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09/21/2022 01:19 PM

Guilford Boys’ Cross Country Wins Division at Wilton Invitational

The Guilford boys’ cross country team earned a first-place finish in the Small Schools Division and took second place overall when the Grizzlies ran at the Wilton Invitational last weekend. Photo courtesy of Jon Rivera

Boys’ Cross Country

The Guilford boys’ cross country squad competed at the Wilton Invitational on Sept. 17 and took home the team championship in the Small Schools Division at the meet. The Grizzlies finished in second place overall and won the title for the Small Schools Division by scoring 37 points at Allens Meadows Park in Wilton.

Senior captain Michael Masotti and junior Coleman Love led Guilford by finishing in 14th and 15th place, respectively, in the 175-runner field. Masotti ran a time of 16:51.6, and Love was right with him at 16:51.8 to pace the Grizzlies at the invitational.

Junior Alex Hansen (17:31.7), senior Ryan Franchi (17:34.4), and junior Connor Pensa (17:35.9) closed out the scoring for Guilford at the meet. Freshman Jack Faitsch (17:42.4) and senior Bretton Garricks (17:42.6) were next across the finish line for the Grizzlies. Junior Alex Milano (18:20), junior Cooper Woods (18:34), and sophomore Max Freeman (19:23) rounded out the pack for Head Coach Jon Rivera’s squad.

Boys’ Soccer

The Guilford boys’ soccer squad continued its strong start to the season by notching three victories between a trio of home games last week. The Grizzlies scored wins versus West Haven, Hamden, and Sheehan to raise their record to 4-0 this year.

Guilford started off the week by posting a 3-1 home victory over West Haven on Sept. 13. Senior Sami AbuGhazaleh netted 2 goals for the Grizzlies in the win. Junior Andres Gutierrez scored the other goal for Head Coach Curtis Gullette’s club. Senior Will Rice and sophomore Evan Arteaga contributed 1 assist apiece.

Two days later, Guilford played a home game versus Hamden and blanked the Green Dragons by the score of 2-0. AbuGhazaleh and Gutierrez each scored a goal for Guilford with both tallies coming on a helper from senior Tyler Yerkes.

On Sept. 17, the Grizzlies hosted Sheehan and posted a 3-0 shutout over the Titans at Guilford High School. AbuGhazaleh had a goal and an assist for Guilford. Gutierrez also scored a goal, senior Will Rice converted a penalty kick, and senior Sean McSweet had an interception for the Grizzlies.

Girls’ Soccer

The Guilford girls’ soccer team had games versus Cheshire and East Haven on its schedule last week. The Grizzlies came away with a split by taking a loss to Cheshire and then defeating East Haven to move to 1-1-1 on the year.

On Sept. 13, Guilford played a road game against Cheshire and dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rams. Three days later, the Grizzlies hosted East Haven and claimed an 8-2 victory versus the Yellowjackets at Guilford High School.


The Guilford football team played a road game against SCC Tier 3 rival Branford on Sept. 16. The Grizzlies claimed a 28-7 victory over the Hornets at Branford High School to move to 1-1 overall with a record of 1-1 in the division.

Branford’s next game is a road tilt versus West Haven on Friday, Sept. 23. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium at West Haven High School.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

The Guilford girls’ swimming and diving team picked up a couple of recent road wins to boost its record to 3-0 for the season. The Grizzlies notched victories over Lauralton Hall and Sacred Heart Academy to stay undefeated on the young campaign.

Guilford began the week by claiming a 96-83 win against Lauralton Hall at Foran High School on Sept. 12. Two days later, the Grizzlies were back on the road to Sacred Heart Academy and won the contest by a 98-65 final at Albertus Magnus College.

Field Hockey

The Guilford field hockey team played a road game against SCC rival Cheshire in its lone game of the week last week. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 overtime versus the Rams at Cheshire High School to put their record to at 1-0-0-1 for the season.

Guilford took a 1-0 lead over Cheshire when a rebound was put in the net by the Rams’ goalkeeper. Cheshire tied the game by scoring a goal 3 minutes later. The Rams went on net the winning goal in the overtime session to take the contest by a 2-1 score. Junior Eliza Chamberlain made 7 saves in net for the Grizzlies.