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04/24/2022 12:00 AM

North Branford Softball Sees Winning Week; Golf Squad Posts Win Over Valley

Sophomore Jack O’Brien was the match medalist when the North Branford boys’ golf squad defeated Valley Regional on April 21. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Sound


The North Branford softball team won two of its three road games last week to level its record at 4-4 on the season. The Thunderbirds notched victories over Old Lyme and Hale-Ray before losing to Coginchaug in last week’s action.

North Branford started off its week by claiming a 4-1 victory at Old Lyme on April 18. Sophomore Kiley Mullins pitched a complete game for the T-Birds, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 3 walks to go with 9 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched.

Freshman Lexi Falcioni went 2-for-4 with a run scored for North Branford. Sophomore Natalia Lucibello went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and 3 stolen bases; senior Hannah Senerchia was 1-for-4 with a run scored; and sophomore Lindsay Onofrio went 1-for-3 with 2 walks, a run, and 2 stolen bases.

Two days later, the T-Birds posted an 11-1 win at Hale-Ray. Mullins earned another win in the circle by pitching all 7 innings for North Branford, allowing 1 run on 8 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts.

Senior Lauren Ackerman went 3-for-4 with a double, 2 runs, an RBI, and a stolen base for the T-Birds. Mullins went 2-for-3 with a run and 3 RBI in the victory. Onofrio went 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI; Falcioni went 1-for-4 with a triple, a run, and an RBI; and Lucibello was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run, and an RBI.

In its last game of the week, North Branford took a 13-5 road loss versus Coginchaug on April 22.

Boys’ Golf

The North Branford boys’ golf team posted a road win over Valley Regional in its lone contest on the greens last week. On April 21, the T-Birds competed against Valley at the Black Hall Club and won the matchup by the score of 173-232 to improve to 2-1-1 this year.

Sophomore Jack O’Brien earned medalist honors by shooting a low score of 38 for North Branford at the match. Senior Dakota Cooper and freshman Robert Cappella both scored a 42, while senior Jalen Rossicone finished with a score of 51 for the Thunderbirds.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The North Branford girls’ lacrosse team split a pair of home games last week and is now 5-2 on the season.

North Branford notched a 16-3 home victory against Morgan on April 19. Sophomore Keana Criscuolo scored 7 goals for the Thunderbirds in the win. Senior Braeden LeBeau had 3 goals with 2 assists, while senior Marissa Raffone scored 1 goal to go with 2 assists.

Junior Mia Park had 1 goal and 1 assist for the T-Birds. Junior Mea Riordan and junior Ashley Manning added 1 goal apiece. Junior Ava Candelora and junior Victoria McDermott each made 3 saves in net.

On April 21, North Branford hosted Valley Regional and took a 15-4 loss to the Warriors. LeBeau had 2 goals and 1 assist for North Branford. Senior Grace Marra and Criscuolo both scored a goal, while senior Mia Oliverio contributed an assist.

Boys’ Lacrosse

The North Branford boys’ lacrosse team took three defeats last week to move to 4-4 on the year.

On April 19, North Branford took a 7-6 lost against Morgan in a road game. Two days later, the T-Birds were back on the road to face Valley Regional and lost the contest by an 11-9 final.

Then on April 23, North Branford hosted Foran for a non-conference game and dropped an 11-7 decision to the Lions. Seniors Jake Saldutti and Joey Marra both scored 2 goals to go with 1 assist for the T-Birds, while junior Jace Kamienski also had 2 goals in the contest. Junior Ian Kamienski scored a goal, and sophomore Luke Blomster had an assist for North Branford.

Girls’ Tennis

The North Branford girls’ tennis team won one of its three matches last week to put its record at 2-4 this season.

The T-Birds started up their week by netting a 7-0 shutout at Haddam- Killingworth on April 18. Two days later, North Branford hosted Valley Regional and lost to the Warriors by a 7-0 score. Then on April 22, North Branford was on the road to face Morgan and took a 4-3 loss to the Huskies.