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Overtime Thriller
Westies open season with win over Lyman Hall
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 3, 2017) -
 High-scoring games are fun to watch as a fan. Maybe not so much for the coaches. 

Fighting through several lead changes and rallying late in the season opener, West Haven used an overtime goal by Justin Burbank to help the Westies to a 13-12 overtime victory over Lyman Hall in Wallingford Monday afternoon.

The high-scoring game saw plenty of offense on both sides and saw eight different Westies get in the scoring column. 

West Haven senior Dylan Salvatore led the way with three goals and two assists, sophomore Niko Kyle had a goal and four assists, junior Nick Massaro added two goals and two assists, senior Joe Consorte had three goals, and junior Matt Dowd added a pair of goals as well. 

















Jordan Wetmore (22), seen here last year against Notre Dame, and the Westies opened the season with a victory over Lyman Hall, April 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Freshman goalie Kevin Moriarty made several outstanding saves to help force the overtime, and finished with 16 overall.

After Dowd evened the game when he stopped and fired a shot in with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in regulation, the Westies won the game in overtime. Dowd's goal came just 15 seconds after Lyman hall took a 12-11 lead.

The Westies fought hard to net the winner in the extra session on a set play. Following a West Haven timeout, Salvatore found Burbank in front and the senior wasted no time firing in the winner at the 1:55 mark of the extra session.  

The Westies battled from the start. Trailing 1-0, Kyle evened the game off an assist from Massaro with 10:14 to go in the opening quarter. Kyle's goal was the first of three in a row for West Haven as Salvatore scored off an assist from Kyle, and Dowd increased the lead to 3-1 off another assist from Kyle with 6:05 left in the first quarter.

The Trojans responded with three straight goals in a span of 2:45 to take a 4-3 lead after one quarter.  

West Haven knotted the game at four with 8:58 remaining in the first half on an unassisted goal by Massaro. Trailing 5-4, the Westies got the next two goals when Kyle set up Salvatore, and Salvatore set up Joe Consorte with 4:31 left in the second quarter for a 6-5 lead. 

Lyman Hall scored twice in 20 seconds to regain the lead, but Kyle set up Salvatore's equalizer ten seconds later as the teams went to the half even at seven. 

The Westies kept battling and took a 10-9 lead after three quarters of play. Wetmore gave West Haven an 8-7 lead off an assist from Nick Camara with 9:06 left in the third.

After the Trojans evened the game 12 seconds later, West Haven scored the next two goals for a 10-8 advantage. 

Consorte scored both times within a span of 4:04, the first off an assist from Massaro, and the second off an assist from Burbank. 

The Trojans refused to go away, scoring the next three goals for an 11-10 lead, the latter coming with four minutes remaining in regulation. 

Massaro scored the equalizer 23 seconds later, and after Lyman Hall took the lead back with 2:50 remaining, Dowd forced the overtime with his goal 15 seconds later. 


Westies fall to Amity
Consorte scores three times in 10-4 loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 5, 2017) - 
Fresh off a thrilling overtime victory over Lyman Hall to start the season, the West Haven boys lacrosse team was looking to keep the momentum going. That momentum came to a sudden halt. 

Outscored by five goals in the second half, West Haven fell to Amity 10-4 Wednesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. With the loss, the Westies dropped to 1-1 on the year.

Senior Joe Consorte led the West Haven offense with three goals, while sophomore Niko Kyle added two assists. Freshman Kevin Moriarty stopped 19 shots in the loss for West Haven. 

















Kevin Moriarty (1) made 19 saves in a loss to Amity, April 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Trailing 2-1 in the second quarter, West Haven rallied to get within 3-2 at the half. Consorte scored off an assist from Kyle with 5 minutes, 46 seconds to go in the opening half to get he Westies within 2-1, before Amity struck again.

Just 57 seconds after Amity took a 3-1 lead, Logan Cole scored off an assist from Kyle to get the Westies within 3-2 with 2:16 left in the first half. 

















Niko Kyle (9) had two assists in a loss to Amity, April 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

West Haven never got closer as Amity closed the contest on a 7-2 run. The Spartans scored the first two goals of the third quarter to increase their lead to 5-2, before Justin Burbank set up Consorte to get the Westies within 5-3. 

Trailing 8- 3 in the fourth quarter, West Haven got as close as it would get when Consorte scored off an assist from junior Nick Massaro with 3:27 to go. Amity scored twice in the final 2:21 to seal the win. 


Moriarty leads Westies
Freshman makes 18 saves in win over Notre Dame-Fairfield
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 7, 2017) -
 West Haven freshman Kevin Moriarty is being counted on to come up big in goal this season. Moriarty came up big Friday evening.
Posting a shutout in the second half and finishing with 18 saves, Moriarty was the story as West Haven topped Notre Dame-Fairfield 7-3 at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. With the win, West Haven improved to 2-1 on the season.  
While Moriarty did his part, the Westies had six different players get in the scoring column. Senior Joe Consorte led the way with four goals and fellow senior Dylan Salvatore added two goals and three assists.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven evened the contest on a goal by Consorte off an assist from Salvatore. Niko Kyle then set up Salvatore less than a minute later to give West Haven a 2-1 advantage.
After the Lancers took a 3-2 lead to the half, West Haven answered with two goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth for the win.
Consorte scored both goals in the third quarter, each coming off assists from Salvatore 3:32 apart for a 4-3 advantage. Salvatore increased the lead to 5-3 off an assist from Tyquan King, before Logan Cole scored seconds later for a 6-3 advantage. Consorte iced the contest in the final minute off an assist from Kyle for the four-goal victory.
Moriarty did the rest as he blanked the Lancers in the second half for the win. 


