30th overall, and Oliver Shannon, who ran 35th overall. There were 110 total runners in the race.
Xavier won the race, sweeping all three teams, while the overall winner was Brian Murray from Cheshire. The Rams finished second and Lyman Hall ran third from a team standpoint.
Notre Dame returned to racing when they hosted their lone meet of the season. The Green Knights ran against Branford, East Haven, and Fairfield Prep on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Results will be in next week’s Notre Dame recap.