We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2016 spring sports season in Connecticut and the FCIAC continues to see many athletes shine.
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 Matt Gulyas of Brien McMahon baseball and Colleen Bannon of Staples lacrosse.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Monday at 7 a.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, May 2, at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Monday 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.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Chad Knight, Staples Baseball
Chad Knight hit a grand-slam home run when the Wreckers scored seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat Masuk High, 7-6. Knight’s shot over the leftfield wall gave Staples the lead for good.
Justin Clark, New Canaan Golf
Justin Clark earned medalist honors when he shot a 36 at the par 35 Tashua Knolls course when the Rams defeated Trumbull High, 154-163. Clark shot a 38 in a win over Warde at par 35 Country Club of New Canaan.
Ryan Levy, Trumbull Golf
Ryan Levy shot par with a 36 when Trumbull defeated Westhill and St. Joseph at Tashua Knolls. Levy shot a 39 at Tashua when Trumbull nipped Greenwich, 166-167.
Colin Minicus, Darien Lacrosse
Darien senior attackman Colin Minicus set up four goals and scored one to break the 200-point barrier for his career in the Wave’s 17-3 blowout of Wilton on Saturday. Minicus also had one goal and six assists in a 21-4 rout of Warde on Monday.
Eric Toub, Greenwich Boys Tennis
Toub, a junior playing high school tennis for the first time, won a three-set match at second singles to clinch Greenwich’s 4-3 victory over Staples. Toub defeated Max Zimmerman by scores of 7-6, 1-6, and 6-4, as the Cardinals ended Staples’ 46-match unbeaten streak.
Connor Chamberlain, Staples Lacrosse
Chamberlain scored the game-winning goal with 2:06 remaining in double overtime to give Staples a dramatic, 13-12 win over the Greenwich Cardinals. The goal came during a man-up situation, after Staples’ Michael Reale had tied the game with five seconds left in regulation. Chamberlain led the Wreckers’ scoring with three goals and one assist.
Peter Swindell, New Canaan Lacrosse
Swindell, a senior middie, had six points on five goals and one assist as New Canaan edged Greenwich, 8-6, at Cardinal Stadium. Swindell scored twice in the first quarter to give the Rams a 2-1 lead, and had all three of New Canaan’s goals in the second half.
Matt Greenbaum, Westhill Tennis
Greenbaum won the decisive match in the Vikings’ 4-3 victory over the Staple Wreckers on Thursday. Playing at No. 5 singles, Greenbaum defeated the Wreckers’ Daniel Stone in a hard-fought match 6-3, 7-5. It was Westhill’s first win over Staples in program history.
J.J. Goetz, Danbury Baseball
Goetz fired a complete-game four-hit shutout as the Hatters topped the Eagles, 2-0, in Trumbull. Danbury scored both its runs in the top of the first and Goetz made that stand up, striking out five in seven innings.
Tony DePreta, Stamford Boys Lacrosse
DePreta had five goals and one assist as the Black Knights won the city title, 9-3, at Boyle Stadium. Four of his goals came in the first half, when Stamford bolted out to a 7-1 lead.
Zach Day, Ludlowe Baseball
Making his first varsity start, Zach Day threw a complete game to lead the Falcons to a 4-2 decision over the Wilton Warriors. Day walked one and struck out two.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Maddie Burns, Ridgefield Lacrosse
Burns, a senior goalie who will play at Army next year, made 20 saves in Ridgefield’s 14-7 win over Fairfield Ludlowe. Burns also had three ground balls, one forced turnover, three interceptions, and a long pass for an assist on a Ridgefield goal.
Holly Rivers, Danbury Lacrosse
Rivers had eight points to help lead Danbury to a 17-5 romp over Lewis Mills on Saturday. The sophomore scored a game-high five goals and dished out three assists in the win.
Gabby Laccona, Westhill Softball
Westhill’s Gabby Laccona, a junior shortstop, belted three home runs to lead the Vikings to a 13-0 win in five innings against Oxford. Laccona also scored four runs and had four RBIs. The game was played at Stamford High School, as rain overnight had soaked the Westhill field. Laccona hit two of her home runs over the centerfield fence.
Jessica Robbins, Danbury Track & Field
Jessica Robbins swept the field events, winning the javelin (93-0), shot put (30-10) and discus (90-9), in the Hatters meet with Brien McMahon.
Caylea Landrie, Danbury Track & Field
Caylea Landrie was the best jumper on the day in the Hatter’s meet with McMahon. She won the high jump (4-10), the long jump (16-11) and the triple jump (34-0).
Gillian Kane, New Canaan Softball
Gillian Kane pitched a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Trumbull. She had a hit and scored a run, as the Rams improved to 4-1 in the FCIAC.
Sage Zunda, Wilton Softball
Sage Zunda pitched the Warriors to a 9-3 win over Fairfield Warde. Zanda struck out six in winning her third decision on the season. Zunda had two hits and scored two runs.
Jada Harris, St. Joseph Track & Field
Jada Harris was meet best in the triple jump (35-9), high jump (5-4) and was pat of the Cadets’ winning 4×100 relay team in a win over Stamford.
Maria Bellos, Norwalk Lacrosse
Bellos racked up a dozen saves to help lead the Bears to a 14-4 win over city rival Brien McMahon at Sam Testa Field. She faced 16 shots and allowed just two goals in each half. Norwalk built a 9-2 lead at halftime and rolled to the win to remain unbeaten at 6-0-1.
Rebekah Snitkoff, Fairfield Warde Lacrosse
Snitkoff made seven saves as the Mustangs defeated crosstown rival Ludlowe, 7-4, at Taft Field. She allowed just one goal during the first half, and Warde took advantage by building a 4-1 lead by halftime. The two teams played even in the second half.
Jenn Krupa, Stamford Lacrosse
Jenn Krupa scored four goals in the Black Knights’ 13-9 win over Weston High
Sophia Barbour, Darien Softball
Barbour went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored as the Blue Wave’s 11-6 win over Norwalk on Thursday. That came one day after she picked up her third FCIAC win of the season in a 12-4 win over Stamford.
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