The Rocky Hill Terriers earned a spot in the postseason after ousting the previously undefeated Cromwell/Portland Panthers 28-6 at Pierson Park on the eve of Thanksgiving.
It was the second straight year that the Terriers beat the Panthers in the regular season finale, dubbed the Shunpike Showdown, also winning 9-7 last Thanksgiving.
But unlike last year---when the Berlin player eligibility punishment inadvertently cost the Terriers a playoff spot---the team officially qualified for the playoffs.
“Every since the whole scenario went down last year, this has been a goal of ours to get into the playoffs,” said Rocky Hill head coach Mark Fritz, “These guys have been working for it ever since that happened, so it’s nice to see it pay off for them. I’m so happy for them and you can see it in their faces how happy they are. It’s a great experience.”
Although the scoreboard was lopsided, the playoff-clinching victory wasn’t easy and the final wasn’t indicative of how evenly-match the neighboring teams are.
The mirror-image squads battled to a scoreless tie for the first 21 game minutes until both offenses found pay dirt in the latter minutes of the first half.
The Terriers touchdown came at the 2:17 mark of the second quarter. Facing a 3rd and 15 from the 30-yard line, junior quarterback Danny Cavallaro looked off the safety to his left before throwing a perfectly placed dart to the right corner of the end zone, which was hauled down by Matt Osgood.
Cromwell quickly countered when Kristian Sapp scored on a 10-yard sweep with under a minute to play in the half. Sapp’s touchdown was set up by a 59-yard sprint from Jon Siena.
With the score 7-6 at the break, the game seemed destined for an ending similar to a year ago when Rocky Hill won on a safety late in the fourth quarter.
However unlike last year, Wednesday’s game was decided on a special team’s shift in the third quarter.
Midway through the quarter, Rocky Hill’s Dante Baker blocked a punt, which was scooped up by Will White at the 23-yard line. Two plays after the block, Cavallaro hooked up with Grant Nieves on a 22-yard scoring strike and the floodgates opened.
“We actually never go for blocks. We weren’t trying to block it there, but it was just a great effort play,” said Fritz, “That was just a great player, making a great play in a big game. It was a huge momentum boost for our guys.”
Nieves added another touchdown on the following drive when the senior busted through the heart of the Panthers defense and high stepped the final 40 yards, increasing the road team’s lead to 21-6.
Joe Catania put the finishing touches on the victory early in the fourth quarter when he found a seam down the right sidelines for a 55-yard scoring dash.
Nieves and Catania had to grind out yards in the first two quarters, but things opened up in the second half and the duo combined for 325 rushing yards thanks to the long scoring runs and an exceptional effort from the team’s workhorse offensive line.
“Without the guys up front we can’t get a push at all. If we can get that push we can run the football downfield, that’s how Rocky Hill football always is,” said Catania, who got most of his yards after initial contact, “They’re a very good team. They’re brutal and they hit very hard, so coming into this game I knew I had to run my hardest.”
Captain Damon Lonero is one of the cogs up front that helped pave the way for the two backs.
“It was a tough game. The first half wasn’t going so well and we were struggling on offense, but we were finally able to move the ball. It feels great,” said Lonero, who is also the team’s kicker and made all four of his extra points.
The do-it-all senior also helped anchor the team’s defensive line, which limited the high-powered Panthers offense to a single score.
Cromwell/Portland entered the game averaging 41 points per game, but was held to their lowest point total since the finale last Thanksgiving.
“Our front seven did a great job. They took the challenge personally. We reminded them all week what they were averaging and they really did a great job,” added Fritz, “They did what we asked them to do and they played fast and aggressive. We relied on everyone to do their job and it really showed out there tonight.”
The home Panthers, who were without starting quarterback Bryce Karstetter, relied heavily on their normally potent ground game, which was held well below their season average.
Replacement signal caller Liam Coleman completed a pair of passes downfield early in the second half, but defensive captain Ricky Montalvo sacked him twice and Rocky Hill’s pass defense came up with a handful of drive-killing plays on the cold evening.
Nieves and Hunter Held each intercepted passes and Osgood, White, and Jack Hansen combined to deflected several passes.
