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SPORTS: Law’s Fall Sports Teams Finish Record-Breaking Seasons

 

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By Morgan Taylor – Staff Reporter

Here is a recap of all of Law’s fall sports teams. A stand-alone football article can be found on jlawadvocate.wordpress.com)

Boys Soccer

The season for Law boys soccer was one for the books.

The team has had one of their best records in years, finishing 9-7. The Lawmen managed to get a home game for states as one of the top 16 teams in Class L.

All the players did their best and worked so hard in practice and on the pitch,” head coach Mr. Gruber said.  “I couldn’t be more prouder as a coach and I am happy I got to coach this team.”

Junior Kevin Linn scored over 20 goals and had six assists this season. Senior Jack Pincus-Coyle recorded the most saves for a goalkeeper at Law in decades.

“We had a great group of young men that strived for certain goals and each and every day we worked hard to achieve them,” said Gruber, who was named SCC Coach of the Year.

Girls Soccer

This season for the Law girls soccer team was not only record-breaking, but it created a statement for the future of the program.

The team ended the season 13-4-3 which was the best record in school history. The team made it to the SCC finals and to the Class L state tournament achieved almost all of their team goals.

I think the season went great,” said junior Grace Wooton.  “It was one of our best records and the furthest we’ve ever been.”

Thanks to all their supporters, girls soccer was able to beat Cheshire, Amity, and Foran throughout their season which was one of their many goals.

“Coming in as a freshman the record was never that good,” said freshman Ashley Shaw. “This year we had the mindset to change that and we totally accomplished it.”

Head coach Mr. Rhode, who was named the SCC and New Haven Register Coach of the Year, continuously instilled in the girls the idea of deserving to be placed as far up as they were. Taking this message into each game, the girls always played their hardest.

Girls Swimming & Diving

It was also a record-breaking season for the girls swim team this season. In the regular season, the team went 6-8. Their key players include Hannah Savoie, who became the first ever girls swimmer in school history to be named All-State, Christina Gleason, Athena Homorodean, Lily Baldieri, Hennessey Shane, and Brooke Nabors.

“We have met all of our team goals including having more team members qualify for states (we have 10) and winning at least four meets (we won six),” head coach Ms. Rosner said.

The team broke dozens of records during the regular season and several swimmers advanced to SCCs and states.

“Now that we are in post-season the girls who made it to states are practicing hard to try and beat their times, break records, and place high,” Baldieri said.

Volleyball

The Law volleyball team had another amazing season this fall.

The team finished 13-7 in the regular season and qualified for the SCC and state tournaments. Pam Ellison, Shawna Winters, Colleen Goodwin, Katie Eighmy, and Stephanie Felag took key roles in the success of the team.

“We didn’t meet all, but definitely met many of our goals,” head coach Ms. Loch said.

Ellison, the team’s libero, made Second Team All-SCC and was dominant on defense with 226 digs and 23 aces.

“This season was a successful season,” said Loch.

Girls Cross Country

The Law girls cross country team had one of its best seasons in years.

Freshmen members and returning runners were all great assets to the team.

We reached most of our goals for the season, one of them being having everyone on varsity under 26,” said junior Amira Samih.

The team was able to beat teams such as Hillhouse and improve their personal times.

“I did very well and had a consistent time throughout the season,” said junior Laura Dennigan.

Boys Cross Country

This season was a positive one for the Law boys cross country team.

The team got new personal records this season as well as achieved some of their goals.

This was probably the best team in a long time,” senior captain Matt Marino said. “We worked well together.”

Many members of the team made states as well.

“I had a time of 23 minutes which is a personal best,” said junior Alex Lazar.

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SPORTS: Law Football Team Beats Foran, Makes First-Ever State Tournament

By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

It was a historic year for the Jonathan Law football team.

The Lawmen ended their regular season with a 34-28 win over crosstown rival Foran in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. They also advanced to the Class M State Tournament for the first time in school history, falling 57-21 to top-seeded Killingly in the quarterfinals.

“The Thanksgiving game had a different meaning to it,” senior captain Dean Pettway said. “Milford gives us the motivation to come out and show we have what it takes.”

The win was Law’s first over Foran on Thanksgiving since 2007.

