The Notre Dame spring sports teams continued their winning ways with three of the five teams having a winning week while baseball split its two games. Highlighting the week was track and golf sweeping their competitions while lacrosse won two of their three games.
Baseball — The baseball team scored in every inning but the first en route to their 10-4 win over East Haven at Quigley Stadium on April 25to salvage a 1-1 week. Tanner Belcher had three hits, one RBI and a run scored while Noah Ferrucci added a pair of hits and RBIs to pace a 12-hit attack. The 10-run support benefited Ryan Sullivan who pitched six strong innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out four. The Green Knights stumbled to start the week losing a 4-3 game to Southington when the Blue Knights got a two-out RBI single from Andrew Paradis in the top of the seventh inning. Mariano had three hits, including his RBI triple, while driving in one and scoring a run for Notre Dame. Eddie Zanor, Jason Ostrowski, and Belcher all added hits for the Green Knights, who had eight hits for the game. Notre Dame, which qualified for the state tournament with the win over East Haven, was 8-2 entering this week’s slate of games.
Golf — Jake Ivan-Pal was meandering through his round with a few more bogeys that he would like. That all changed with three birdies over the final four holes to record a score of 37 to lead Notre Dame to an 11-stroke win over Hamden on April 23, 2018. Notre Dame, which had just lost to Hamden by three shots last Thursday, shot a team score of 157. Hamden fired a 168. Notre Dame added scores of 38 from Tommy Rosati and Jon Bushka. The Green Knights ended the week undefeated with a convincing win over Amity. Tommy Rosati fired an even-par 35 to lead Notre Dame to a 156-181 victory. Notre Dame’s other counting scores included: Jake Ivan-Pal with a 37 while Jon Bushka and both shot 42. The Green Knights are 7-1 (3-0) heading into an important week with matches against Fairfield Prep and Hamden.
Lacrosse — The lacrosse team ended the week with a pair of impressive road wins. The Green Knights scored nine of the final 11 goals to pull away from a 4-4 tie to a 13-6 win at Joel Barlow on Saturday, April 27. This was on the heels of a 9-7 win at Cheshire on April 24. Zachary Hochman paved the way with five goals against Barlow while Alex Hird recorded a hat trick against Cheshire. The Green Knights lone loss was a close 12-10 loss to Guilford on April 22 where Hochman also had five goals. Notre Dame ended the week with a 6-4 mark and needed one more win to qualify for the CIAC Class M state tournament.
Tennis — The tennis team went 1-2 on the week with the win coming over Career on April 24. That win sandwiched defeats to Guilford and Amity. Against Career, the Green Knights singles players dropped only five games in registering their wins. Oliver Shannon, Hunter Stenquist, and Matt Wickliffe registered those wins. In doubles action, Eric Hardy and Sai Vipparia and Alex Cruz and Connor Perry registered wins. Brendan Canning shined for the Green Knights in their two losses. He recorded a singles win over Guilford and teamed with Pranov Kuraganti in a doubles win over Amity.
Track — The track team continued its winning ways sweeping Branford and East Haven in an SCC dual-meet on April 24. The Green Knights won 12 of the 18 events in comfortable wins over both teams. Notre Dame beat East Haven 122-28 and Branford 100-50. Warren Murphy ‘19 and Carlos Aurora were multiple winners. Murphy won the 200 and 400 meters and was on the 4×400 relay winning team. Aurora won the 100 meters and ran the opening leg of the winning 54×100 relay event. The Green Knights then earned seven medals at the Bristol Invitational on April 27, 2019. Murphy won the 400-meter event again while the 4×100 relay team placed second. Jason Sawicki added a third-place finish in the high jump. The track team is 6-1 entering the week.
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