Weekly Sports Update

Weekly Sports Update 1

Ladies Lacrosse Team Celebrates Senior Night with a 14-2 Win Over Walt Whitman High School

The Connetquot High School girls lacrosse team recently defeated Walt Whitman High School on a bittersweet night that celebrated the last game for three graduating seniors.
Going into the half with a commanding 7-2 lead, the T-Birds held the visitors scoreless in the second half of the game, scoring seven unanswered points that led to an impressive 14-2 win. Connetquot improved their overall record to 7-5 and moves closer to an invitation to the county tournament.

Gina Barbera had five goals for Connetquot, while Justine Ferrara and Marina Skelly each scored twice. McKenzie Richardson, Shannon Dent, Anna Thornton and Jolie Urraro each chipped in with one goal to help out the team. Sydney Danseglio was impressive in the goal with seven saves.

In a pre-game ceremony, graduating seniors Rachel Strayer (University of Tampa), Shannon Dent (East Stroudsburg University) and Hannah Maloney (SUNY Oneonta) were presented with gifts and flowers by the team as coach Sal Piscitelli thanked them and their families for their dedication and support throughout their careers. “Coach P” wished each of the ladies the best of luck as they move on to the next level, expressing his confidence in their continued success in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.  

Baseball Team Falls to Sachem North
After an exciting come-from-behind 10-9 win over Sachem North on May 2 at home, the Connetquot High School varsity baseball team was looking forward to a repeat outcome on May 3 at Sachem to bring them one step closer to an invitation to the county baseball playoffs.

The team’s anticipated next win would simultaneously give coach Bob Ambrosini win No. 601, which would tie him with East Islip’s Sal Ciampi for the most career wins for a high school baseball coach in Suffolk County history. However, Sachem was able to defeat the T-Birds by a final score of 12-1, dropping the T-Birds to an overall season record of 7-9. The T-Birds need two more wins to qualify again for the Suffolk County baseball playoffs.

Ambrosini, a 1970 Connetquot High School graduate, has been varsity baseball coach at his alma mater since 1983. During his tenure, his teams have won 21 league and seven AA titles, four Long Island Championships and two New York State titles. “Coach Ambro” has been named Suffolk County Coach of the Year seven times and was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. While hundreds of his student-athletes have gone on to play at the next level, the following have signed to play professional baseball: Rob Grable and Matt Guiliano (Philadelphia Phillies), Dominick Ambrosini and Anthony Ambrosini (Montreal Expos), BJ LaMura (Toronto Blue Jays) and Rob Zachman (Seattle Mariners).

The T-Birds hit the ball well against Sachem, but the Flaming Arrows played tenaciously in the field and were determined not to repeat the previous day’s loss to Connetquot. There are four scheduled games left in the season – enough for a playoff spot, and making history. Go T-Birds!