AROUND THE HORN: Papallo showing sure hands for SCSU, Jackson scores in Owls’ field hockey victory

NEW HAVEN — The Elm City is coming to understand what the Silver City already knows.

Meriden’s Tylon Papallo grabbed five more receptions for the Southern Connecticut State University football team in Week 2, including one that went for a 56-yard touchdown.

The Owls, though, couldn’t follow up on their Week 1 upset of Central Connecticut. They dropped a 54-21 non-conference matchup to Stonehill in Easton, Mass.

Papallo finished with five catches for 123 yards.

Along with the 56-yard TD, he had a 52-yard haul. That made the junior out of Platt the first SCSU player to record two receptions of 50 yards or more in the same game since since Willie Epps in 2014.

For the season, Papallo has 11 catches for 211 yards. Both are team highs.

Papallo and the Owls play their home opener this Friday against Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Jess Dow Field. 

Jackson pockets first college goal

NEW HAVEN — Fortunes at SCSU were more favorable this weekend for the field hockey team. Sparked by Cheshire’s Kiley Jackson, the Owls defeated Franklin Pierce 3-2 in overtime on Sunday.

Jackson scored Southern’s first goal of the game 4:47 into the second quarter. The sophomore forward dribbled in on net, then dribbled around a sliding Franklin Pierce goalkeeper, to record the first goal of her first college career.

While at Cheshire High, Jackson was an All-State and All-Record-Journal player.

This year’s SCSU team features two Cheshire products. Julia Schaff, a senior, is a starter on defense. She played all 60 minutes on Sunday.

The Owls, now 1-2, host No. 8 Adelphi at Jess Dow Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

YMCA finalizing fall soccer plans

MERIDEN — The Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA is still taking signups for its fall soccer program, whick kicks off this coming Sunday, Sept. 19.

The program is open to players ages 4-9. It will feature skills and drills clinics and weekly games run by YMCA coaches in partnership with Vale Soccer.

The program runs through Nov. 7 at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center. Sessions are 9-10 a.m. for ages 4-6 and 10-11 a.m. for ages 7-9.

Fees are $50 for full members and $80 for program members. For more information, call 203-235-6386 or visit

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