“We put them in tough spots, we asked them to stop the run while playing the pass. They’re great athletes, so they’re playing in space a lot, which means they’re making one-on-one tackles or playing man coverage. They stepped up to the challenge,” Fritz said of the team’s secondary, “They made a lot of pass breakups tonight and they made a lot tackles tonight. It really helps our defense play fast and confident when they're doing those types of things.”
Despite the loss, Cromwell also qualified for the Class S postseason after finished the regular season with an identical 9-1 record.
It was a completely different story from a year ago, when both teams finished 8-2 and each missed out on the dance.
Cromwell/Portland was in the postseason regardless of the results Wednesday night. Rocky Hill could have lost and still gotten in with some help, but the motivated bunch didn’t want to leave it up to chance.
“This year we played every game with a chip on our shoulder,” added Catania, “We knew every game counts, no matter who we were playing. Everybody knew what we had to do.”
Wethersfield Wins Thriller over Newington
Senior Austin Stefano nailed a 19-yard field goal in the final seconds as Wethersfield edged Newington 20-19.
Wide receiver Tevin Walker set up the game-winning field goal when he made a spectacular one-handed catch on 4th and 18 to extend the drive.
It was the fourth straight season that Wethersfield has defeated their rival and the victory was the Eagles second in a row, finishing the season with a record of 5-5.
The loss ended an up and down season for Newington, who lost their final three games to finish a 3-7 campaign. The Indians crowning moment of the season was upsetting Middletown 27-24 back on Oct 28.
The team will lose leading tackler Luke Pappalardo, multidimensional quarterback Isaac Ortiz, leading receiver Jared Simmons, and defensive studs Nate Alleyne and Matthew McKinnon to graduation.
Leading rusher Aveontae Frazier, along with Roberto Sanchez, Brandon Kamansky, and Connor Brennan will all be returning next season.
Middletown Falls to Windsor in Finale
Middletown lost in heartbreaking fashion last Wednesday night, falling to undefeated Windsor 21-17.
It was team’s sixth straight loss to Warriors of Windsor, dating back to 2009.
The Blue Dragons drove for the potential game-winning score, but quarterback Tyshaun James was stopped just short of the goal line on fourth down.
James, who finished with 149 yards on the ground, ran for two first-half scores and Middletown led 17-9 at the break, but Windsor scored the games final dozen points, including the go-ahead score on a 90-yard fumble return.
Despite the loss, Middletown (8-2) qualified for the Class L playoffs.
Newington native Karley Welles grew up on the soccer field, idolizing footballers Mia Hamm and David Beckham.
However when high school rolled around, Welles decided to change course and join the field hockey program at Newington High.
“I always played soccer when I was younger, but I had previous ankle injuries and it got to the point that it wasn’t going to help my ankles,” said Welles, “So my freshman year I decided to try something new and I ended up falling in love with it.”
Little did she know back then that the sports swap would ultimately lead her to Southern Connecticut State University, as she continue her educational and field hockey journey.
Last Tuesday, the senior signed her letter of intent to join the Owls field hockey program at SCSU.
“I was looking at a lot of schools, but I wanted something that wasn’t too big but not too small, and something that was still close,” she reflected, “It was all about academics first. I toured the campus a couple of times and I went to games and I fell in love with it.”
Earlier this month, the Southern-bound star finished her senior season on the field for an Indians team that won nine of 15 contests and reached the postseason tournament for the third consecutive season.
The rise of the team’s success has correlated with the improvement and development of Welles, who had never played the sport prior to high school.
“I started my freshman year not knowing much about the sport and a bunch of us played on both JV and varsity. We kind of got thrown into games and I picked it up as I played. It has a lot of the same things as lacrosse or soccer,” added Welles, who has also played lacrosse since grade school, “Our freshman year we didn’t win many games, but this year we had a great record and we were in every game. We really improved as a team, so that’s a good accomplishment.”
The transition to the new sport wasn’t easy, but the natural athlete quickly picked up the nuances of the game and her skills allowed her to flourish on the field. She finished her high school career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (34), assists (35), and points scored (103).
Despite having productive sophomore and junior season, Welles again had to learn on the fly this past fall. She played forward for her first three years, but changed to center midfielder for the betterment of the team in 2016.
“We lost a lot of people last year, so I knew I was going to have to change positions. At first it was hard because I wasn’t fully conditioned and it was a lot of running, but I got used to it and I really enjoyed it,” said the three-time all-conference honoree, “At the beginning of the season I had 71 points and to be honest I thought it would be a stretch to get to 100, especially with the new position. I was really excited to get it.”
