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SPORTS: Lacrosse Captain Carollo Sees Successful Season Ahead

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By Danielle Tancredi – Staff Reporter

Senior Kayla Carollo is the only senior captain of the Law girls lacrosse team this year, along with sophomore captain Stella Patrick and junior captain Angela Scuito.

Carollo was interested in trying a new sport her sophomore year, which was when the girls lacrosse program started at Law. She immediately loved it, and since then lacrosse has been her favorite sport because of her supportive coaches and teammates.

Carollo was a full-time JV player as a junior and is now on varsity as a senior. She said she is honored to be a captain.

“I love being lacrosse captain,” Carollo said. “My teammates and coaches make all the practices and games such a good time. I love the sport and I love everyone I get to play with.”

Carollo has always been committed to the team’s daily practices, which are two hours long, six days a week.

Carollo also recently attended the SCC Captains Council, where she met up with other lacrosse captains in her team’s division.

“It was a great experience to meet and bond with other captains of lacrosse teams that we will be competing against throughout our season,” Carollo said. “We learned leadership and communication skills that will be helpful to me and my co captains for the season.”

Carollo’s teammates are excited about this upcoming season as well.

“This season I’m looking forward to team bonding,” freshman Mary Lonergan said.  “Our lacrosse team has a bunch of great girls and I can’t wait to become close with them.”

Along with the other captains, Carollo helps with team bonding and makes practices more enjoyable for the players.

“So far the season has been better than any other,” senior Kelly Scianna said. “It feels more like a family and all the captains make it really fun.”

Carollo hopes to build off of last year’s successful season.

“I hope that we can make it to the third round in states this year,” Carollo said. “Last year was the first season that girls lacrosse had a varsity program and we made it to states, so I know that we can do even better this year. We’re working hard and so far we’re off to a great start. I can’t wait for more to come.”

SPORTS: Girls, Boys Tennis Teams Take The Court

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By Catie Rice – Staff Reporter

The boys and girls tennis teams are trying to serve up a successful season.

The girls return many strong individual players who gained varsity experience last season.

“We have a really talented group coming back,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “The girls worked really hard in the offseason to get ready for the spring and we should be very competitive.”

The team finished with a 7-13 record last year. The goal for this season is to make states which means the team will need to win 10 matches.

This year’s captains include senior Emma Shea and juniors Victoria Contaxis and Megan Gleason.

Other key players on the team this year are Maeve Rourke (junior), Trisha Brady (junior), Deepika Senthilnathan (junior), Meghana Jaladanki (junior), Brianna Arnold (junior), and Anna Downs (senior).

“The team for this year looks great and we hope to have another successful season,” Contaxis said.

There are several new players that will have an immediate impact on the team this season. Sophomore Brianna Gardner will play #1 singles and freshman Monica Pydipati will play doubles.

This will be Kulenych’s ninth year coaching the girls tennis team.

“Mr. K. always  pushes us to do our best and works with us when we are having trouble during a match,” Arnold said.

The girls open their season on Wednesday, April 6, at home against East Haven.

The boys tennis team, meanwhile, finished off its 2015 season with a 4-13 record and are hoping to improve a lot this year.

The captains for this season are seniors Bobby Phong and Ian Hugo.

Some key players are James Mercaldo (senior), Manar Almidani (junior), Brandon Macey (senior) as well as Hugo and Phong.

“I believe the team is going to be much better if we keep working hard at practice with the help of our coach, Jared Dye,” Almidani said.

The team will have to work hard against  challenging opponents like Xavier and Cheshire but plan on capitalizing against teams such as Wilbur Cross and Career.

The Lawmen have set several team and individual goals for the season.

“Bobby (Phong) is looking to make states again this year and Brandon Macey and I are looking to improve on our six wins last year,” Hugo said. “We also hope to make states as a doubles partnership.”

SPORTS: Contaxis Looking To Ace Spring Season

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By Kristin Frank – Staff Reporter

As a junior captain of the Law girls tennis team, Victoria Contaxis has a promising season ahead of her this spring.

Contaxis leads by example in everything she does on the court. She is described as a hard-working and dedicated player.

“I try to lead the team by encouraging everyone to have a positive attitude and to never give up on a match,” Contaxis said.

Even though Contaxis has been playing for Law’s tennis team for three years now, this was not an unfamiliar sport for her coming into high school.

“I played on and off from elementary school until eighth grade in tennis clinics,” Contaxis said. “My first real match was my freshman year.”

Contaxis herself shows how hard work can really pay off. She commits herself to hours of this sport a day.

“I commit most of my time during the week to tennis in the high school season,” Contaxis said. “In the off-season I play two times or more a week indoors.”

Contaxis is close with many girls on the team. She is an outstanding leader and really supports all of her teammates.

