Basketball –The 5th-ranked Green Knights beat Fairfield Prep 62-43 on its annual Senior Night game on Valentine’s Day. Four of the five seniors got in the score column and as a group they tallied 42 points. Zach Laput led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow seniors Amadou Kamara added 10, Matt Consorte 7, and Marquise McDuffie 6. Brett Hutchison ran the show from the point guard spot well. Notre Dame had a busy week as they scored 78 points both Monday and Tuesday nights beating Bassick and East Haven. Notre Dame improved to 17-1 and travel to Cross and Xavier to conclude the regular season.
Hockey — It was a week of mixed emotions for the Notre Dame hockey team. They opened the week with a thrilling 2-0 win over West Haven in a very well-played game by both teams that can best be categorized as an instant classic. The winning goal came off the stick of West Haven native Connor Faughnan with just 1:21 left in the game. Notre Dame added an empty netter with four seconds left. The Green Knights couldn’t tide that momentum into Saturday’s game against Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits roughed up the Green Knights, 8-1. ND is 13-5 with Ridgefield and Darien left on the regular season schedule. Notre Dame will get a chance at redemption against the Jesuits in the SCC D1 championship game on Friday, March 6 at the Bennett Rink.
Indoor Track — Jared Russo won the 55-meter hurdles, while Max Bothwell won the pole vault to help the Notre Dame indoor track team to a fourth-place finish at the CIAC Class L Championship Meet. Russo crossed the finish line in 7.89. Bothwell cleared 12-6 to win the pole vault event. The 4×200 relay team ran fourth. All three will compete in the CIAC State Open Meet this Saturday at the NH Athletic Center.
Swimming — The quartet of senior divers stole the show in the Green Knights Senior Day swim meet against Amity. The Spartans would emerge victorious 93-79. The Green Knights would win three events, led by the diving quartet of Michael Iasalvatore, Dylan Schwartz, Chase Socquet, and Hunter Stenquist. Iasalvatore would capture first place scoring 156 points for his six dives. Stenquist totaled 154 points, Schwartz 141 points, and Socquet 83 points. Alex Ozonoff would capture his signature event, the 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 5:21.60. Sean McDermott won his best event, the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:07.70. Notre Dame has one regular season meet left against Xavier before heading into the postseason.
Wrestling — Jackson Paulishen became the second Notre Dame wrestler to claim an SCC championship by winning the 220-pound division. Add in a third-place showing by Alex Barbour and it was a solid showing by the Green Knights, who are only in their fourth year of a varsity program. Paulishen had a first round bye, then won his next two matches by pin to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Paulishen beat East Haven’s Gunner Horton 8-0. Barbour lost early in the competition in the 182-pound division. He then rallied to win three matches, two by pin, then an 11-4 decision to reach the consolation finals. He then won that match in OT to place third in what was a busy day of wrestling for him. The team finished 11th overall and will compete in the Class M Championship Meet this weekend!
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