Her ability to adapt to a new sports and a new position is not surprising for an athlete that was raised surrounded by sports. Her older brother, Tim, was an all-conference golfer at NHS and her parents, Neil and Liz, have supported her throughout her sports odyssey.
“We’ve always been a sports family. My parents have been great, giving me the opportunities to do things like HTC (Field Hockey Club). For the last year and a half we’ve been doing tournaments all over the region. They’ve put a lot of time and effort into it and I really appreciate that,” said Welles, “My dad and I would go down to the field during the summer and he would help me become a better player.”
The Welles family also helps out with the Special Olympics during the summer, which coincidentally takes place at Southern Connecticut State University.
Welles commitment to the Special Olympics isn’t limited to the summer. She has been very involved with the school’s Unified Sports program, which is sponsored by the Special Olympics and allows students with physical and intellectual disability a chance to compete and train on school-sponsored sports teams.
“That’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing,” the young volunteer added.
The soon-to-be graduate is not done competing at a high school level and is unsure if she will play lacrosse this spring or if she will follow in her brother’s footstep and give golf a try.
Either way, she’s excited about the prospect of college life and playing field hockey at the next level.
At Southern she will be playing under the guidance of head coach Kelley Frassinelli, who is entering her 23rd season on the sidelines, and assistant coach Ann Farrier, who coached Welles during club field hockey.
“I’m excited to play for coach Frassinelli and coach Ann because they’re going to help me improve my skills and help make me the best that I can be,” added Welles, who will study either education or physical therapy, “I think Southern will be a great fit for me.”
Eagles Football Defeats Rival in JV Battle
Wethersfield’s junior varsity football team ended the season on a high note, scoring in all three phases of the game and blanking Newington 16-0 last Saturday morning.
Eagles quarterback Craig Elliott was back at the helm after missing a majority of the season with a concussion and he didn't miss a beat, throwing for the game’s only offensive touchdown early in the second quarter.
On the scoring play, the nimble quarterback improvised and rolled to his left before flipping the ball to Marc Generis in the end zone for a two-yard scoring toss.
“I was going to run it in, but then I saw that the cornerback stepped up and he was open. The easiest way to get there was a nice easy toss over the defender,” said Elliott, who has also played quarterback at the varsity level this season, “I was happy to be out there and help my team win. We had a good season and I was happy to come back for the final game.”
Wethersfield’s lead grew to 9-0 a few minutes later when a punt snap went over the head of the Newington punter and out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Late in the third quarter, Wethersfield completed the scoring-trifecta when Luke Saharek intercepted a pass near the left sidelines and returned it nine yards for the game’s final score.
“I saw the slant so I jumped it,” recalled Saharek, “We were in a coverage where I have to stay in the flats, so I just jumped it and got the pick.”
Saharek has been one of the defensive leaders on a unit that ended the season allowing a total of just 52 points in ten games.
“Our line stuffs people up the middle and our defensive backs lock down the receivers,” Saharek said of the swarming Eagles defense.
Jason Sharp and Dominic DiMarco also had interceptions, and Josh Cronkhite and Jarrett Livingston each had two sacks in the finale.
The shutout of Newington ended a successful season for the Eagles JV’ers, who finished with a record of 7-2-1.
“We’re a close group, we’re like family,” added Saharek, “We’re looking forward to playing varsity next year.”
The future of football in Wethersfield seems promising. The young Eagles, who dubbed themselves The League of Shadows, will no longer be in the shadows when they start playing under the bright Friday night lights next fall.
Kyle Vasquez had a Senior Night that he will not soon forget, scoring three touchdowns in Wethersfield’s 27-6 victory over Manchester last Friday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Eagles and improved their record to 4-5.
Vasquez, who is a hardnosed running back, rushed for 116 yards and scored two of his touchdowns on the ground.
But it was his first score that was less traditional and ultimately the difference maker.
With Wethersfield leading 3-0 in the third quarter, Manchester punter Dakhari Huggins had a snap sail over his head. Huggins was able to pick up the errant ball, but Wethersfield senior Stevenson Paul jarred the ball loose again and Vazquez pounced on it in the back of the end zone.
