The West Haven boys’ lacrosse team opened its week with an 8-5 victory over the Notre Dame of Fairfield Lancers in a rainy Ken Strong Stadium on Monday evening. The Blue Devils were slow out of the gate, allowing the Lancers to take a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Westies finally got on the board at 9:12 of the second quarter on a goal by Connor Fowler and then Fowler again seven minutes later to tie the game at 2-2. The Lancers responded 30 seconds later to take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
Notre Dame opened the scoring in the second half, taking a 4-2 just 4:47 in, before the Westies were able to mount some offense reeling off the next, six goals. Niko Kyle scored with 5:24 left in the third quarter, Justin Rivera tied the game with 1:50 left in the quarter and then Rich Wadeka gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the night with 48.8 seconds left in the third quarter.
The boys continued to put on the pressure and Connor Fowler notched his third goal of the game just ten seconds into the final quarter to make it 6-4. Tyler Moscato scored 44 seconds later and then Justin Rivera found the back of the net with 6:24 remaining to increase the lead to 8-4. The Lancers were able to get one back with 4:51 left but Kevin Moriarty, who made 22 saves between the pipes, preserved the victory.
On Wednesday evening, the boys traveled to Milford to take on the Foran Lions. The Blue Devils led 3-2 at halftime and then outscored the Lions 4-0 in the second half for the 7-2 victory. After Foran took a 1-0 lead at 7:52 of the first quarter, the Westies responded 51 seconds later on a goal by Justin Rivera set up by Niko Kyle. Foran grabbed a 2-1 lead with 5:22 left in the quarter but then it was all Blue Devils, who scored six, unanswered goals. Rich Wadeka scored eight seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. In the second quarter, Niko Kyle gave the Westies a 3-2 lead with 1:27 left in the half assisted by Rivera.
In the second half, it was more West Haven. Nick Zaino increased the lead to 4-2 with 1:17 left in the third quarter and then Connor Fowler scored with 20 seconds left to make it 5-2, with Wadeka picking up assists on both goals. Kyle made it 6-2, assisted by Wadeka 36 seconds into the fourth quarter and then Wadeka set up Rivera for his second goal to cap the scoring with 7:10 left in the game. Kevin Moriarty made 46 saves in between the pipes for the Westies.
On Saturday morning, the Blue Devils jumped all over the Windsor Warriors at Ken Strong Stadium, scoring seven goals in the first quarter on their way to a 10-0 victory to improve their record to 7-2 on the season. Tyler Moscato got things going with a goal just 32 seconds into the game and then Connor Fowler scored goals at 10:13, 8:49 and 8:10 to give the boys a 4-0 lead. Shane Taulty scored 38 seconds later to increase the lead to 5-0 and then Andrew Newkirk made it 6-0 58 seconds later. Taulty tallied again with 2:54 left in the first quarter for the 7-0 lead.
The Blue Devils played keep away for the rest of the way and tacked on three, additional goals. Tyler Moscato made it 8-0 with 6:32 left in the quarter and Nick Zaino scored with 2:42 left in the half to increase the lead to 9-0. Terell Williams scored with 40.6 seconds left in the third quarter for the 10-0 final. Kevin Moriarty made two saves before being replaced by Anthony Campagnuolo with 1:55 left in the half and he went on to make two, additional saves to preserve the shutout victory.
This week, the boys entertained the Wilbur Cross Governors on Monday, traveled to Milford again on Wednesday and faced the Jonathan Law Eagles before finishing the week on Saturday with a trip to Watertown for a game with the Indians at 6:45.
The softball team traveled to Shelton on Tuesday afternoon looking to extend its undefeated season to ten games. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the girls battled back to defeat the Gaels, 11-4. Kailey Carrano went 4 for 5, including her 100th hit of her career. In the third inning, down 2-0 the Westies rallied when Morgan Peryer singled, Ashlynn O’Keefe reached on an error and Lynn reached on an error to score Peryer. Carrano doubled to center to score O’Keefe and Lynn for a 3-2 lead. The Blue Devils picked up another run in the fourth when Paige Beurer scored on a Peryer single. In the fifth inning, Carrano picked up her 100th hit and came around to score on a Kasey Marron single to take a 5-2 lead. The Westies put the game away, putting up three runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the 11-4 win. Peryer finished with four hits and two RBIs, Veronica Lynn had two hits and three runs scored while Ivy Santos went the distance again in the circle to pick up her 10th win and helped herself with two hits and a RBI.
On Wednesday evening, the girls hosted the Hamden Green Dragons at Frank Biondi Field. The Westies scored two in the first inning when Morgan Peryer singled and after a steal of second and a passed ball, scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashlynn O’Keefe. Veronica Lynn then walked and scored on a double by Kailey Carrano. The girls increased the lead to 3-0 in the second when O’Keefe singled and scored on a double by Lynn. In a huge play in the top of the third, Hamden had runners at first and third with one out and the Westies were able to turn a beautiful double-play from Paige Beurer to Lynn and on to Kasey Marron to end the inning and keep the Dragons off the board.
