Dragon teams all win something

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Girls win first five lacrosse matches

Playing almost every day last week, the Lady Dragons showed that their opening day win was an omen of good things to come.

Cornwall defeated NFA 14-2, FDR 17-5, O’Neill 13-5 and Washingtonville 14-5. The Lady Dragons have mounted a balanced attack, with four different players contributing 10 or more goals.

In the closing seconds of the FDR match, an opposing player broke free and fired a close-range shot at the net, which goalkeeper Jess Gurrieri fielded cleanly to end the game.

Jess may have been the only Cornwall starter to play the entire contest. After the Dragons built a quick 10-0 lead, Coach Taryn Brechbiel shuffled her lineup for the rest of the afternoon.

Through their first five matches, the girls have outscored their opponents 72-23.

Goals-assists: Vangas 16-2, Incognoli 15-9, Shaw 12-1, McGuire 11-8, Kelsey 7-1, C. Fitzgerald 6-1, Dunning 4-2, Norton 1-0, Cavazza 0-4, Fay 0-1, Mellon 0-1. Five-game totals.

St. Germain first in Mountie 800

Connor St. Germain stayed close to the lead in Suffern on Friday night. Then, with 100 yards to go, he sprinted to the front of the pack  to finish first in the metric half mile.

He was one of two Cornwall athletes to win an event in the Mountie Madness Meet on April 21. Liz Manderson couldn’t match her 119-foot toss from the previous week, but she still finished first in the discus — beating the runner-up by a matter of inches.

Sophomores Blaine Doyle and Seth Bywater didn’t finish among the leaders in the 1600-meter run, but they posted their fastest times ever.

GIRLS — 200 m: Kayla Meade (3) 26.55. 400 m: Gabby Fanning (3) 1:01.14. 1600 m: Meredith Hickman (3) 5:20.44, Hannah Mellino (6) 5:26.64. 400 relay: Ruotolo, Fanning, Gayle, Meade (2) 53.02. 800 relay: O’Flaherty, Richardson, Franco, Hickman (3) 1:57.63. Discus: Liz Manderson (1) 97-8. High jump: Kristen Henry (5) 4-6, Martine Louis (6) 4-6. Shot put: Isabella Fabrizio (6) 31-5.

BOYS — 400 m: Seth Goitia (2) 50.40. 800 m: Connor St. Germain (1) 1:58.41. 2000 steeplechase: Patrick Vilda (4) 6:59.96. 1600 relay: Olavarria, St. Germain, Denning, Goitia (3) 3:31.23.

Deja vu for the tennis team

The net men have faced four different opponents this year, but the results have been consistent. The Dragons have beaten O’Neill, Warwick, Washingtonville and Goshen by scores of 7-0.

Cornwall players have yet to lose a set. Dan Leach, at second singles, has yet to lose a game — having won every match by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

Won-loss records: Singles: Arora 4-0, Leach 4-0, Chin 4-0, Vyskocil 4-0. Doubles: Erwin-Lee 4-0, Jessup-Webber 4-0, Fazyullaev-Santorelli 4-0.

Golfers get victory at Storm King

It was a good way to end the week. Playing on their home course on Friday, April 21, the golfers posted their low round of the season and picked up their first victory.

Cornwall has won one of its five matches this season. Mike Bertotti and Gannon Yarmus have led the team on two occasions, and Dan Goetze had the low score in the most recent round.

April 18: Bertotti 43, Yarmus 48, Gomez 53, N. Goetze 59, McKenna 59. NFA 225 Cornwall 262. (Storm King GC)

April 19: Yarmus 28 (+4), Bertotti 30, Gomez 32, Goetze 37, McKenna 41. Kingston 142, Cornwall 168 (Storm King, 6 holes)

April 20: Bertotti 41, D. Goetze 43, Yarmus 49, N. Goetze 53, Gomez 56. Monroe-Woodbury 214, Cornwall 242 (Monroe CC)

April 21: Yarmus 41, D. Goetze 42, Bertotti 44, N. Goetze 51, McKenna 51. Cornwall 229, Burke 311 (Storm King GC)

April 24: D. Goetze 38, Bertotti 42, Yarmus 45, McKenna 56, N. Goetze 59. Goshen 232, Cornwall 240 (Stony Ford)

Baseball team rallies against Liberty

The Dragons had a long day on Saturday and a long ride to Liberty on Monday. But a three-run rally made the trip worthwhile.

Trailing 4-3 in the final inning, Cornwall tied the game on a single by Ian Engenito and took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Matt Krafft. The final score was 6-4 with Kevin Brady getting the win in relief.

On Saturday, the varsity players were busy. They attended Little League’s Opening Day ceremonies and then hosted a doubleheader — falling to Valley Central 6-0 and Port Jervis 1-0.

In the first game, the visitors scored all their runs in the second inning. Then reliever Alex Gomez shut them down the rest of the way.

In the nightcap, Port Jervis used a two-out squeeze bunt in the fifth inning to spoil an excellent outing by Jackson Geddes, who hurled a complete game and allowed just three hits.

The loss snapped Cornwall’s winning streak against league rivals. The Dragons had extended the streak to 23 games on April 18 with a 6-1 win at Port Jervis.

SEASON — Batting ave.: Krafft .440, Sottolano .400, Mike Carton .350, D’Ambrosio .304. Wins: Kevin Brady 3, Weis 1. Saves: Kyle Brady 1. Team record: 4-4.

Boys outscore Middies in lacrosse

Victories haven’t come easy this season, but the Dragons had a strong home game against Middletown on April 24. They won 11-4, as Kyle O’Brien stopped 17 shots, drawing repeated cheers from the home fans. Cameron Growney scored the final goal of the afternoon — racing through a gauntlet of sticks, holding onto the ball, and finding the net at close range.

Things looked good for the Dragons on April 21, but visiting Clarkstown scored the last three goals of the afternoon for a 10-9 victory in overtime. Jack Gaillard had three scores, including one in the first half when the Dragons were shorthanded. Jack faked a ground shot and then slipped the ball over the goalie’s lowered stick.

“You gotta love our eighth-graders,” Assistant Coach Dave Corey said after Gaillard’s goal. The Dragons with a young team have a 2-4 record (including a loss to Kingston on April 19). They have yet to face a league opponent.

Goals-assists (last 3 games): Gaillard 9-4, Cabrera 7-1, Growney 4-1, Rose 1-4, Donovan 1-0, Musco 1-0, Havey 0-1.

Softball girls see averages soar

It was a good week for batting averages, as the Lady Dragons defeated Monticello and O’Neill by identical scores of 16-1. Both games were shortened to five innings.

Lil DeSharnais pounded a pair of triples and a home run in the April 19 victory at Monticello. Tori Reich had three hits in the April 24 home game against O’Neill.

Sarah Stevens and Victoria Crozier got credit for the wins on the mound. Megan Sanchez relieved for an inning in Monticello and struck out the side.

2 GAMES — Hit leaders: Reich 6, DeSharnais 5, J. Garcia 4, Kurtz 4, Sanchez 4, Zamparelli 3.


Ken Cashman