Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team defeated Bethel and Notre Dame-Fairfield this week to improve to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in South-West Conference play heading into a May 15 scheduled visit to FCIAC foe New Canaan. The Newtown boys’ lacrosse team, after beating Notre Dame, suffered a tough double overtime loss to nonconference opponent Glastonbury to stand at 10-3 (4-1) heading into scheduled home games with Stratford and Staples of Westport on Wednesday and Thursday.
Matt Memoli has played in, and coached, a lot of baseball games — recreation, high school, and collegiate ball included. Until a May 10 visit to Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bluefish, he’d never been a part of anything like this one: a wild 16-15 Newtown High School victory over Masuk of Monroe. A game in which his Nighthawks overcame football-like 8-0 and 15-6 deficits to somehow steal a victory.
Thirteen has proven to be a lucky number for Newtown High School’s softball team lately. That’s the run total the Nighthawks put up on the scoreboards in three of four games — all wins — this past week, as they made it five straight wins and improved to 10-6 overall (8-3 in South-West Conference) heading into a May 15 scheduled clash with Lauralton Hall of Milford. The Hawks defeated host New Milford 13-0 on May 7, defeated visiting Stratford 13-1 on May 9, and came from behind to beat Brookfield 7-5, in a road game on May 12, before returning home to topple Bethel 13-0 on May 13. All of those blowouts were shortened games, ended via the 12-run lead mercy rule.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams experienced some success in their meets this week as the competitors work toward spots in the South-West Conference and state championship meets. The girls visited Bunnell High in Stratford on May 5 and earned three wins, defeating the host Bulldogs 106.5-43.5, Notre Dame-Fairfield 140-10, and Lauralton Hall of Milford 137-13. The boys, in a home meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 6, beat Notre Dame 115-25 and fell to Bunnell as the Bulldogs scored 81.5 and Newtown had 68.5.
Give Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team a high five. The Nighthawks, in holding their past handful of opponents to an average of a little more than five goals per game, made it five wins in a row and improved to 9-2 overall, heading into a May 8 scheduled visit to Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Nighthawks defeated visiting Bethel 14-6 at Treadwell Park on May 6. They’ve given up six or fewer goals seven times this spring, something Coach Glenn Adams knows gives his team a good chance for a win on any given day.
The nine-time South-West Conference champion Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team has long feasted on SWC foes and had its battles/playoff tune-ups with tough nonconference teams. Things are changing a little, and that’s just fine with Coach Maura Fletcher.
It was a successful week for Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team as the Nighthawks went on the road and toppled New Fairfield 5-2 on May 2 then bested host Pomperaug of Southbury and visiting Joel Barlow of Redding, both by 4-3 scores, May 5 and 6.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off a 7-3 loss to host Bunnell of Stratford on May 2 with a 9-5 victory at New Fairfield on May 6. The Nighthawks fell 2-0 to the New Milford Green Wave on May 7 and carried a 5-8 overall record (4-4 in South-West Conference action) into the second week of May.