“It feels great,” said Vasquez, “It’s big because it was our last game here and everyone was doubting us because they score a lot of point, but we stopped them on defense.”
The senior captain also led the defensive charge, tallying a pair of sacks and a handful of other quarterback hurries.
“He’s extremely quick coming off the ball and he’s hard to block,” Wethersfield head coach John Campanello said of Vasquez, “He’s done a great job on both sides of the ball and he’s having a really nice year.”
Due to high winds and bitter cold temperatures, it took a while for Eagles offense to take flight, but the special teams and defense carried the load for the first two and a half quarters.
Kicking specialist Austin Stefano provide the only first-half points when he split the uprights from 25-yard out. The senior, who is better known as ‘Stin The Kicker’, also helped the Eagles win the field position battle, pinning his first two punts inside the 10-yard line.
“He adds a whole other dimension. I’ve even attempted a 55-yard this year, which I’ve never done before,” Campanello said of Stefano, who is also one of the team’s starting wide receivers, “It’s great to have that other dimension.”
Following Vasquez special teams-score, the offense began to exert their will against the visiting Indians, who came into the game with a record of 4-4.
Converted wide receiver Brendan Dowd played the entire game at quarterback for the Eagles. The junior ignited the offense with several clock-churning quarterback draws, including five in a row to set up the second score for Vasquez, who plunged in the final yard to extend the lead to 17-0 with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
The duo was able to grind out chunks of yards on the ground thanks to the play of the guys up front. Austin Harnish, John Tine, Conor Keane, Jonathan McAlister, and Avishek Das opened sizeable holes for the backs to run through.
Stefano added another 25-yard field goal and Vasquez polished off the scoring from four yards out with his final rushing touchdown.
Vasquez’ final touchdown was also set up by Dowd, who intercepted a pass after Manchester had cut the deficit to 20-6 on a touchdown run from Edison Galan.
On the play, the Indians were marching downfield in an effort to narrow the gap to a single score, but Dowd, who starts at middle linebacker, stepped in front of a pass from Galan and returned it 71 yards to the Manchester 14-yard line.
Dowd has done a little of everything this year and is the team’s third starting quarterback during a roller coaster season in Wethersfield. The team lost two-dozen seniors in the offseason to graduation and has battled injuries and hardship all season. Quarterbacks Tim Blaisdell and Craig Elliott, along with team captain Jamal Bagley, have missed a majority of the season due to injuries.
“They keep on competing and they keep on battling. It hasn’t been easy, but they’re hanging in and they keep on working hard and believing,” Campanello said of the resilient team, “I was glad that they got such a nice reward by playing such a good game. I thought it was the best overall game that we’ve played all year. This was a good club, they’ve been averaging over 30 points per game and I thought in all three aspect of the game we did a really nice job tonight.”
It was the third time this season that the Eagles defense has held to opposition under ten points and their best performance since shutting out Bristol Eastern back on Sept 23. Vasquez and Dowd made the biggest impact plays, but McAlister also registered two sacks and sophomore David Colon recovered a fumble in the first half.
The team and their 13 seniors have a chance to finish the season with as many wins as losses, if they can win their annual holiday bowl at Newington on the eve of Thanksgiving. The Eagles have won the last three contests against Newington, who will host the game and enter with a record of 3-6 following a zany 48-41 overtime loss to Conard last Friday.
“We need to practice hard all week and we need to be focused going into that game,” Vasquez said of the impending Newington game, which kicks off at 6 p.m.
“We’ve had a bit of an up and down year. To finish off winning the last two games would be a nice way to end the year,” added Campanello.
Sports Action You May Have Missed
Wethersfield field hockey lost the first 13 games of the season, but won two of their final three contests to end the regular season on a high note. The Eagles defeated Windsor 2-1 on Oct 28 behind goals from Emma Zaleski and Odalys DeJesus and then shutout Litchfield 3-0 on Senior Night thanks to a hat trick from Kaitlyn O’Brien.
Rocky Hill girls’ soccer upset Wolcott 1-0 in double overtime during the first round of the Class M tourney. Allison Grover set up the game-winning goal with a perfect corner kick and Grace Moore finished off the point with eight minutes remaining in the second overtime. Shutdown defender Marisa Anderson and goalie Samantha Steinman help preserve the tourney shutout.
