The spring sports season got underway during a dreary week of winter-like weather in Fairfield County. But that didn’t stop many of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference athletes from shining.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 20 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 1 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, April 11, at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Mondays through Wednesday at 2 at on HAN.Network.
The HAN Network spent the first week of spring sports providing live HD coverage of baseball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse (a girls’ tennis meet on our schedule was postponed by rain). Here are links to watch the games for free on-demand.
This week, HAN will have live baseball and boys lacrosse. Norwalk takes on Trinity Catholic baseball on Monday; Greenwich travels to Ridgefield for boys lacrosse on Tuesday; Stamford plays Staples in baseball on Wednesday; and we’ll have a Battle of the Sound lacrosse doubleheader live on Saturday featuring Darien vs. Manhasset (N.Y) and Garden City vs. Ridgefield. You can view the entire schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Danny Hoffmann, Trumbull Lacrosse
Hoffmann scored four goals, including the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining, in the Eagles 10-9 victory over St. Joseph on April 4. A junior Hoffmann tied a school record with eight goals in Trumbull’s 13-8 season-opening win over South Windsor. Hoffmann had four goals on Saturday in Trumbull’s 11-5 win at Pomperaug.
Andrew Matthews, Brien McMahon Baseball
Matthews had a win and a save during the first week of action, as the Senators began the season with three straight victories. On opening day, April 2, Matthews pitched two hitless innings to get the save in a 3-1 win over city rival Norwalk. He also had an RBI triple and walked to help the offense. On April 6, Matthews started got the win after pitching 5.2 innings. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three.
Drew Morris, New Canaan Lacrosse
Morris, the Rams’ junior goalie, collected 13 saves in New Canaan’ 8-7 victory over perennial state contender Fairfield Prep on April 6 at Dunning Field. Two of those stops came in crunch time, including a big play on a low shot by Prep’s Brendan Hoffman with 42 seconds remaining.
Tony DePreta, Stamford Lacrosse
DePreta scored five goals to lead the Black Knights to a 16-5 win over Bridgeport Central in their season opener on April 5.
John Natoli, Fairfield Warde Baseball
Natoli pitched six innings of two-hit ball, with 12 strikeouts, when the Mustangs improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory over Guilford on Saturday. He also singled and scored Warde’s first run.
Harrison Koch, Wilton Lacrosse
Koch had six goals as Wilton defeated Fairfield Prep, 16-6 on Saturday, April 9. Four of his goals came during the first half, when the Warriors took a 6-3 lead.
Kevin Lindley, Darien Lacrosse
Lindley racked up seven goals and two assists as Darien won, 20-16, over Niskayuna, N.Y., the defending New York State Class A champion, on Saturday. He had one goal and one assist to Jack Book in the closing minutes to put the game away.
Tim Herget, Darien Volleyball
Herget, a junior, had 12 kills, 15 digs, 8 service points and 2 aces in the Blue Wave’s 3-0 win over New Canaan on April 6. Darien won by scores of 25-21, 26-24, and 25-21. He also had 16 service points, 11 kills and 14 digs in a win over Shelton, and 10 kills, 9 service points, and 4 aces in a win over St. Joseph.
John MacDonald, Westhill Baseball
MacDonald, a sophomore, pitched no-hit ball with five strikeouts for five innings in the Vikings’ 6-0 win over Jonathan Law on Saturday.
Michael Reale, Staples Lacrosse
Michael Reale scored the Wreckers’ last two goals as they defeated Fox Lane, N.Y., in a dramatic game, 13-12, on Saturday. Reale’s broke an 11-11 tie with a man-up tally with 2:17 remaining, and he then added a final goal with 42 seconds to play. Reale, a senior, led the Wreckers with four goals and two assists.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Kateri Martin, Darien Girls Tennis
Martin, a junior, won her No. 1 singles match in straight sets as the Blue Wave topped defending FCIAC and Class L champion Ludlowe, 7-0, on Friday. Martin did not give up a game as she defeated freshman Xenia Efimov 6-0, 6-0. The contest was a rematch of last year’s FCIAC and Class L final, which were won by Ludlowe.
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph Softball
St. Joseph pitcher Nicole Williams fired a one-hit shutout at the Joel Barlow Falcons on April 6. She struck out 16 and flirted with a no-hitter, allowing only a single in the seventh inning.
Maddie Burns, Ridgefield Lacrosse
Burns, a senior goalie who will play for Army next year, made 10 saves in Ridgefield’s 8-7 upset of perennial power Wilton. It was Ridgefield’s first-ever win over the Warriors.
Campbell Armstrong, New Canaan Lacrosse
Armstrong collected 14 points on eight goals and six assists, and has been dominating on draw controls, as the Rams opened the season with a 4-0 record. She had six points on three goals and three assists in a 16-12 win over Class L contender Glastonbury on April 9, and had a hat trick and two assists in a 13-4 win over visiting John Jay, N.Y., on April 5.
Laura Murphy, Darien Lacrosse
Murphy had four goals when the Blue Wave opened their season with a 12-9 victory over Yorktown (N.Y.). She scored three goals in the Blue Wave’s 12-4 victory over Fairfield Warde on April 5. Murphy had six goals in a 19-6 win over Ludlowe.
Erica de las Garrigue, Fairfield Warde Golf
Playing through windy conditions de las Garrigue earned medalist honors by shooting a 44 when the Mustangs defeated Darien High, 187-205, the Smith Richardson golf course.
Regan Steed, Fairfield Ludlowe Lacrosse
Steed scored five goals and had four assists in the Falcons’ 13-9 road win over Old Saybrook on Saturday.
Kate Romanchick, Trumbull Track & Field
Romanchick posted wins in the 800 and 1600 when the Eagles defeated St. Joseph, 86-51, on Saturday.
Jenn Krupa, Stamford Lacrosse
Krupa had a hat trick as the Black Knights topped the Brien McMahon Senators, 8-3, for their second win of the season on April 7.
Gabi Catino, Norwalk Softball
Gabi Catino went four-for-four at the plate with a triple and two doubles to lead the Norwalk High softball team to a 13-4 win over Kolbe Cathedral last Wednesday in the Bears’ season opener. The sophomore also drove in three runs.
The poll has expired. You can watch Nutmeg Sports on Mondays to find out who won.