Tigers Dispatch Masuk for the first victory; Men’s cross-country takes 2nd place in the Hammonasset championship


By Chris Piccirillo / Zip06.com • 03/10/2021 8:20 PM EST


Hand’s football team claimed their first victory of the season when the Tigers secured a convincing home victory over Masuk last week. On October 1, Hand welcomed Masuk to the Surf Club and won the non-conference game by a score of 49-21 to go to 1-2 that year.

Hand trailed Masuk 15-14 in the second quarter before scoring the next five touchdowns of the game. Senior Ethan O’Brien had 205 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to victory.

The hand struck first when senior quarterback Patch Flanagan scored on a 2-yard rush in the fourth quarter. His senior colleague Seth Sweitzer ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead. Masuk scored a touchdown later in the frame, and the game was tied 8-8 after one.

O’Brien ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter, after which Masuk came back with a score to take a 15-14 advantage. Hand responded by scoring the next five touchdowns of the game, starting with a 28-yard rush from O’Brien in the last minute of the first half. Flanagan rushed for the 2-point conversion to give the Tigers a 22-15 lead in intermission.

Flanagan joined Sweitzer for a 28 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Later in the period, O’Brien went wild for a 66-yard TD for his third point on the evening. Senior Mario Mazzarella scored the extra point after the two touchdowns, and Hand was 36-15 of three ahead.

Junior John Hayden pulled off a 40-yard interception return for a fourth quarter touchdown. Mazzarella’s kick made the score 43-15. Junior Sam Sisk put an exclamation mark on the Tigers’ win by returning a 62-yard interception for another pick-six and a 49-15 advantage. Masuk scored the last touchdown of the game for the 49-21 final.

Hand’s next contest is a home game against Sheehan on Friday, October 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Surf Club.

Cross-country skiing for boys

Hand’s boys’ cross country team took top honors when the Tigers competed in the SCC Hammonsset Division Championship last week. Hand posted a team total of 43 points to be placed behind Guilford (29) and ahead of Foran (68) and Jonathan Law set to finish second at the Guilford Fairgrounds on October 2.

Senior Jack O’Keefe took first place in the three-mile race with a time of 16: 04.40 for the Tigers. Junior Harrison Grenier was seventh (17: 06.80), senior Nick Montana was eighth (17: 09.40) and senior Danny Hilmer was ninth (17: 21.10) in division competition. Senior Sam Stiewing finished in 19th place (18: 53.90) for Hand. Sophomore Ty Boucino finished in 21st place (19: 06.50) and senior Jacob McGeary was 23rd (19: 19.90).

Cross-country skiing for girls

Hand’s women’s cross-country team finished in fourth place when the Tigers competed in the SCC Hammonasset Division Championship at the Guilford Fairgrounds on October 2. Hand scored 81 points as a team and placed behind Guilford (15), Foran (71), and Jonathan Law (73) in the game.

Rookie Marla Lafferty put in the best performance for the Tigers taking ninth place with a time of 22: 06.60. His freshman Kylee Bolding took 10th place with a time of 22: 21.50 for Hand. Senior Maya Sestan finished in 24th place (25: 05.80), second year Tessa Burch came in 27th place (25: 26.20) and senior Jane Merkle-Scotland finished in 29th place ( 26: 42.90). Rookie Isabel Alvarado finished in 32nd place (27: 29.90) for the Tigers.

Girls’ volleyball

Hand’s women’s volleyball team won all three games last week to raise their record to 7-2 this season.

The Tigers started their week with a 3-2 road victory over Branford on September 27. Then, on September 29, Hand welcomed Shelton and edged the Gaels by the final score of 3-2. The next day, the Tigers played a home game against East Haven and had a 3-0 shutout against the Yellowjackets.

Boys FootballHand’s boys’ soccer team went undefeated this season winning both competitions last week. The Tigers are now 7-0-1 for the 2021 campaign.

Hand started the week with a 3-1 victory over Hamden in a road game on September 28. Then, on September 30, the Tigers hosted Cheshire and knocked out the Rams by the final tally of 5-3.

Field hockey

Hand’s field hockey team played three road games last week and clinched a win to set their record at 3-4-1 for the season.

On September 28, the Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss to Branford. Two days later, Hand was on the road to face Hamden and shut out the Green Dragons by a score of 5-0. Then, on October 2, the Tigers faced Darien on the road and suffered a 6-0 loss.

Swimming and diving for girls

Hand’s women’s swimming and diving team fell to 3-2 this season after losing to Lauralton Hall last week.

Hand traveled to Milford to face Lauralton Hall on September 30. The Tigers suffered a 101-83 loss to the Crusaders in the game at Foran High School.

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