Lukas Szymecki scored with 1:25 left in double overtime, helping Wethersfield boys’ soccer defeat Maloney 1-0 in the first round of the Class L tournament. Szymecki added two more goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory at Torrington in the second-round, which advanced the Eagles to the quarterfinals.
Cromwell girls’ volleyball was victorious in straight sets during their opening-round Class S tourney match against Two Rivers (25-8, 25-12, 25-9). Amaya Feitel had a postseason game to remember, serving up 14 aces and dishing out 13 assists. Ashley DellaRatta added seven aces, three kills, and a block shot in the victory. The Panthers then defeated the Academy of Science and Innovation in straight sets in the second round, behind 12 kills and five aces from Victoria Cholodecki.
Middletown girls’ soccer blanked Conard 4-0 in the opening-round of the Class LL finals. Amalia Sessoms scored a pair of goals and goalie Jillian Gordon stopped every shot. Alex Giardina and Courtney Vogel added the other two Blue Dragon goals.
Before each home game Ricky Montalvo leads the Rocky Hill football team onto the field carrying an American Flag.
“We started it this year,” said Montalvo, who offered a simple explanation for the new tradition, “It’s America.”
The middleclass may be the heartbeat of American, but Rocky Hill’s tenacious middle linebacker is the heart and soul of one of the hardest working units in the state.
Montalvo’s productivity and consistent play has earned him the respect of his opponents, teammates, and the coaching staff.
“Ricky's love for the game of football is evident in the way he plays the game. He is passionate and energetic, always playing with emotion,” Rocky Hill head coach Mark Fritz said about his senior captain, “Ricky has that special gift that makes others he plays with better.”
The Rocky Hill native is a three-year defensive starter and was a freshman when the Terriers last reached the postseason in 2013.
“This is best senior class that we’ve had since we were freshman and I think we’ll be remembered as one of the best classes that have come through Rocky Hill,” said Montalvo, who is one of nine seniors on team’s roster, “All of our seniors start and it’s a really close group.”
As juniors, the group came within a technicality of earning a playoff berth after defeating Cromwell/Portland in the regular season finale last Thanksgiving. Montalvo was the most valuable player of that game and is hoping for similar game results, but would love a chance to compete for a state title in December.
“That would mean so much to us, because we’ve been grinding every day since sophomore year,” Montalvo said of a potential postseason berth, “We had so many sophomore starters and we’ve been talking about this ever since youth football when we won the 8th grade championship.”
The team is off to their best start since the 2013 season, winning seven of eight games. Montalvo and his defensive mates have been instrumental in the success, shutting out three opponents and holding two others to a single score.
The 5’9”, 190 pounder is the perfect leader for a defensive corps that lacks size, but more than makes up for it with speed and tenacity. Some opponents may overlook Montalvo, but soon realize that he’s a heat-seeking missile that is capable of punishing ball carriers and quarterbacks with explosive hits.
The sure-tackling middleman has led the team in solo stops for the past three seasons and his production speaks for itself, but his coach believes that it’s his sixth sense which separates him from most other defenders.
“Ricky's best attributes on the field are his instincts. [He] has a natural feel for the game, combined with his in-depth preparation every week, “added Fritz, “Ricky plays fast, utilizing his athleticism to make up for his lack of size. [He] has a nose for the ball and often plays on the opponent’s side of the line of scrimmage.”
His incredible instincts have allowed him to flourish and he plays the game of football with a single mindset.
“You have to be able to read your reads, watch the guards and the hips of the quarterback,” he said, “But most of all you have to be aggressive and you can’t be scared to tackle.”
Montalvo comes from an athletic family. He has three sisters, one of whom is playing soccer at Conn College and his youngest sister, Isabella Montalvo, is a freshman on the Terriers’ soccer team.
Ricky too played soccer when he was younger, but switched to American football thanks to the influence of his father, who also played in high school.
He was instantly drawn to the contact sport and was primarily used as a running back, wearing #24 because of Marshawn Lynch, but he soon discovered that his aggressive nature was better suited on the defensive side of the ball.
Despite his tireless work as a linebacker, Montalvo often stays on the field for special teams and as a versatile weapon for Fritz and his offensive coaching staff to utilize.