Junior Mike Plaskon was named the Offensive Player of the Game, and Pettway was awarded Defensive Player of the Game.

“I couldn’t have done it without any of my linemen, receivers, and everybody else,” Plaskon said. 

Plaskon scored the first and last touchdown for Law against Foran in a game that the Lawmen trailed by eight in the fourth quarter. Plaskon also scored the first touchdown for Law against Killingly.

Law went into the playoffs seeded 8th and played at undefeated Killingly. Law scored first, but Killingly’s rushing attack was too much for the Lawmen to contain.  

“To get there we had to all work tremendously hard which involved many hours in the weight room in the off season,” senior captain Andrew Paulus said. “We achieved the goal… states.” 

Law students, faculty, and alumni supported the football team all season long and into the playoffs. Law’s Sports Booster Club provided a Fan Bus to students who wanted to attend the game at Killingly.

“This is why I took the job,” head coach Erik Larka said. “When I was playing, I wanted to go to the playoffs. As an assistant coach, I wanted to go to the playoffs.”

Jonathan Law athletic director Mr. Sarullo was thrilled with how the season unfolded.

“We had good individual performances and a great team performances and I think it got the school excited,” Sarullo said. “It made the fall season pretty awesome.”

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Hennessey Shane On Law Girls Swimming

By Nick Owens – Sports Editor

The Jonathan Law girls swim team hit this season with a splash and broke multiple records in the pool this year. The team finished with six wins and broke several individual school records, the medley relay record, and the 400m freestyle relay record, which they broke multiple times. Freshman swimmer Hennessey Shane sat down with Advocate Sports Editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s season and what’s to come.

Nick Owens: What do you think the key to your team’s success in the pool was this year?

Hennessey Shane: I think the key to success was that we all worked very hard everyday and always did our best even during practice.

NO: Your team broke the medley relay record and 400 freestyle relay record. What’s the plan to break more records?

HS: Our plan is pushing ourselves to the limit and always swim our fastest in every meet.

NO: What can we expect from the team as the post-season continues?

HS: We expect to break more records.

NO: What can we expect from the team next year?

HS: We will do even better than last year.

NO: What impact does head coach Ms. Rosner have on the team?

HS: She encourages us when we swim and we always want to do our best for her in practices and meets.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Coach Rhode About The Success Of The Girls Soccer Team

(Photo courtesy Mr. Rhode)

By Nick Owens – Sports Editor 

The Law girls soccer team is off to a hot start this year with a 7-0-1 record, which includes big wins against Wilbur Cross, Bassick, and Cheshire. Head coach Mr. Rhode sat down with Advocate sports editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s success and what to expect in the near future.

Nick Owens: What do you think is the biggest factor that is leading the charge of success right now for the the team? 

Coach Rhode: I believe our team chemistry and leadership (from the captains on downwards) are the biggest contributing factors. This is now the third year that we’ve played our current formation and system. This has been very helpful.

NO: After going 8-6-2 last year.to almost matching that this year not even halfway through the season. What does that mean to you?

CR: The most telling aspect of our improvement is the attitude and mental change from previous years. Our girls believe it more and aren’t afraid of any teams.

 

NO: What’s the plan to carry on with this success throughout the rest of the season? What is going to carry  this team further?

CR: My main plan is to keep the girls mentally focused. It’s a long season, so to maintain this for the longevity will be tough. We just have to keep winning. It’s more fun when you win.

NO: Come playoff time, what is the mindset for this team? How far do you believe they will go?

C: Our immediate focus is qualifying for SCCs and seeing how that tournament goes when we make it.  But I feel there are no limits to what our team can achieve this year. We’re going one game at a time.

NO: Do you think other Law sports teams can learn from the success of your team? What do you see for the future of Law sports in general?

C:  I absolutely feel the other teams in our program can do the sam, and have already had very successful seasons. With the right attitude and belief in the mission, all teams at Law can do it.  I believe over the past few years a mental shift has occurred where we are no longer accepting of being mediocre.

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.

SPORTS: Girls Tennis Makes States, Boys Tennis Improves

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By Cassandra Soda – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law boys and girls tennis teams just finished their spring seasons.

