AROUND THE HORN: Cortez a catalyst for AMC; Davis delivers first college TD; Berndt racing for Modified crown; Hunter GC results

NEW HAVEN — Kelvin Cortz of Meriden scored his third goal in as many games to power the Albertus Magnus College men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Great Northeast Athletic Conference foe Rivier University on Saturday.

Kelvin Cortez scored the first goal and set up Liam O'Brien of Guilford for the second.

The junior out of Wilcox Tech now has five goals and one assist on the season for  Albertus (4-1-2, 2-0-1 GNAC).

The Falcons continue their GNAC slate with a road game against the University of Saint Joseph on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Also suiting up for AMC are Ben Pierce and Denis Blandon of Meriden, E.J. Gonzalez and Andres Diosa of Cheshire, and Yahya Kardad of Wallingford.

Kardad has two goals and one assist on the season, while Pierce has one goal and one assist. Gonzalez is a starter on defense.

Blandon, a midfielder/forward, has played in all but one game. Diosa, a freshman, is a backup goaltender.

Davis, Papallo shine for SCSU football

NEW HAVEN — Wallingford’s Jordan Davis and Meriden’s Tylon Papallo were two of the few bright spots for Southern Connecticut State University football in this weekend’s 27-7 loss at Jess Dow Field to Northeast-10 Conference rival Pace.

Davis broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to account for Southern’s scoring.

The Sheehan grad finished with 82 yards on five carries. The touchdown was the first of his college career.

Papallo, a Platt product, had a team-high four receptions for 56 yards.

SCSU (0-3, 0-1 NE-10) travels to Manchester, N.H. this weekend to face St. Anselm.

Berndt in hunt for Speedbowl crown

WATERFORD — With a victory in this weekend’s feature race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Meriden native Eric Berndt closed the gap in the points chase in the track’s SK Modified Division.

Berndt is within 12 points of division leader and defending champion Todd Owen with two races left on the 2022 schedule.

Starting third in the 16-car starting grid this past week, Berndt quickly bolted into the lead and held it through a series of restarts and repeated attacks, including from Owen. It was the sixth victory of the season at the Speedbowl for Berndt.

Hunter golfers swing into September

MERIDEN — The Hunter Women’s Golf Club capped a busy August that saw Connie Bird, M.J. Petretto and Judy Soprano win feature tournaments, while the Hunter Men’s Club played the Fall Classic and 2-Man Stableford over the past two weekends.

Jason Komerowski won the Fall Classic with a 5-over-par 76, breaking a deadlock with Larry Michaud on a match of cards. Steve Mandeville and Geoffrey Dzubin both came in at 6-over 77.

This weekend, P.J. Morgan and Doan Nguyen teamed for the victory in the 2-Man Stableford. They shot a 159 gross and were plus-1 to quota. Del Weston and Bruce Bader came in at 160, minus-3.

In the women’s tournaments, Bird and Petretto posted low scores on three occasions. Bird bagged the Odd Holes, Low Net 2 and the Maggie 2. Petretto pocked the Low Gross 2, T&F and Even Holes.

Soprano fended off Bird and Petretto in the Mutt & Jeff 2 Tournament. Bird was runner-up that day and Petretto was third.

Low net scores in August were posted by Dawn Luhn, Lisa Bishop, Sherri Gracia, Myra Reynolds and Soprano. Noreeen Clark was second to Bird in the Low Net 2 Tournament.


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