“Ricky worked tremendously hard in the offseason. It's safe to say that no one was happy with how last season ended, especially Ricky. He spent a lot of time in the weight room getting stronger and faster,” Fritz said about Montalvo’s development, “He also took more ownership of the team, and expressed his willingness to do anything it takes to help the team win. This has been evident this season with his expanded role in the offense, playing tight end, receiver, and running back.”
Rocky Hill’s Swiss army knife would like to continue his football career in college, but he still has at least two more games remaining before he permanently unlaces his high school cleats.
The Terriers have a road game against Berlin this Friday at Sage Park (6:30) and then the highly anticipated rematch against Cromwell/Portland at Pierson Park on the eve of Thanksgiving at 6:00 p.m.
If all goes according to plan, the flag-wielding Montalvo may have some unfinished business on the gridiron beyond Thanksgiving.
“We came into the year with a lot of motivation because of what happened last year. I feel like we have so much momentum on our side,” added Montalvo, “I feel like this is the year.”
Indians Soccer Spoils Wethersfield’s Senior Night
Newington girls’ soccer closed out a solid regular season by defeating Wethersfield 2-1 at Cottone Field last Wednesday night.
“This was a bit of a battle and a tough one tonight. This is the rival game and [Wethersfield] knew they had to win this one and tomorrow night to win the conference and we knew all we had to do was win or tie tonight,” said Newington head coach Adam Wilkinson, “We went behind tonight and the girls showed a little character and I think that’s a good thing going into the tournament.”
The win clinched the Indians second conference (CCC-South) title in as many years and put the finishing touches on a 12-4 regular season.
Back on Sept 30th, the Indians also defeated Wethersfield by a single goal in Newington, but their second contest had a different vibe. The Indians controlled the first meeting from start to finish, but Wednesday night the home Eagles were celebrating Senior Night and came out firing on all cylinders, scoring the first goal.
Jane Rumley scored 19 minutes into action on a straightaway strike, providing the home a team a 1-0 advantage.
Rumley’s goal provided an early cushion and Wethersfield goaltender Mariana Carcia denied the road team’s normally potent offense for the first 38 minutes until senior Lindsey Fairbank turned the tide late in the first half. Fairbank evened the score on a deep kick, which found the top left corner on the net with 2:09 remaining before the break.
“Really I didn’t see that much, I just turned and shot it,” Fairbank said of the game-tying goal, “We just needed anything at that point.”
The teams remained deadlocked for a majority of the second half until Newington sophomore Maggie Callahan scored the go-ahead goal on a header following a perfect corner kick from Abby Molloy with 2:27 left in regulation.
The coach credited the late-half scores on the team’s conditioning and preparation.
“I’m very much a coach that if things are working I don’t change them much. I basically have my core 12 or 13 that I rely on, so when it comes to the end of a half these girls are still fit and are able to play full games,” Wilkinson said, “Maggie can run all day and she popped up at the right time.”
Wilkinson first joined the program four years ago when this year’s seniors were freshmen. He believes the experienced they’ve gain over the years have prepared them for moments like Wednesday night.
The class includes Fairbank, Karli Hellman, and Madison Lewicki, who have all played extensive minutes since their freshmen seasons. Jessica Veilleux, who joined the team as a junior, rounds out the group.
“It helps us work together as a team, because we know each other. We know how we play, we know how we work,” added Fairbank, “We’re all such good friends too and we all push each other to do better.”
Following Callahan’s goal, the home team had a few more chances to tie things up, but missed a couple of opportunities and the game officials ended the match with 17 seconds showing on the scoreboard. Apparently the clock had paused when it shouldn’t have and the head referee made the executive decision to end the game. It was yet another bizarre chapter in the bitter rival’s history book.
The Eagles played their regular season finale the following night, losing to Berlin 5-3 at Sage Park on Thursday. Despite ending the season with back-to-back losses, the team still qualified for the Class L tournament, which was a nice consolation prize for the six seniors that fell short on Senior Night.
Carcia, Madison Raposo, Aleah Livingston, Emma Peak, Megan Darrell, and Bianca Tata are the half dozen who are in their final days on the field. It’s a group that their head coach, Emily Fanelli, will not soon forget.
“This is a senior class that actually went to the semifinals with us two years ago and they were definitely the backbone and heart of the team, even being sophomores,” Fanelli said, “To see them grow for the last couple of years has been pretty awesome and I’ve enjoyed the ride with them because they’re genuine, passionate players. They play with so much heart.”
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