For the girls, it was a historic year. The team finished the regular season with a record of 12-8, which tied the school record for wins. They also qualified for the SCC Tournament and the Class M State Tournament. 

“It’s been an unforgettable year,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “We came into the season wanting to make this a perfect send-off for our seniors who have worked so hard for four years and, in that end, thanks to the girls’ drive and determination, that’s exactly what happened. It was a total team effort.”

Law won seven straight matches to end the season and qualify for SCCs and states, beating rivals Foran and Shelton in close matches along the way.

“Especially because we played a few teams more than once, we made sure to practice things that would help us play better against them the second time around and that’s exactly what we did against teams like Shelton and Foran,” senior captain Victoria Contaxis said.

Individually, Contaxis and the #1 doubles team of Trisha Brady and Brianna Arnold were named to the All-SCC team. Contaxis finished with 11 wins at #1 singles and Brady and Arnold finished 13-0 at #1 doubles. Contaxis also tied the school record with 49 career wins.

Senior Maeve Rourke and freshman Clarissa Sawatzky won more than half their singles matches and the trio of sophomore Bridget Sanchez, senior Daniella Berg, and freshman Amelia Mower won 10 matches from the #3 doubles spot

“Some teams rely on a couple of kids to carry them, but what was special about our team this year was that everyone contributed,” Kulenych said. “There was a different hero every match for us and it made everything that much more exciting.”

At the send of the season, Law sent six players to the State Open Individual Tournament. Contaxis qualified at #1 singles and sophomore Monica Pydipati qualified at #2 singles, while Brady and Arnold qualified at #1 doubles and Deepika Senthilnathan and Meghana Jaladanki qualified at #2 doubles.

“It was an amazing season for me,” Arnold said. ” I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

The team’s doubles partners have to know each other very well in order to try and win their matches. That teamwork was evident this season.

“We also know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which is essential for us to know if we want to win,” Jaladanki said. “I take the shots that are tough for her, and she does the same for me every match.”

The team has high hopes for next year even with all of the departing seniors.

“The kids who come back are going to work hard in the offseason and if they do that I think we have a shot at having another really good season,” Kulenych said.

Boys tennis, meanwhile, finished off the season with a 4-16 record and has high hopes of improving next year.

The boys put much of their time and energy into working to improve in their weak areas so they could win their individual matches and help the team.

“I worked really hard through the season and played in my free time to try and get better,” junior Ronald Spangler said.

The members of the team know that even if their losing in a match they should never give up.

“What I learned this season is to not give up when losing early into a match,” senior Donovan Johnson said.

The boys are losing some valuable seniors, but they hope to add some freshman next season. The team plans on working extremely hard in the offseason to prepare for next year.

SPORTS: Girls Lacrosse Returns To State Tournament

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By Kiana Walker – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Laws girls lacrosse team recently completed the best season in program history.

The Lady Lawmen finished the regular season with a record of 12-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class M State Tournament. They defeated Sheehan 16-7 in the first round before losing to Pomperaug 18-5 in the quarters.

The team also qualified for the SCC Tournament for the first time in program history. 

“It’s been great to see all of their hard work pay off,” head coach Lynette Martinez said.  

Senior captain Stella Patrick believed this season could be a special one from the start.

“I’ve noticed a drive in my team ever since our first win which excites me,” Patrick said.

Members of the team said that they owe most of their success to their coach.

“Coach Lynette’s style of coaching pushes us in practice, which is channeled to our game performance,” said junior Olivia Keator, who was named to the All-SCC team.

Another possible contributor to the team’s success may be their camaraderie off the field.

“The atmosphere on our team is very fun and welcoming,” senior captain Angela Scuito said.

With the season now over, the team’s seniors are looking back fondly at their experience.

“Playing lacrosse opened me up to something different considering I’ve only played soccer ever,” senior captain Bethany Edwards said.

Despite the fact that the Lady Lawmen are losing many seniors, the team is still optimistic going forward.

“We will look to make the conference tournament again and to advance further than this year,” Martinez said.

 

As the team’s successful season reaches it end, there is no doubt in players’ minds that next year will be successful

“I know that next year my team will do great, and do better than this year,” Edwards said.

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