“Tori always tries to encourage everyone to do their best and never looks down on us when we mess up,” junior Brianna Arnold said. “She is definitely the perfect leader for our team.”

There are many other key players on this team this year, such as juniors Megan Gleason, Maeve Rourke, and Trisha Brady, as well as senior Emma Shea and sophomore Brianna Gardner.

These players all contribute to the team’s success throughout the season.

Contaxis believes this year’s team record will improve from last year. She is hoping for another division win.

Being the great role model Contaxis is, she helps her teammates become better players themselves.

“Tori is just is so nice to everyone and you never are too scared to speak with her,” said Gardner. “Personally, this helps me become more relaxed on the court knowing that someone is always rooting for me and the rest of the team as well.”

Contaxis is always supporting her teammates during practices and matches, helping them to strive for success.

“I try to motivate my teammates to always work hard and play with all of their effort,” Contaxis said. “Whether they are playing jv or #1 singles, it is important to play your hardest.”

The head coach of the girls tennis team, Mr. Kulenych, said that Contaxis is a leader of the team on and off the court.

“Tori is everything you want in a player and a captain,” Kulenych said. “She is such a talented player but she still works so hard every day in practice and is such an amazing role model for the rest of the team.”

Contaxis has a lot of plans for this upcoming season. She is excited to lead her team to a successful spring.

“I am looking forward to personally work on improving my attitude and mentality because tennis is such a mental sport,” Contaxis said. “Also, spending time with my teammates is something I look forward to do.”

SPORTS: Law Baseball Swings Into New Season

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By Megan Grabowski – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law baseball team is ready to start their new season this year.

The team is looking to make a comeback after a rare 3-17 record last year. Their ultimate goal is to make states.

Head coach Mr. Simler is looking to make improvements to ensure success this season.

“I’m looking to improve our hitting and ability to put up runs,” Simler said. “It’s my goal to be able to finish out games and win them.”

Captains for this season are seniors Rob Griswold, Evan Carollo, and Francesco Mucciacciaro. All three captains are ready to lead the team and plan on ending their high school baseball careers on a high note.

“I’m looking forward to this season,” Mucciacciaro said. “It’s senior year and I’m gonna give it all I got.”

Key players for this season include Griswold, Carollo, Mucciacciaro, senior Kyle Frey, and junior Jeremiah Bravo.

“This year we have a lot more experience so we will feel more comfortable with each other,” Bravo said.

Some of the hardest teams the Lawmen will play this season include Amity, Notre Dame-West Haven, and Fairfield Prep. The team is ready for the challenge.

“I’m excited to see how the hard work from the past three years pays off and how the bumpy roads we’ve gone through prepares us to be mentally tough enough to compete with the best,” Carollo said.

The Lawmen are a very close group and some of the teammates have been playing together for years. The underclassman are looking to keep the team close as they get older.

Sophomore Carl Maxwell plans on being successful over the next few years.

“I’m excited to improve on last years season and get more wins,” Maxwell said. “Being an underclassman, it’s good to get varsity experience and learn how the game changes as you play at higher levels.”

The Lawmen are looking forward to playing Fairfield Prep at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on May 14 this season.

“It’s exciting, Harbor Yard is a fun place to play and many of us have played there in the past,” said senior Tom Marchitto. “We know playing there will be a big game so it’s something we are all looking forward to.”

The seniors are looking to have a successful final season.

“I can’t believe it’s already our last season,” said Mucciacciaro. “I really want to make this one count.”

The team opens up their season on April 5 at home against Branford.

SPORTS: Law Lacrosse Gears Up For Season Ahead

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By Colleen Rice – Staff Reporter

The girls and boys lacrosse teams are getting ready for a winning season.

Last year was the girls’ first varsity season and they finished strong with a 7-9-1 record and qualified for the state tournament.

The team’s captains are sophomore Stella Patrick, junior Angela Sciuto, and senior Kayla Carollo.

“It feels great to be an underclassmen captain but also intimidating because I’m younger,” Patrick said. “My personal goal is to help my team beat Foran twice again this year.”

The girls lacrosse team won 13-6 in their first scrimmage against Bunnell High School on March 28.

Some key players on the team are Sciuto (junior), Patrick (sophomore), Colleen Goodwin (sophomore), and Olivia Keator (sophomore).

“I have high hopes for the team this year and want to make at least the second round in states,” Sciuto said.

The team is led by head coach Jessica Shaw and assistant coach Lynette Martinez. The two have coached the girls lacrosse team at Jonathan Law for two years now.

“I am very excited for the start of our season,” Shaw said. “I am most eager to see the improvement in our two brand new goalies, Mimi Chrzastek and Kyra Murray. They are stepping up to fill a difficult position and are learning quickly.”

