The football team got their first win of the season, cross country swept their lone meet and the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame is now less than two weeks away as the third full week of the fall sports season was a successful one in Green Knight Nation.
Cross-Country — For the second time in nine days, the Notre Dame cross country team swept a quad-meet. This time, the Green Knights beat host Foran as well as Hillhouse and West Haven. Notre Dame placed six runners among the top seven finishers to post the three wins. West Haven’s Sebastian Villanueva finished first in a time of 18:21.
The Green Knights, who improved to 6-1 with the three wins, then had the next six runners cross the finish line. Ohm Patel ran second overall and was the top Green Knight runner for the third time this season. He ran in a time of 18:31. The next four counting runners for the Green Knights were Oliver Shannon, Gabriel Quinn, Devin Rodriguez, and Kevin Sevigny.
“I am very impressed with our 6-1 start to the season,” said head coach Rich Andreozzi. “I am equally thrilled with our effort in this meet. With Jacob (Carson) not 100% and Owen (Grantz) out sick, we had guys like Gabe (Quinn), Devin (Rodriguez), and Kevin (Sevigny) all had to move up a spot and they took care of business.”
Football — The Notre Dame football team scored four times in the second quarter to take a 25-7 halftime lead en route to its 39-14 win over Platt in the home opener at Veterans Field on Friday, Sept. 27. Jackson Zalinsky accounted for five touchdowns, two rushing and three via the air to lead the Green Knights offensive attack. Zalinsky scored on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs, then connected twice with Tommy Candelora and once with Robbie Oliverio.
The Green Knights struck first, watched Platt tie the game, then exploded for three scores over the final 3:15 of the second quarter to seize control of the contest. Gianni Liguori added the final score on a 25-yard scamper to make the score 39-7 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
“I am proud of the guys,” said Notre Dame head coach Joe DeCaprio. “They didn’t get down after the first two weeks and had a great week of practice and it showed in their effort tonight.” Notre Dame returns to Veterans hosting Amity in a SCC Tier 1 contest on Friday, Oct. 4.
Soccer — The Notre Dame soccer team played well in a pair of losses to quality SCC foes last week. They led Amity for over 65 minutes in their game on Sept. 24. The Spartans scored twice over the final 11 minutes in their come-from-behind 2-1 win.
Nicholas Vitti scored in the fifth minute of the game for Notre Dame. Against Cross on Saturday, the Governors jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Vitti and Thomas Ellis notched goals to even the contest. However, Cross added a pair of goals in their 4-2 win. Notre Dame played Sheehan on Tuesday and East Haven on Wednesday before taking on Career in a three-game in four day span this week.
Hall of Fame –The countdown has begun to Notre Dame’s first Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 5. The inaugural group of inductees includes a Who’s Who of Notre Dame Athletics from a coaching and player standpoint. The coaches include: Joe Tonelli ‘62, Tom Marcucci ‘66, Jim Guercia, Gary Palladino, and Bill Parkinson. The athletes include: Ray Ciarleglio ‘59, Greg Lawler ‘65, Jim Davins ‘82, and Tarek Saleh ‘93. The 1954 and 1962 state champion football teams will also be honored. In addition, John Janenda, Richard Lawler, Sr., Nick Pietrosante ‘55, Ed Schreck ‘63, and Ray Tellier will be honored posthumously. Please visit http://www.notredamehs.com/HallofFame2019 for more information and to register for the event. The cost is $65 per person.
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