Former Newtown Youth Lacrosse player Joe Banno made Major League Lacrosse (MLL) debut on April 27 in a game that was aired on ESPN3.
Banno, a goaltender who went on to play at Notre Dame-Fairfield and Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. (class of 2012), played the second half of the Rochester Rattlers’ game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks — last year’s MLL champions — in St. Petersburg, Fla. He made 14 saves and allowed five goals in one half of action, the second half, in a 17-14 loss.
NORTHFIELD, VT — The Norwich University Cadets, ranked number one in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), closed their lacrosse season with a 9-7 win over the second-ranked Mt Ida College to capture the program’s first-ever GNAC championship, at home in Northfield on April 27. Judd Baggett, of Newtown, contributed in the win as an offensive midfield player.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team made it four wins in five games and kicked off a regular-season closing four-game homestand with an 11-6 win over South-West Conference rival New Milford at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 7.
The Nighthawks improved to 7-6 and, in doing so, clinched a berth in state tournament play by ensuring a winning percentage of at least .400. Newtown also bolstered its SWC playoff positioning by dropping the Green Wave to 8-5.
A big part of the reason Maura Fletcher, coach of the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team, schedules ultracompetitive, nonconference battles is wins like the two Newtown had this past week. The Nighthawks sandwiched a hard-fought 7-6 loss to Wilton out of the FCIAC on May 4 with a pair of lopsided wins over South-West Conference foes Notre Dame-Fairfield and Pomperaug of Southbury.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, with wins over Joel Barlow of Redding and Masuk of Monroe this past week, improved to 10-2 overall, heading into the final three matches of the campaign as the Nighthawks gear up for a run at the South-West Conference championship match.
Beginning in about a week, Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team will focus on trying for back-to-back South-West Conference tournament championships — the team semifinals are scheduled for May 16, with the finals slated for May 20.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off an 11-3 setback to New Fairfield on May 4 with a 13-4 drubbing of New Milford in its next game, two days later. Not exactly nail-biting games, but these are not good examples of what this spring, on the whole, has been like for the Nighthawks. In fact, each of the seven games before the New Fairfield contest were battles, and nine of 16 games overall have been one- or two-run contests.
Four members of the Newtown High School Rowing Club competed in the Long Island Junior Championship Regatta, racing for GMS from New Milford, on May 5. The race was in Oyster Bay, Long Island, and was 1,500 meters long.
Anthony Vournazos raced a JV single race and placed second in his heat, earning a silver medal. He also placed second overall between the two heats with the second best time out of 18 entries.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team had a lopsided win and hard-fought defeat, and the golf and tennis squads continue to compete at a high level. A recap of these Nighthawk teams from the final days of April:
Laxmen Fall To Barlow, Rout West Springfield
The boys’ lacrosse team suffered a 9-4 loss to Joel Barlow of Redding on April 24. Deegan Beauchemin scored two goals in the setback.