The West Haven boys lacrosse team was hoping to secure a postseason berth when the Shelton Gaels paid a visit to Ken Strong Stadium on Wednesday. The Gaels had other ideas and put this game out of reach when they took an 8-0 lead at halftime on their way to an 11-3 defeat of the Westies. Niko Kyle, Joe Consorte and Dylan Salvatore all scored second half goals while Kevin Moriarty made nine saves in goal for West Haven.
On Friday evening, the Blue Devils hosted the Wilbur Cross Governors and after taking a 7-6 lead heading into halftime, the boys made sure they would be playing after the regular season, outscoring the Governors 5-1 in the second half for a 12-7 victory.
This week, the Westies played at Jonathan Law on Monday, hosted Lyman Hall on Wednesday and travel to Hamden on Friday at 7.
The girls lacrosse team found itself down 2-0 after the first 37 seconds on Monday evening when the Hamden Green Dragons visited Ken Strong Stadium but, the Westies battled back to even the game at 6-6 by halftime and a dominant second half gave the Blue Devils a 14-10 victory. Gabi Prisco netted five goals while Mary McDaniel added four goals to power the Westie offense. West Haven also got goals from Annalise Depino, Amani Cayo, Celina Condon, Keegan Riccio and Lexi Burzynski. Madisyn Crotta made four saves in goal for the Westies.
On Thursday evening, the Westies did battle with the Sheehan Titans at Ken Strong Stadium. When the Titans scored with 0.1 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 4-4, everyone in attendance knew this one would go down to the wire. The Blue Devils then found themselves down by three in the waning moments and a late rally fell just short in a 9-8 loss. Gabi Prisco and Mary McDaniel each recorded hat tricks while Madisyn Crotta scored the other two goals for West Haven. Annalise Depino had two assists and Keegan Riccio and Prisco both picked up a helper in a losing effort. Nicole Gaston recorded nine saves in her return to the crease.
The girls need three wins in their final five games to qualify for postseason play. This week, they played at North Haven on Monday, at Shelton on Tuesday, host Foran for Senior Night on Friday at 7, play at Amity on Saturday at 10:30 and the conclude their season on Monday at Foran at 6.
The softball team coming into Monday’s contest with the Hand Tigers was riding a four-game winning streak but that came to an end when the Westies were held scoreless with only four hits in a 5-0 loss at Biondi Field. Ivy Santos pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits and two earned runs but was hurt by walks and four defensive miscues. Santos also had two of West Haven’s four hits. Makenna White had a double and Sadie Roberts picked up the other hit.
On Wednesday evening the Blue Devils hosted the North Haven Indians, who were riding a 13-game winning streak coming into the game. Ivy Santos pitched a complete game 1-0 shutout to get the victory. The Westies got their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Kailey Carrano led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch to put her in scoring position. West Haven had Cassandra Thibodeau pinch run for Carrano and then with two outs Sadie Roberts laced in base hit to left to bring the speedy Thibodeau home for the 1-0 lead. Santos made that stand up going the distance, allowing only two hits while striking out seven.
On Friday night, the Westies hosted the East Haven Yellow Jackets at Biondi Field and the Easties’ pitching kept the Westies off the scoreboard, allowing only four hits in a 4-0 shutout. Veronica Lynn got three of the four hits while Ivy Santos picked up the other hit and pitched a complete game allowing four earned runs on nine hits and striking out 11 Yellow Jackets.
This week, the Westies hosted Branford on Monday and Sacred Heart Academy in a make-up game on Tuesday, will host Hillhouse on Thursday at 6, and the travel to Morgan on Friday for a 3:45 contest with the Huskies to wrap up their regular season.
The baseball team needed one win to qualify for the CIAC tournament going into last week. Unfortunately for the Westies they will have to wait until this week. After falling to Notre Dame of West Haven, 4-1, on Monday night at Piurek Field, the Westies were no-hit, 6-0, on Wednesday by the Cheshire Rams. Ty Reeves started on the mound and took the loss. Pete Richetelli pitched the sixth inning in relief.
On Friday afternoon, the Blue Devils headed to Wallingford with another opportunity to clinch the postseason spot against the Lyman Hall Trojans. The Westies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning when Dom Cambino reached on an error, Tim McCarthy singled, Sean Jefferson grounded out to the right side to advance both runners into scoring position and then Ty Reeves reached on an error to score Cambino and John Cambino singled to plate McCarthy and Reeves. The boys would tack on another run to make it 4-0 in the second when McCarthy single to score Mario Kiaunis.
That would be all the offense the Westies could muster though and the Trojans were able to chip away at the lead with two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and one more in the sixth the grab a 6-4 victory. Mike Kallander pitched the first, four innings giving away to Sean Jefferson in the fifth inning.
The boys will conclude their regular season with a busy week. On Monday, the Westies visited Hamden, they hosted Platt Tech on Tuesday, headed to Madison to face Hand on Wednesday and then visit Career on Friday at East Shore Athletic Complex at 4 and will try to get in the three-time postponed contest at Branford on Saturday at 4.
The boys tennis team started its tough week by being swept by the Hand Tigers, 7-0, on Monday afternoon in Madison. The Westies then had to face the Amity Spartans and could only manage one victory in a 6-1 loss on Wednesday afternoon at the Painter Park Courts. Joseph Delgado was victorious, 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in the second-seeded match for the only win.
On Thursday, the boys suffered a similar result against the Jesuits of Fairfield Prep when they were swept 7-0. James Delgado was engaged in a classic battle before falling, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the top-seeded match.
The Westies closed out their week with a 5-2 loss to the Guilford Indians on Friday afternoon at Painter Park. Joseph Delgado defeated his opponent, 6-4, 6-4 and Oreo Olowe was victorious, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in singles action.
This week, the boys close out their regular season with matches against Notre Dame of West Haven on Monday and at Hamden on Wednesday and then will prepare for postseason play.
The girls tennis team opened its week with a 4-3 loss at Jonathan Law on Monday afternoon. The Westies got wins in singles from Paige Sheridan, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) and Skylar Serenson, 6-2, 6-2 and in doubles play from Rua Osman/Fatima Al Rashed, 8-5.
On Wednesday afternoon, the girls hosted the Shelton Gaels at the WHHS Courts and were defeated, 5-2. The Blue Devils got both of their victories in singles play from Evelyn Fabian, 6-3, 7-5 and Hannah Allan, 6-3, 6-0. The Westies did end the week on a high note when they defeated the Career Panthers, 6-1.
The Blue Devils conclude their season this week with three, home matches against Platt Tech on Tuesday, Lyman Hall on Wednesday and Foran on Thursday at 3:45.
The girls track team traveled to Hamden on Monday afternoon and dropped its meet to Sacred Heart Academy, 100-45. Charnae Epps won the 200m, Natalia Frazier took the Long Jump and both were on the victorious 4 x 100 relay team with Latyana March and Alana Gambardella.
The boys track team finished its regular season with a 90-58 loss to Notre Dame of West Haven. The Blue Devils did pick up eight victories in the loss. The 4 x 800 relay team of Sebastian Villanueva, Michael Stradowski, Kevin Colon and Willie Colon was victorious along with the 4 x 100 relay team of Maia Wanderson, Abdul Aremu, Talon Butler and Tamarko Oakes. In individual events Kevin Colon won the 110 hurdles, Aremu took the 100, Willie Colon won the 300 hurdles, Oakes was victorious in the high jump and Aaron Vaughn took the shot put and the discus.