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SPORTS: New Era Begins For Law Football Team

MM-SPTS-Law-FB-18By Emily LaLuna – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law football team opened up its fall season last week with a bright outlook.

The team’s new motto is “Why Wait?” meaning the Lawmen plan on getting better everyday.

“You can get better today,” senior captain Giovanni Marzullo said. “Don’t put off what can be done today until tomorrow.”

This off-season brought a lot of changes to the football program, headlined by a change in coaches. Mr. Robinson stepped aside after 13 years and was replaced by former Bassick head coach Derrick Lewis.

The Lawmen began the 2014 season last Wednesday with a loss at home against Harding. The team plans on redeeming themselves at Friday’s home game against Wilbur Cross.

“This year I’m looking forward to finally getting some wins in,” senior captain Sean Rice said.

The goal of the season is to get at least eight wins, getting these wins would put them in the state playoffs.

“It would be great to achieve that during my senior year,” senior Timothy Edson said.

Members of the team had high praise for Lewis, who they believe has made a big impact in a short period of time.

“He understands all aspects of the game,” Edson said. “Having a coach with as much experience as he does makes it that much better.”

To achieve the winning record they want to end the season with, the Lawmen know they will have to overcome many obstacles, including a tough SCC schedule to start the season.

“We need to work to work on communication the most,” Marzullo said. “We also don’t want to play down to teams when we could play to our full potential.”

Most teams have a few key players but the Lawmen believe that this year’s team is different. They plan on utilizing every player they have on the roster, making the team more universal for substitutions.

The young Lawmen will be led by a small group of seniors, and they will rely heavily on juniors and underclassmen.

“One of our best juniors would have to be Logan Danville,” said senior running back and linebacker Max German. “He’s a tough, fast, hard- hitting player.”

Even though it is more than two months away, the team is already excited about this year’s Thanksgiving Day game against rival Foran.

“The Thanksgiving Day game is what I’m excited for this season,” Marzullo said. “Although it is far away I’m just looking forward to that being a great game.”

German said that if the team keeps working hard, a victory against the Lions is possible.

“We have a good chance of winning the game this year,” German said. “We have improved a lot this season already and have a lot more time to improve more.”

(Photo courtesy milfordmirror.com)

SPORTS: Girls Swim Team Dives Into Fall Season

photoBy Morgan Hessessey – Columns Editor

Jonathan Law’s girls swimming and diving team is leaping into the season with high spirits and a myriad of goals.

Senior captains Angelica Loma, Melissa Hanania, Kelsey Kopazna, and Phoebe Herbert will lead the 40 member team this season.

“It exposes more girls to the sport, teaches them commitment and dedication, hard work and it’s a great workout too,” head coach Ms. Paolini said. “Our girls are a family and it is important for everyone to have a safe place to go and people they can turn to, our team provides all of that and more.”

Paolini is encouraging the girls to qualify for states and to improve from last year’s swim season.

The team ended last season with four new school records last and they hope to break those records and then some this year.

Members of the team all work to help better each other’s performance with aim to reach those goals. The team achieved many personal bests in their season-opening meet last week against Mercy.

“I tried to swim very hard in that meet,” senior Elizabeth Jenkins said. “Seeing the other girls swim in the lanes during the relay pushed me even harder.”

Jenkins won the team’s Most Valuable Player award for the Mercy meet. She hopes to qualify for SCCs for the first time this year. Hannah Savoie was the MVP for their second meet against Sacred Heart.

All team members are excited that meets have started and they are determined to reach their personal and team goals.

“My goal this season is to beat the school record for the 50 meter freestyle,” Herbert said.

A goal for the entire team is for them to beat rival team Foran at the end of the season.

“As a team captain, I hope to make everyone on the team beat their personal records and school records,” Hanania said.

Hanania swims the 200 meter relay, and sometimes the 100 meter exhibition.

“My favorite thing about swim team is how everyone is one big happy family, we all support each other and we all just love each other,” Hanania said.

The teammates enjoy the quality time they spend with one another at their daily practices and all their pasta parties.

“We get to meet new people and we learn new things everyday,” junior Maria Finitsis said.

SPORTS: Law Soccer Teams Kick Off New Season

MJD_0172By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Law’s boys and girls soccer teams are working hard for a great season this year.

The goal for both boys and girls varsity soccer teams is to make it to the state tournament.

To qualify for this, girls need eight points. A win equals two points and a tie is one point.

“It would be awesome if we can make states this year,” senior captain Emily LaLuna said. “We were one game short last year so I think we can accomplish it this year.”

The girls soccer captains are seniors Cori Kalafus, LaLuna, and Amanda Leone. The team is coached by Mr. Rhode.

“As a captain I’ve been leading the warm ups and communicating on the field during the game,” Kalafus said. “Off the field, I am friends with all the girls and I try my best to be there for them to my best ability even if it doesn’t involve soccer.”