Some difficult games on the schedule this year include Foran, West Haven, Sacred Heart, and Lauralton Hall.

Jonathan Law’s boys lacrosse team finished last season with a 5-11 record.

The team’s three senior captains – Logan Danville, David Patrick, and Tyler Cavallaro – are prepared for a great season.

“We have a strong leadership core from David, Tyler, and I so hopefully that will lead us to the state playoffs this year,” Danville said.

Some key players on the team consist of Patrick, Danville, and Cavallaro, Jake Bombace (sophomore), Nick Torres (junior), and Jimmy Boyle (sophomore).

The head coach of the team is Michael Forget.

Some difficult games the boys will be facing are against Cheshire, Notre Dame-West Haven, Foran, and Shelton.

“Being on the team is great and it is a lot of fun,” Bombace said. “I definitely recommend anyone to play because you can learn quickly.”

The team’s first game is against Stratford at Law on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m.

SPORTS: Griswold Prepares For Final High School Baseball Season

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By Brianna Arnold – Staff Reporter

Senior baseball captain and shortstop Rob Griswold is getting ready for his final high school baseball season.

“I commit my daily hours to playing baseball,” Griswold said. “When I am not in school you will probably find me with some type of baseball equipment in my hand.”

Griswold is excited for the upcoming season, hopfull that they will beat their last year’s 3-17 record.

“Our record should greatly improve from last year, hopefully qualifying for the state tournament this year,” Griswold said.

Senior captain Evan Carollo is good friends with Griswold and cannot wait for their last baseball season to begin.

“Together we lead the team in a way where everyone will follow,” Carollo said. “We do a good job communicating on and off the field.”

Their hardest competition for the Lawmen this season will be Amity or Fairfield Prep. Both schools have strong teams that bring their “A” game every game.

Mitchell Smith, a junior on varsity, has known Griswold for three years and knows how much passion he has for baseball.

“Rob is definitely a key player on our team,” Smith said. “He has always showed his dedication since I’ve been on the team.”

This is Griswold’s second year as a captain on the team and he likes to get everyone ready for the season.

“I like to lead my team by example and carry myself,” Griswold said. “I want them to be independent and carry themselves.”

Griswold is ready to finish his last high school baseball season and play division one in college.

“I am very excited to play college baseball and have been playing ever since I can remember,” Griswold said. “This is a dream of mine.”

Junior Jeremiah Bravo has been on varsity for two years and looks up to Griswold as a leader for the team.

“Rob motivates everyone and pushes them to be the best player they can be,” Bravo said.

Griswold’s coaches are proud of him and are excited to see him get back out on the field for the final time.

“Our coaches do a good job in making us the best we can be,” Griswold said. “They put us in situations where we have the ability to succeed and they not only make us better baseball players but they mature us and prepare for the real world.”

Griswold has high hopes for this season.

“Key players are going to be our seniors and the young guys that are going to have to step up and help,” Griswold said.

SPORTS: Law Softball Eager To Start Spring Season

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By Paige Szygiel – Staff Reporter

The Lady Lawmen are very confident for their 2016 season.

They have high expectations and plan to fill the big positions they lost.

This year the team is led by senior captains Erin Saley, Gege Romero, and Megan Smith.

“My expectations for this season are to make states and make it through the first round again,” Smith said. “I expect the underclassmen to step up and work their hardest to fill the positions we lost last year.”

The Lawmen lost three big starters last year, and were a little hesitant on how the younger freshman would fill their positions.

“Some upcoming freshman are Cali Jolley in the infield working at shortstop and Ally Stein tracking balls in the outfield,” sophomore Erin Harrigan said.

Some other freshmen are Erica Boehm and Gina Bocamazzo.

“I’m very excited for this season to start,” Jolley said. “They expect a lot from everyone and that really motivates me to do the best I can.”

The talent doesn’t just stop there: the team is filled with very talented players and that will be a key to getting to their goal of reaching the state tournament.

“Gege Romero is one of our key players,” Saley said. “We rely on her because she can play multiple positions in the infield and is very confident.”   

One of the team’s strengths is the bond they have on and off the field.

“I’ve been playing with these girls for awhile, even before high school,” Romero said. “We’ve all created great bonds and all of us are great friends.”

The Lawmen know which teams will be tough this season.

“Some challenging teams will be Lauralton, Amity, and East Haven because they always go far in the tournament,” Saley said.

They will put their key players to the test and they are confident that they will be the ones coming out on top.

“Maddie Murphy is one of our big hitters,” Smith said. “We lost big batters last year and she definitely has what it takes to step up her game even more this year.”

The senior leaders plan to steer their team in the right direction.

“We all look up to the captains,” Boehm said. “They help us with whatever we need and make sure we fully understand the positions we have to fill.”

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