Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Guilford Football Defeats East Lyme, 34-12; Soccer Squads Battle Hand


Junior goalie Justin Hess stopped 10 shots in net to help the Guilford boys’ soccer team earn a 0-0 tie against Hand on Oct. 6. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Junior goalie Justin Hess stopped 10 shots in net to help the Guilford boys’ soccer team earn a 0-0 tie against Hand on Oct. 6. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier)


The Guilford football squad traveled to East Lyme to take on the Vikings for a non-conference clash on Oct. 8. The Grizzlies notched a 34-12 win against East Lyme to even their record at 2-2 on the season.

Junior running back Mike O’Brien had a huge game for the Grizzlies by carrying the ball 24 times for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Senior quarterback Nico Messina went 4-of-6 passing with two touchdowns—one to senior Eric Dolmus and the other to senior Jack O’Brien. Sophomore QB Tyler Hilgert was 7-of-10 for 72 yards with a touchdown toss to Jack O’Brien, who had six catches for 45 yards and two TDs on the night. Dolmus had three catches for 37 yards and the one touchdown

Senior Eddie Barlage had eight rushes for 41 yards to aid the Guilford offense. Sophomore Buddy Gambardella had two catches for 19 yards, and sophomore Jake Jahnige reeled in a 9-yard reception.

The Grizzlies also had their fair share of standouts on defense in their win against East Lyme. Barlage had 16 tackles with a sack, junior Liam Alberti made 11 tackles, and senior Aiden McBrierty had nine tackles and a sack. Freshman Melvin Omeragic made nine tackles and had a sack, while junior Alejandro Colberg-Martinez recorded eight tackles to go with a sack. Dolmus had six tackles and also snagged an interception for Head Coach Anthony Salvati’s squad.

Guilford’s next game is on the road versus Hillhouse on Friday, Oct. 15. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. at Bowen Field in New Haven.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

The Guilford girls’ swimming and diving team improved to 7-1 after scoring a pair of victories last week. The Grizzlies earned wins versus Foran and the East Haven-Cross-Hillhouse (EH-C-H) co-op in last week’s meets.

Guilford started off its week by claiming a 94.5-85.5 road victory against Foran on Oct. 4. Three days later, Guilford notched a an 80-56 home victory over EH-C-H at Soundview Family YMCA.

Girls’ Soccer

The Grizzlies’ girls’ soccer team notched a win and a tie last week to elevate its record to 5-2-3 on the season. Guilford tied Cheshire and then defeated Hand in recent action.

Guilford started off its week by playing Cheshire to a 2-2 draw in a home game at Bittner Park on Oct. 5. The following day, the Grizzlies claimed a 2-1 road victory over Hand at the Surf Club in Madison.

Boys’ Soccer

The Guilford boys’ soccer team played two home games last week and came away with a tie and a win and a loss to put its record at 6-2-2 on the year. The Grizzlies earned a draw versus Hand and then lost to Fairfield Prep in last week’s action.

The Grizzlies opened up their week with a home game against Hand on Oct. 6. Guilford picked up a point in the standings by battling the Tigers to a 0-0 stalemate at Bittner Park. Junior goalie Justin Hess made 10 saves in the game for Guilford.

Two days later, Guilford hosted Fairfield Prep for another contest at Bitter Park. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 loss against the Jesuits in the game.

Fairfield Prep scored a goal in the 20th minute and another in the 42nd to grab a 2-0 lead over Guilford. Senior Cal Stephens scored on an assist by junior Will Rice to the deficit to 2-1 in the 67th minute, but the Grizzlies were unable to get the equalizer.

Girls’ Volleyball

The Guilford girls’ volleyball team moved to 6-6 on the season after winning one of its three matchups last week. The Grizzlies took losses against Hand and Amity before bouncing back with a win over Lauralton Hall to finish off the week.

On Oct. 4, Guilford took a 3-0 road loss versus Hand. Two days later, Guilford was on the road to face Amity and lost by a 3-0 score.

In their last match of the week, the Grizzlies hosted Lauralton Hall and scored 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 20-25, 25-10) victory versus the Crusaders at Guilford High School. Junior Halle Krause turned in a standout performance by recording 15 assists with 13 kills, five digs, and four aces for the Grizzlies. Junior Riley Mullett had 10 aces, seven kills, and seven digs, while fellow junior Corrine Puchalski posted 15 kills in the win.

Chris Piccirillo is the Sports Editor for Zip06. Email Chris at c.piccirillo@shorepublishing.com.

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