It’s the middle of May (already), and you do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the league playoffs have begun. Girls varsity lacrosse team has posted an impressive regular season record of 8-6. This included a 6 game win streak in the middle of the season, where they beat crosstown rival Hopkins and powerhouse Suffield Academy. The team earned the #4 seed in the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament and on Monday hosted a quarterfinal contest for the first time in quite awhile. The Hornets defeated #5 seed St. Luke’s 16-10, despite the inclement weather that the Storm brought with them. The team next faces off against #1 seed Sacred Heart of Greenwich on Wednesday.
Baseball earned a #2 seed in the FAA tournament and is riding high after finishing the regular season on an up note with two solid wins last week. On Monday, the Hornets stung the Vikings from King School 12-2. Senior ace, Ryan Doherty, improved his record to 5-3 on the season. Eight runs in the bottom of the 5th inning was enough to invoke the “mercy rule”. Doherty helped his own cause with a triple, while his battery mate, catcher Dennis Gamester, struck for two doubles. Jamie Walker and Mike Coggins registered hits and Justin Lucibello knocked in two RBIs. On Thursday, the torrid combination of dominant pitching and timely hitting continued when the Hornets quelled the Storm of St. Luke’s 6-0 in New Canaan. Hard throwing sophomore Danny Carbone went the distance and limited Luke’s to only 2 hits while striking out 8 to improve his pitching record to 3-1. Three baggers was the daily special on the menu as Cam Maldonato, CJ Kuselias, and Carbone each hit triples. Joe Liucci combined with CJ Kuselias for 2 RBIs apiece. The Hornets plated runs in five of the seven innings played.
With the wins, the Hornets finished in second place in the league and will host the winner of the Brunswick vs. Greens Farms on Wednesday at 4:30. The team is also fairly certain of earning a spot in the New England tournament next week.
Congratulations to the Boys Lax team in repeating as FAA regular season champs. The Hornets finished tied with Rye Country Day, but earned the #1 seed in the upcoming tournament because of their 15-11 head-to-head win over the Wildcats last week. The team also cruised past St. Luke’s 16-6 to close out the regular season. The Hornets have been strong at both ends of the field. Alex DiVincentis and Jeff Nugent lead the balanced attack with support from the likes of Zach Giugno, Chili Lilly, Kai Bruneau, and Sam Tomak. Sam Jewett is a rock in goal, supported by Jared Morrissey, Paul Gregory, Aiden Hebert, and Konye Taylor. Senior Jackson LaLonde is the faceoff specialist, and even though midfield standout LJ Pezzolesi sustained a season ending knee injury, others like Liam Kohler and Connor Massey have stepped up to fill the void.The team enjoys a first round bye and will host the winner of King vs. Hopkins on Wednesday afternoon.
So it’s pretty elementary, my dear Watson; come on out to cheer on the Hornets !!!