With the spring sports season in full swing, we are starting to get an idea of which teams and players we’ll be following deep into May and June. The second full week of Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference spring sports featured impressive performances on the lacrosse fields, baseball and softball diamonds, and tennis courts.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 22 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 2 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below. Last week’s winners were Tony DePreta of Stamford boys lacrosse and Maddie Burns of Ridgefield girls lacrosse.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Sunday at 11:45 p.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, April 25, at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Mondays through Wednesday at 2 at on HAN.Network.
The HAN Network spent the second week of spring sports providing live HD coverage of baseball and boys’ lacrosse. Here are links to watch the games for free on-demand.
• Baseball: Norwalk at Trinity Catholic, Monday, April 11
• Boys Lacrosse: Greenwich at Ridgefield, Tuesday, April 12
• Baseball: Stamford at Staples, Wednesday, April 13
• Boys Lacrosse Battle of the Sound: Manhasset, N.Y., vs. Darien, Saturday, April 16
• Boys Lacrosse Battle of the Sound: Garen City, N.Y., at Ridgefield, Saturday, April 16
This week, HAN will have live baseball, lacrosse and volleyball. Monday: Darien at Danbury baseball; Tuesday: Greenwich at Staples boys lacrosse; Wednesday: Darien at Ridgefield boys volleyball; and Thursday: New Canaan at Greenwich boys lacrosse. You can view the entire schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Taylor Ingerman and Meghan Golden, Wilton Tennis
Senior Taylor Ingerman and freshman Meghan Golden rallied from a set down, and then from a 5-4 deficit in the third set, to score a three-set win at No. 1 doubles and clinch the Wilton High girls tennis team’s 4-3 win over Greenwich last Monday. The win improved Wilton’s record to 3-0.
Colleen Bannon, Staples Lacrosse
Colleen Bannon scored six goals and added an assist when the Wreckers took Ludlowe to overtime before losing a 12-11 decision.
Sophia Barbour, Darien Softball
Barbour, a junior pitcher, held rival New Canaan to one run on four hits over seven innings as the Wave won, 14-1, Friday in Waveny Park. Barbour walked one and fanned nine, and was a force at the plate as well, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run.
Catherine Granito, New Canaan Lacrosse
Granito had six points on three goals and three assists during New Canaan’s 14-10 win over FCIAC contender Greenwich at Dunning Field. She had a goal and an assist during a key stretch in the second half, as the Rams scored the final four goals to break a 10-10 tie.
Hanna Errico, St. Joseph Softball
Errico had three hits and drove in the game-winning run with a single to center with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the unbeaten Cadets defeated Ludlowe, 3-2. She also had two bunt singles, three stolen bases, and two runs scored.
Adrianna Gambino, Westhill Softball
Adrinna Gambino tossed a four-hitter and had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in five runs in the Vikings’ 14-2 win over McMahon.
Paige Mautner, Greenwich Lacrosse
Paige Mautner scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Greenwich High girls lacrosse team to a 12-11 overtime victory over Wilton on Saturday in Greenwich. On the winning tally, Mautner came up with the ball on the opening draw in overtime and sprinted more than 50 yards to score the game-winning goal just 17 seconds into the extra session.
Brittany Romero, Fairfield Ludlowe Softball
Romero fired a three-hit shutout at the Darien Blue Wave, as the Falcons scored a 2-0 victory. She struck out 10, walked just one, and retired the final 10 batters she faced. Only two runners reached second base against Romero.
Sara Staley, Stamford Softball
Staley pitched a one-hitter and shut out the Staples Wreckers, 6-0. She allowed only a single, walked none and struck out eight en route to the win.
Regan Steed, Fairfield Ludlowe Lacrosse
Regan Steed scored five goals for the Falcons when they defeated Staples High, 12-11 in overtime. Steed scored four goals in a 9-8 win over Stamford. She scored six goals and had two assists in an 18-8 win over McMahon.
Ally Szabo, Trumbull Softball
Ally Szabo struck out 12 batters and pitched a four-hit shutout in the Eagles’ 5-0 win over Warde. She struck out 12 more in five innings in an 8-3 win over New Canaan. Szabo struck out nine and hit a home run in a 7-5 win over Staples.
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph Softball
Nicole Wlliams pitched a no-hitter in the Cadets’ 9-0 win over Greenwich. She struck out 12 in a 3-2 win over Trumbull.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Peter Dearth, Ridgefield Lacrosse
Dearth had a game-high five goals to help lead the Ridgefield Tigers to a 10-7 win over Greenwich at Tiger Hollow on Tuesday. He added one assist and finished with six points.
Dan Bernard, Trinity Catholic Baseball
Dan Bernard went 4-for-4, with two doubles and a triple, and drove in three runs when the Crusaders defeated Stratford 9-2.
Cole Carpenter, Westhill Lacrosse
Cole Carpenter had five goals for the Vikings in their 15-2 victory over Bridgeport Central.
Matt Gulyas, Brien McMahon Baseball
Matt Gulyas hit a three-run home run and added a single for the Senators in their 8-2 victory over Westhill.
George Goldstein, Staples Baseball
Goldstein no-hit the Stamford Knights for four and two-thirds innings of relief as Staples won, 4-1, in Westport. Goldstein walked none and struck out five to get the victory.
Drew Morris, New Canaan Lacrosse
Morris collected 13 saves as the New Canaan Rams topped Brunswick Bruins, 13-8, in a battle of two teams ranked in the nation’s top 10 on Saturday night. The junior goalie also made seven saves in an 11-2 win over Wilton earlier in the week. New Canaan is 5-0.
Colin Minicus, Darien Lacrosse
Colin Minicus had four points on two goals and two assists when the Blue Wave knocked off Manhasset of Long Island, 11-8, in the annual Battle of the Sound Saturday in Ridgefield. He also had three goals and three assists when the unbeaten Blue Wave turned back Ludlowe, 14-4, earlier in the week.
Jared Newall, St. Joseph Lacrosse
Jared Newall scored five goals and had two assists in the Cadets’ 9-7 victory over Norwalk.
Michael Reale, Staples Lacrosse
Reale had five goals and added an assist as Staples remained unbeaten with a 10-2 rout of Kellenberg Memorial of Uniondale, N.Y., on Saturday. The Wreckers improved to 6-0 with the win.
Andrew Winsch, Darien Baseball
Winsch fired a gem to lead Darien to an 8-0 victory over rival New Canaan at the DHS turf field. Winsch worked a complete game, allowing just two singles and two walks while striking out seven. New Canaan had just one runner reach second base.
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