Girls soccer is an overall experienced team. The key players on the team this year are sophomores Kristen Passaro (center defender), Colleen Rice (midfielder), and freshman Taylor Kandrach (midfielder).

The team has got off to a difficult start this season battling illnesses and injuries to some of their key players, including freshman Madison Butts, sophomores Bethany Edwards, Cassidy White, and Catie Rice, and senior LaLuna.

So far the girls team is 0-3-1 on the season. They tied Wilbur Cross, and their three losses came against Sheehan, Notre Dame, and Hamden.

Girls soccer team is still readjusting from the loss of nine seniors last year. The team is improving by taking more shots during the game, increasing their chances of getting more goals.

“We have a lot of work to do but we all have the potential to win a majority of our games,” Kalafus said.

CDL_2417Meanwhile, Law’s boys soccer team is off to a great start this season. This seasons record starts off 1-2-1.

The team is coached by Donato Piselli. The captains are seniors Jon Costa, Herbie Pritchard, Craig Calderone, Michael Chodziutko, and junior Antonio Gjuraj.

In their win against East Haven, Law was down 1-0 at the half, but in the second half they tied the game on a penalty kick by Gjuraj. The eventual game-winning goal was scored by Pritchard.

“Our captains are great,” junior Brandon Macey said. “All our captains show true leadership and work their hardest.”

The team is focusing on improving by training hard and working on strategies that will give them more an advantage over their opponents. The whole team contributes in different ways on the field.

“Our season has had some ups and downs but we are on track to make states,” Costa said. “We have the players to do it and we hope to achieve that goal.”

(Photos courtesy Rostrum Yearbook)

 

SPORTS: Boys, Girls Cross Country Hit Ground Running

By Nicole Macchio – Entertainment Editor

Law’s girls and boys cross country teams are hitting the streets running.

Team captains and seniors Jeremy Doucette, Sean Berg, HaCDL_5850ley Palmer, Marissa Prizio, and Destiny Jennings believe this is a promising year.

“We have some really good new runners,” said Palmer, “there are some really good freshmen and sophomores on varsity this year.”

The coaches for each team, Mr. Schulte and Mr. Phillips, are expecting their teams to go far. Each practice is run in the hopes of improving each individual in endurance and stamina.

“We have a lot of potential,” said Phillips. “I want them to try to get better everyday.”

Being so early in the season, both teams aren’t sure how the season is going to go; however, they believe that they will be able to do well. They practice everyday, training, pushing each other to improve at each step.

CDL_5670A major team goal is to get each member to run the 3.1 miles in under 20 minutes. As always, team members strive to be able to go to states. To place in states, they must be in the top 7 teams at the SCC meet.

This year’s top runners include Doucette, Berg, Jordan Betts, Jennings, Palmer, Prizio, and some more promising underclassmen. The work they have to put in is hard and can often be tiring, but the team always has good spirits.

“Our goal for this season is to get everyone under 20 minutes,” said Berg. “ That’s why we work so hard in our practices.”

Practice isn’t just about running their personal bests; there is also friendly competition to help motivate them. Many of the runner’s personal goals is to try to outrun another one of their teammates.

“My goal is to beat Jeremy Doucette,” junior Matt Paulus said.

One of the most anticipated meets for the team is against Foran, and Doucette believes it will be a tough but fun event.

“Foran is going to be difficult, they have really good runners this year,” Doucette said. “We’ll do our best to compete with them.”

The team has incredibly good moral and are constantly trying to make each other do better.

It isn’t just the running that keeps these kids coming to practice, but the bonds they form. The teams get together often to partake in pasta parties that really bring them closer together, and make them work that much harder as a team.

“Our team is like a family,” sophomore Ashley Boehm said.

The teams are working their way up to a fantastic season, and their motto “no XCuses” helps the team to work hard and bring their best to the table everyday.

(Photo courtesy Rostrum Yearbook)

SPORTS: My Super Bowl Experience

super bowlBy Ben Buczek – Entertainment Editor

The Super Bowl is known as the most important event in sports and entertainment.

Once a year, we see two of the best football teams brawl it out to see who the champion of the NFL is. Of course, those two teams earn their spot in the Super Bowl by winning through the playoffs. In a night filled with $4 million commercials and halftime shows featuring the world’s most prominent musicians, it’s no wonder why it’s the most watched event on television.

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SPORTS: Girls Swimming Wraps Up Successful Season

girls swimmingBy Morgan Hennessey – Staff Reporter

Swimming and diving season has come to a successful end for the Law girls after a long season of striving toward their personal and team goals.

Five teammates qualified for states this year: Elizabeth Gregorio, Angelica Jamie Loma, and Phoebe Herbert in their individual events and a relay team including sophomores Kelly Scianna, Haley McNulty.

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