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.
After almost a month of waiting for final results, Newtown’s Winterset Ski Club has finally learned it finished first in the 2013 Winter Carnival. The Annual event, hosted by the Connecticut Ski Council, was held at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, March 1-3. This was the first time Winterset won the event, after having participated for more than 20 years.
Newtown High School softball player Jess Gibbons believes there should be an asterisk next to her name in the record books. Even so, the senior slugger is — in fact — the school’s all-time hits leader. Gibbons broke a tie with 2010 graduate Kate Bowen, and did so with a bang, crushing her sixth homerun of the season in a 12-0 blanking of visiting New Fairfield on April 29.
Newtown High School’s softball team made it five straight wins with four lopsided victories this past week. The Nighthawks also made it five straight games with a double-digit scoring performance. Newtown blanked Immaculate of Danbury 12-0 on April 24, crushed Pomperaug of Southbury 10-2 the next day, beat New Fairfield 12-0 on April 29, and toppled Bunnell of Stratford 10-2 on May 1 to carry a 10-3 (8-1 in South-West Conference play) record into a May 3 clash with Masuk of Monroe.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off a five-game losing streak with a pair of wins — both comebacks, but one of which ended as a lopsided affair, and the other a nail-biter — to close out play in the month of April with a 5-6 overall record.
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.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track team defeated three opponents in a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 30, and the NHS boys’ squad defeated one opponent and lost to two others in a meet at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on April 29. Both squads had several standout performances. Results are as follows: