North Haven Boys’ Tennis Sees Winning Week; Golf and baseball teams earn shares

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By Chris Piccirillo/Zip06.com • 05/15/2022 4:06 PM EST

Boys tennis

The North Haven men’s tennis team improved to 7-10 this season after winning three of their four matchups last week. North Haven picked up wins over Career, Wilbur Cross and West Haven to go with a loss to Guilford in a recent game.

The Nighthawks picked up a 6-1 road win over Career on May 9. Senior Ben Rudikoff took a 6-3, 6-2 win for North Haven in singles match #2. Junior Billy Lipinski took a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 10-5 for third place in singles; while second Nathan Oh won his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.

The next day, North Haven suffered a 5-2 loss to Guilford in another road game. Rudikoff posted a 6-3, 7-5 win for second in singles; and junior Jess Hansard picked up a 7-5, 6-3 victory in fourth place in singles for the Nighthawks.

On May 11, North Haven hosted Wilbur Cross and won the contest by a score of 6-1. Freshman Seth Tobin took a 6-3, 6-2 win in singles match No. 1. Rudikoff posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout for second overall in singles; and Hansard won their singles match No. 4 by the final count of 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-6.

In the doubles court, the Nighthawks No. 1 team of Justin Geremia and Oh took a 6-3, 6-1 victory. North Haven’s No. 2 team of second-year Parthiv Patel and rookie Nick Sabina won 6-1, 6-2; while the No. 3 tandem of junior Evan Looney and junior Alex Ranciato won their contest by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

Then on May 13, the Nighthawks were on the road to face West Haven and picked up a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils. Rudikoff notched a 6-0, 6-0 win for second place in singles; and Hansard picked up a 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 fourth-overall singles victory for the Nighthawks. North Haven’s doubles teams of Geremia-Oh (6-1, 6-1), Patel-Sabina (6-2, 6-2) and Looney-Ranciato (6-1, 6-3) were also victorious.

Girls tennis

The North Haven women’s tennis team had a busy spell with five matches in five days last week. The Nighthawks came away with wins in two of those contests to improve to 11-5 this season.

North Haven suffered a 4-3 home defeat to Cheshire on May 9. The following day, the Nighthawks hosted Guilford and edged the Grizzlies by the final score of 4-3. Freshman Sophia Padro won a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision for North Haven in singles match #2. North Haven’s senior doubles team Noelle Carmody and Zenna Mohamed took the win 6-1, 6-4. The No. 2 duo of Chandler Morris and Samantha Ide took a 6-4, 6-4 win; and the No. 3 tandem of Emily Cerasoli and Anna Hansard took a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

On May 11, North Haven suffered a 7-0 loss to Amity in a road game. The following day, the Nighthawks traveled to Milford to take on Foran and secured a 7-0 win over the Lions. Senior Ally Vollero recorded a 6-0, 6-0 shutout in singles game No. 1. The Nighthawks also had wins from Padro (6-0, 6-0), senior Taylor Morris (6-2 , 6-0) and junior Risa Tobin (6-0, 6-0) at the No. 2-4 singles spot, respectively. The Nighthawks were also bolstered by straight-set wins from their doubles teams of Carmody and Mohamed (6-1, 6-0), Chandler Morris and sophomore Alyssa Cherian (6-0, 6-1), and Cerasoli and Hansard (6-0, 6-0).

North Haven closed out their week dropping a 4-3 decision to Hand on May 13. Padro (6-1, 6-4), Taylor Morris (6-3, 6-1) and Tobin (6-0, 6-1) won their singles matches for the Nighthawks.

Golf for boys

The North Haven men’s golf team improved to 6-6 on the year after splitting two games last week. The Nighthawks picked up a victory over Lyman Hall before suffering a loss to Sheehan in recent action.

North Haven started their week with a 215-241 road win over Lyman Hall at Wallingford Country Club on May 10. Freshman Will Sagnella took medal honors by scoring a low 49 for the Nighthawks. Sophomore Kevin Lawlor scored a 52, sophomore Chris Labanara finished with a 53, senior Brady Connolly shot a 57, and sophomore Dinny LaDore scored a 61.

The following day, the Nighthawks hosted Sheehan at Tradition Golf Club and lost to the Titans by the final score of 189-195. Labanara was the medalist of the match with a score of 42 for North Haven. Sagnella shot a 49, Lawlor shot a 51, and juniors Chris Basmadjian and Connolly both posted scores of 53 in the contest.

Baseball

The North Haven baseball team improved to 7-10 this season after winning two of its four games last week. The Nighthawks picked up wins over East Haven and Branford to go with losses to Xavier and Amity for a week-long breakdown.

North Haven suffered a 6-0 home loss to Xavier on May 9. The next day, the Nighthawks were on the road to face East Haven and took a 6-2 victory over the Yellowjackets. North Haven then suffered a 7-0 loss to Amity in a home match on 11 May. The Nighthawks capped out their week with a 7-5 road win over Branford in a Saturday afternoon game on May 14.

Soft ball

The North Haven softball team won one of its four games last week and is now 9-8 on the year. North Haven suffered losses to East Haven, Hamden and West Haven before defeating Mercy in last week’s competitions.

On May 9, the Nighthawks suffered an 8-3 loss at home to East Haven. Rookie Alyssa DiGiovanna had 3 hits including a brace for North Haven in the game.

The following day North Haven were on the road to face Hamden and lost the match by a score of 12-5. Junior Kayla Balisiciano and sophomore Ava Carlson both had 2 hits for the Nighthawks in the contest.

Then, on May 11, the Nighthawks played a road game against West Haven and lost a 6-3 decision to the Blue Devils. DiGiovanna hit a triple and had 2 RBIs for North Haven.

Two days later, North Haven hosted Mercy and picked up a 10-0 shutout in the contest. Sophomore Nina DeMennato threw a complete shutout for the Nighthawks. Senior Anna Schepisi hit a pair of 2-run homers in the win. Junior Maria Lockery and sophomore Izzy Blanchard had 2 hits apiece for North Haven.

Outdoor track for boys

The North Haven boys’ outdoor track team suffered two losses in a triple meet at Amity High School on May 9. The Nighthawks lost a 95-55 decision to Xavier and lost to Amity by a 105-45 final to improve to 5-4. on the season.

Senior Cole DeCusati finished first in the shot put (44-9) and discus (134-1.75) for North Haven in the meet. Senior Matthew O’Connell took first place in the long jump (19-1.75) and pole vault (11-0).

Girls Lacrosse

The North Haven women’s lacrosse team suffered three losses last week to improve to 4-11 for the season. The Nighthawks lost two games to Mercy before ending the week with a loss to Amity.

North Haven suffered a 15-10 loss to Mercy in a home game on May 10. Senior Shea Saracino scored 3 goals for North Haven in the competition. Senior Eliza O’Connor and senior Liz Hansen both scored 2 goals. Senior Sophia Dorio, senior Riley Minns and second Catherine Bianchi added 1 goal each. Junior goaltender Gabby Barry made 15 saves in net for the Nighthawks, who were led by seniors Lauren Bogaert and Jenna Pine in defense.

The next day, the Nighthawks faced Mercy on the road and lost to the Tigers by that same final 15-10. Saracino scored 5 goals for North Haven. Minns scored 2 goals, while O’Connor, Dorio and Hansen all scored 1 goal. Dorio also got 4 assists in the contest. Senior Hannah Sommer made 15 saves in goal.

Then on May 12, North Haven traveled to Woodbridge to face Amity and suffered a 16-3 loss to the Spartans. Saracino, Hansen and Dorio scored the goals for the Nighthawks in the game. Senior Erin Johns, junior Aisling Pretty and second Kylie Pollard played solid defense on the North Haven backline.

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