SPORTS: Law Fall Sports Teams Off To Fast Start

(Photo courtesy Pam Mercaldo)

By Morgan Taylor – Staff Reporter

The fall sports season at Jonathan Law is underway. Here is a look at how the teams are doing:

Girls Soccer

With an amazing start to the year, the Law girls soccer team might be on its way to its best regular season ever.

As of October 2,  the team has a record of 7-0-1. Their captains, Madi Butts, Taylor Kandrach and Morgan Macey, as well as key players Samara Thacker and Gia Edwards have helped the team get wins against Cheshire, Hamden, and North Haven.

Compared to last year, our output for goals scored is significantly higher,” head coach Mr. Rhode said. “Also, our familiarity of the system we play is much better as well.”

The team goals are to get 10 wins, qualify for SCCs and to make it to at least the second round of the state tournament.

“I think we are going to do really well this season,” senior captain Morgan Macey said. “ We need to keep it up and stay mentally tough.”

Boys Soccer

The Law boys soccer team has had a great start to the season.

With a record of 4-2 as of October 2, the team shows a lot of potential. Captains Matt Tournas, Jack Pincus-Coyle, and Will Contaxis, along with key players Kevin Linn, Jon Vitale, and Troy Anderson have helped to try and achieve their goal of making states.

“With the games we have in front of us our goal is to make the state tournament again and I see no reason why we can’t achieve the goal,” said head coach Mr. Gruber. “The players are starting to believe in themselves more and we tend to get better as the year goes on.”

The team is working on becoming more technical in their playing as well as playing a lot of small sided games during practice.

“We have a tough conference this year, but our team is looking really good this season,” Tournas said.

Volleyball

After a successful season last year, fans of volleyball at Law have a lot to look forward to this fall.

Their record as of October 2 is 6-4. Captains Shawna Winters and Stephanie Felag, as well as key players Pam Ellison and Colleen Goodwin, have helped to create these wins for the team.

Our rotation is very new and we are running a new type of rotation this year to be able to have six hitters a match rather than four or five,” head coach Ms. Loch said. “This is really beneficial and once we start getting used to this rotation, we will really make our opponents work for their points.”

With the girls working hard with communicating with each other and their overall teamwork, this season looks to be turning out great.

“We are starting off slow because we are still learning how to work together,” sophomore Livi Kowalski said. “Once we get there, we will be successful.”

Girls Swim

Law girls swimmimg and diving already has many team and individual highlights this season.

They have twice broken the school 4×400 relay record, and won three meets in a row against East Haven, Sheehan, and Bunnell. Captains Bella Carroll, Hannah Savoie, and Mary Lonergan along with key players Christina Gleason, Athena Homorodean, Lily Baldieri, Brooke Nabors, Tess Rosato, Hennessey Shane, Olivia Franzman, and Hannah Rascoll have helped the team get to these wins.

Every team member set a goal at the beginning of the season,” said head coach Ms. Rosner. “Some of these goals include breaking a specific time in certain events, mastering challenging dives or swimming difficult events, qualifying for SCCs and states, and breaking a school record.”

Their team goals include winning at least four meets and having more girls qualify for the post-season. They work really hard in practice to achieve these goals.

“I’m off to a rough start personally, but I see my team improving and people trying harder,” said sophomore Tess Rosato. “We have all been trying our best at practices to help improve our times.”

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team at Law is starting off right.

With a win against Notre Dame of West Haven and a close loss to Daniel Hand, the team’s lead runners, Mike Loschiavo and Tyler McKenna-Hansen, and their captains, John Fowler, Matt Marino, and Nelson Gomes have helped to improve the team from last year.

“I expect our season to go pretty well,” Loschiavo said. “I want to get my times down into the low 17’s.”

Each individual has goals for themselves whether it’s lower times or finishing in the top 10 during each race.

“Our team got 3rd at an invitational this season,” Marino said. “This is a lot better than last year.”

Girls Cross Country

Girls cross country at Jonathan Law High School is looking toward a great season.

With meets against teams such as Daniel Hand and Laurelton Hall the team has already had a tough season. Captains Irmina Chrzastek, Chloe McCullough, and Cassandra Soda as well as lead runners Kaylee Brotherton, Laura Dennigan, and Samantha Franzman have helped their team.

“Our season is going really well,” McCullough said. “We have not won any meets but we have not placed last either.”

Overall, each individual has set goals for themselves to help their team try to achieve at least one win.

“We think we have a chance to really do well,” Soda said. “We worked really hard this summer and when we started the season, everyone was ready to go.”

Football

The Law football team has started off strong and has its sights set on the state tournament.

Captains Dean Pettway, Jimmy Boyle, Justin Abe, and Andrew Paulus, quarterback Zach Smith and running back Mike Plaskon led the team to wins against Bethel and Bassick.

“I think our season is going to go really well,” said sophomore Zach Merchant. “I believe we are going to win more games than last year.”

The team continues to work hard even against the best teams in the state. They hung with a ranked Cheshire team until late in the game.

“Hopefully we will make it to states this year,” senior Cole Egersheim said.

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