Ten Fairfield County student-athletes have been nominated by our sports editors and broadcasters for the HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 1 of the 2018 spring sports season— sponsored by OrthoConnecticut. Check out the nominees and vote for your picks.
The week 1 winners (voting will be open until Sunday, April 15, at 11:59 pm) will be announced on Coffee Break on Monday, April 16 at 11 a.m. on HAN.Network.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Tanner Strub, Darien boys lacrosse
Strub dominated the faceoff X, winning 17-of-22 to help the Blue Wave roll to a 14-4 victory over the Torrey Pines Falcons Friday night at DHS. Strub lost just two faceoffs during the first half as Darien built a 7-2 advantage. He also scored a goal to put the Wave ahead, 3-2, with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter, and they never relinquished the lead.
Drew Rogers, Staples baseball
Walker clubbed a three-run walkoff home run to give the Wreckers a 5-3 victory over Xavier in their season on Saturday in Westport. Walkers’ homer came with Staples one out away from a loss. He finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Robby Buhrendorf, Trumbull boys lacrosse
Buhrendorf made 10 saves to help lead the Trumbull Eagles to a 9-8 win over the Greenwich Cardinals last Wednesday at THS. It was the first time the Eagles’ boys lacrosse team has defeated Greenwich.
Mathew Tiplady, Stamford baseball
Tiplady was in control has he pitched 6 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts and only surrendering 3 hits in the Black Knights 5-0 victory over Trinity Catholic.
Ryan Gabriele, Wilton baseball
Gabriele got the Wilton baseball team’s season off on the right foot in the Warriors’ 3-0 win over Weston on Thursday. He started and allowed only three hits over five innings to get the win, striking out eight.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Julia Ozimek, New Canaan girls lacrosse
Ozimek led a strong defensive effort for New Canaan in its tough three-game stretch to start the season. A senior co-captain, Ozimek guarded the opposing teams’ best attackers and limited them to two goals or fewer in each game. The Rams went 2-1, as they lost to Westhampton Beach 9-8 in OT, and defeated FCIAC rival Wilton 6-4, and Yorktown 8-7 during a span of four days.
Kaitlyn Capobianco, St. Joseph softball
Capobianco went 3-for-3 with a single, triple and home run in the Cadets’ 8-3 victory over Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J., on Sunday. She scored once and drove in four runs as St. Joseph evened its season mark at 1-1.
Grace Fahey, Greenwich girls lacrosse
Fahey led the way for the Cardinals as her five goals helped defeat the Ridgefield Tigers 20-10, Saturday in Greenwich. The Cards have now won their last two games after losing their first game of the season to Ludlowe, 9-8.
Caitlin Slaminko, Ridgefield girls lacrosse
Slaminko was a bright spot in the Tigers’ 20-10 loss to Greenwich. The sophomore midfielder scored a game-high six goals and forced six turnovers.
Trinadey Santiago, Danbury softball
Santiago, a freshman, powered the Hatters offense going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a grand slam in Danbury’s 19-11 win over New Fairfield.
Vote below by Sunday, April 15, 2018:
The voting has ended for the week. Watch Coffee Break on HAN.Network this Monday, Apr 16, at 11 AM, to find out who won.
Watch Coffee Break and Nutmeg Sports on HAN.Network on Monday, April 16 to find out this weeks winners.