FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Maloney, Sheehan soccer keep good times rolling; Meriden Co-op stays in the fast lane; Bernabucci buries 27 kills: Platt’s ‘Big 3’ big again

Both the Maloney and Sheehan girls soccer teams continued their exceptional 2021 seasons Friday with victories on the road.

Maloney routed Bloomfield 8-0 in a CCC interdivisional game at Phil Rubin Stadium, while Sheehan pulled past East Haven 3-1 in a SCC crossover at Frank Crisafi Field.

Goalie Cassidy Colaccico and the Spartans, with their sixth straight win (and sixth straight shutout), improved to 8-1-1.

The Titans, 7-0-2 in their last nine, are now 8-2-2.

At 8-1-1, Maloney owns the second best record in the Central Connecticut Conference behind only Glastonbury (9-0-1). The Spartans rank third in Class LL behind Glastonbury and Fairfield Ludlowe (10-1-1).

As for the Titans, they are tied for third with Mercy in the Southern Connecticut Conference behind Sacred Heart Academy (8-0-3) and Amity (8-1-2). They rank No. 8 in the Class M playoff points.

In Bloomfield, the Spartans got goals from eight different scorers. Molly and Morgan Marcuss found the back of the net along with Daisy Delgado, Mackenzie McCormack, Aleyna Boluk, Michaela Wrinn, Bria Benigni and Kiariana Williams.

 Amy Casorla, Mia D'Angelo and Olivia Platt scored for Sheehan after East Haven grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:03 into the game.

Casorla pulled Sheehan even in the 15th minute. D’Angelo netted what proved to be the game-winner 2:18 into the second half. Platt provided insurance with just under 16 minutes to play.

Kate Casorla and Talia Crispino were credited with assists for Sheehan. Goalie Trinity LaValley made two saves.

Southington 0, Newington 0: The visiting Blue Knights played to their third straight CCC interdivisional tie and now stand at 5-1-5. Newington moved to 6-1-3.

Southington had the territorial advantage, outshooting Newington 12-5. Margaret Miller had four saves for the Blue Knights behind the stout defense of Riley Prozzo, Sage Carmody, Claire O’Neal and Sofia Scalise.

Wolcott Tech 4, Wilcox Tech 0: Led by Kendall Contadini’s four goals, host Wolcott Tech snapped the Tribe’s winning streak at four. 

Wilcox, now 8-3-1, was coming off a 1-0 victory over Goodwin Tech on Thursday. Natalie Strout scored the goal on an assist from Angela Zandri. Joyce Vecchitto chalked up a seven-save shutout.


Meriden Co-op 90, Bristol Eastern 82: Avery Benigni, Rylie Benigni and Sarah Kim were double-winners in Meriden’s CCC South triumph at the Malone Aquatic Center in Bristol.

The Co-op is now 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the division.

Avery Benigni out-raced the field in the 50-yard freestyle (26.96) and 100 butterfly (1:05.57).

Rylie Benigni brought home both distance freestyle. The sophomore tuched in 2:12.52 in the 200 and 6:00.84 in the 500.

Kim collected gold in the 100 free (1:00.27) and 100 backstroke (1:04.94).

Kim and the Benignis also swam on both freestyle relays. They took the 200 in 1:55.91 with Katelyn Park. They captured the 400 in 4:16.97 with Madelyn Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald was also on the winning 200 medley relay with Kamryn Yepez, Kyla Evardone and Park (2:12.28). Individually, Fitzgerald won the 100 breaststroke (1:22.60).

Yepez also had a strong afternoon. Along with swimming on the medley relay, she won the 200 IM (2:33.60).

Conard 97, Southington 87: The Blue Knights dipped to 5-2 with the loss to the Chieftain’s at West Hartford’s Cornerstone Aquatics Center.

Ella Nadeau scored another pair of victories, taking the 200 IM (2:17.02) and 500 freestyle (5:30.97). The sophomore also anchored the first-place 400 freestyle relay behind Julia Laszewski, Kendall Noonan and Emma Jekubovich (3:54.20).

Laszewski was first in the 200 free (2:05.45). Jekubovich had the fast time in the 100 backstroke (1:05.70).

The 50 freestyle went to Southington’s Alexis Strong in 26.60.


Maloney 3, Berlin 1: The Spartans pulled out a crucial 30-28 decision in the opening game en route to the CCC South victory in Berlin.

The full match score was 30-28, 25-12, 23-25, 25-13.

Savannah Bernabucci slammed down 27 kills, the new area high for the season, and setter Gracey Massicotte mustered 27 assists.

Both girls had 12 digs to back up libero Stephanie Cicio’s team-high 16.

They also hurt Berlin at the service line. Massicotte found the floor with 10 aces. Bernabucci served up six.

Maloney (12-3) also got excellent outings from Jylosdet Davila (7 kills, 8 digs), Xarianna Perez (4 kills, 12 digs) and Nadia Berrios (2 kills, 2 blocks).

Platt 3, Plainville 0: Big numbers from the “Big 3” produced the 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 CCC South victory in Plainville for the Panthers.

Eva Dudley chalked up 20 kills and 12 digs, while Emily Hart was sure-handed for 28 assists and nine digs.

Libero Isabella DeMatteo collected 18 digs as Platt improved to 7-8. Plainville fell to 11-4.

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