The Blue Devils picked up two, more runs in the fifth inning. Carrano doubled off the top of the wall in center and scored on a single by Marron, who then came around to score on a single by Paige Beurer. After Hamden was able to score in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-1, The Westies left the Green Dragons on the field, scoring eight runs to get a mercy-rule ended 13-1 victory. O’Keefe walked and scored on Carrano’s line drive home run to left to make it 7-1. Ivy Santos then walked, Marron singled, Beurer singled to score Santos, Gigi Perkins singled, Peryer tripled, O’Keefe reached on an error and Carrano doubled to left to leave the Dragons on the field. Santos pitched a complete game allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out nine Dragons to help the Westies improve to 11-0.
This week, the girls hosted Jonathan Law on Monday, host the Shelton Gaels on Thursday at 7 and finish the week with a trip to Madison on Saturday to face the Hand Tigers at noon.
The girls’ lacrosse team battled with the Amity Spartans on Tuesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium. Keegan Riccio gave the Westies an early 1-0 lead with a goal just 1:21 into the contest but the Spartans had an answer 2:03 later to knot the game 1-1. Amity scored again to take a 2-1 lead with 5:42 left in the half.
In the second half, the Spartans appeared to take a 3-1 lead just 3:18 in but the goal was taken away due to an illegal stick. In a huge momentum swing, the Blue Devils struck eight seconds later on a goal by Keegan Riccio, her second of the game to tie the game 2-2. Unfortunately for the Westies, momentum was reversed as the Spartans scored the next, six goals to take an 8-2 lead with 5:08 remaining in the game. Angela Borelli was able to get one back for the Blue Devils with 1:30 left for the 8-3 final. Nicole Gaston finished with 16 saves in goal for West Haven.
The girls traveled to Wallingford on Thursday afternoon to take on the Lyman Hall Trojans. The Blue Devils took an early 1-0 lead when CC Condon scored with 18:35 left in the first half. The Trojans responded with a goal to tie the game 2:21 later and then took a 2-1 lead with 29.4 seconds left in the half. Lyman Hall scored three, more times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 5-1 lead. Olyvia O’Mara scored for West Haven with 2:05 left in the game to cut the lead to 5-2 but the Trojans responded 23 seconds later to make it 6-2 before Taylor Nowak scored with 1:12 left for the 6-3 final. Nicole Gaston made 12 saves in the net for the Westies.
This week, the girls went to Hamden on Monday and face the Trumbull Eagles in Ken Strong Stadium on Thursday at 6:30.
The baseball team took on the Shelton Gaels on Tuesday afternoon at Piurek Field. J.C. Contreras allowed only three runs on five hits but, the Westie bats were silenced as Shelton sophomore Anthony Steele tossed a no-hitter in the 3-0 defeat of the Blue Devils.
On Wednesday, the Westies hosted the Bassick Lions and pounded out 23 hits to crush the Lions 20-0 in a mercy-rule shortened 5-inning victory. Lorenzo Espinal and Kaden Morgillo combined to throw a shutout against Bassick, allowing only one hit. The Blue Devils scored eight runs in the first inning, five more in the second and another seven runs in the third to pull away from the Lions.
On Thursday evening, the Westies traveled to Palmer Field in Middletown and lost to the Xavier Falcons, 7-4. This week, the boys hosted the Hand Tigers on Monday, traveled to Hamden on Wednesday to battle the Green Dragons and finish the week with a double header against the Career Panthers at Piurek Field on Friday at 4 and 7.
The boys’ tennis team suffered a 7-0 defeat on Tuesday afternoon at Amity. The doubles pairing of Jason Ramirez and Lucien Zheng put up a good match before falling, 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Westies battled with the Jonathan Law Eagles in Milford and came up just short, 4-3. Joseph Delgado won, 6-0, 6-1 in singles action while Nash Noble/Riyad Al-Bakri won, 7-5, 6-3, and Jason Ramirez/Lucien Zheng won, 7-5, 6-4 in doubles play.
This week, the boys hosted Notre Dame of West Haven on Monday, visited Xavier on Tuesday, play at Wilbur Cross on Thursday at 3:45 and finish the week hosting the Fairfield Prep Jesuits on Friday at 3:45.
The girls’ tennis team lost 5-2 to the Shelton Gaels on Tuesday afternoon at the Painter Park Courts. Skylar Serenson won, 6-1, 6-1 and Kiara Walker won, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 in singles action for the Blue Devil wins.
On Wednesday afternoon, the girls bounced back with a 6-1 victory over the Career Panthers. In singles play, Sophia Lora won, 6-0, 6-0, Skylar Serenson won, 6-0, 6-0, Kiara Walker won, 6-0, 6-1 and Savannah Lopez won, 6-1, 6-1. In doubles, Shea Clarke/Arianna Nguyen were victorious, 6-0, 6-0 and Megan Mendoza/Kaitlyn Campos won, 6-4, 6-3.
On Thursday afternoon at the Painter Park Courts, the Blue Devils defeated the Platt Tech Panthers 6-1. This week, the girls visited Platt Tech on Monday, went to Wallingford on Tuesday to take on the Sheehan Titans and end the week with a trip to Hamden to face the Green Dragons on Friday at 3:45.