Westies fall to Lions
Foran scores 7 times in second quarter to down WH
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 10, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team was looking to open the season with three wins in its first four games. The second quarter proved otherwise. 

Allowing seven goals against Foran in the second quarter and nine in the first half, West Haven fell to the Lions 11-5 Monday evening in Milford. With the loss, West Haven fell to 2-2 on the season. 

















​​Dylan Salvatore (41) scored twice and added an assist in a loss to Foran, April 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

The Westies trailed 2-0 after one quarter, and despite scoring three times in the second quarter, trailed 9-3 at the half. The six-goal deficit was too much for West Haven to overcome. 

Dylan Salvatore led the Westies with two goals and one assist, while Niko Kyle added a pair of goals. Joe Consorte finished with one goal and one assist, and Nick Massaro added an assist in the loss. 

















Joe Consorte (18) scored once and added an assist ​in a loss to Foran, April 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Steven Lynch led the Lions with four goals and one assist, while Will Mauro had three goals and one assist. 

Freshman Kevin Moriarty made 18 saves in goal for West Haven. 


Westies thump Bristol Central
Kyle, Salvatore lead WH to third win of year
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 12, 2017) - 
The offense of the West Haven boys lacrosse team has been pretty balanced this season. With everyone contributing, the Westies have been able to spread the wealth.

Wednesday evening was no different as eight different players picked up points in a 12-4 road victory over Bristol Central.

West Haven (3-2) was led by Dylan Salvatore with four goals and an assist, Niko Kyle with four goals, Joe Consorte with three goals and an assist, and Nick Massaro with five assists.

Freshman Kevin Moriarty continues to play well in goal as he stopped 15 of 19 shots to post the victory.

​The Westies took control of the game early with a 5-2 lead after one quarter and a 9-3 lead at the half. 

West Haven struck quickly, scoring twice in 49 seconds for a 2-0 advantage when Kyle scored off an assist from Consorte, and Consorte scored off an assist from Salvatore with 10:10 left in the opening quarter. 

The duo of Salvatore and Massaro hooked up twice in a span of 1:40 with Massaro setting up two Salvatore goals, the latter with 3:40 left in the opening quarter for a 4-0 lead. 

Leading 4-1, West Haven answered when Dillon Lenihan set up a goal by Nick Camara with 1:04 to go in the opening quarter. 

The Westies took an 8-2 lead with the first three goals of the second quarter. Consorte scored with 10:58 left in the second, Salvatore followed 1:20 later, and Kyle scored off an assist from Massaro with 5:11 to go. Consorte extended the lead to 9-3 when he scored off an assist from Logan Cole with 1:41 remaining in the quarter. 

Salvatore scored once and Kyle added a pair of goals in the third quarter for the final West Haven tallies.


Branford tops Westies 
Moriarty makes 26 saves in loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 17, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team fell to Branford 9-4 Monday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. With the loss, West Haven fell to 3-3 on the year.

Branford jumped out of the gates quickly, taking leads of 3-1 after one quarter and 6-1 at the half.

Trailing 2-0 in the first quarter, West Haven inched closer with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the quarter on a goal by Dylan Salvatore off an assist from Joe Consorte.

The Hornets added to the lead in the final minute of the first  quarter, then scored three times in the second quarter to take a five-goal lead.

The Westies got within 6-2 when Logan Cole scored with 5:53 left in the third quarter, before Branford scored twice more in the third for an 8-2 lead.

Trailing 9-2, West Haven scored the final two goals of the game. Consorte scored with 9:21 remaining, and Niko Kyle scored off an assist from Nick Massaro in the final minute.

















Kevin Moriarty made 26 saves in a loss to Branford, April 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Kevin Moriarty made 26 saves in the loss. 


Westies fall to ND
Moriarty makes 30 saves in loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 19, 2017) -
Looking to get back to their winning ways, there was no better motivation for West Haven than playing cross-town rival Notre Dame. The Green Knights were in no mood to help. 

















Logan Cole (36) and the Westies fell to Notre Dame, April 19, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Dominating from start to finish, Notre Dame defeated West Haven 16-2 at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven Wednesday evening.

The Green Knights led 5-0 after one quarter and 10-1 at the half. West Haven scored single goals in each of the second and third quarters, but they were not nearly enough in the defeat. 

Joe Consorte got West Haven on the board in the second quarter with an unassisted goal to get the Westies within 7-1, and Justin Burbank scored in the third quarter off an assist from Nick Camara.  

Kevin Moriarty made 30 saves in the loss for the Westies.  


Westies rally past Montville
Kyle, Consorte lead way
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 22, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team returned to its winning ways with a 14-9 victory over Montville Saturday morning at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. With the victory, the Westies snapped a three-game losing streak, and improved 4-4 on the season.
Seven players were in the scoring column in the victory for West Haven. Niko Kyle led the way with five goals, Dylan Salvatore had three goals and three assists, and Joe Consorte had four goals and one assist.
The game started slowly for West Haven as Montville had a 4-3 advantage after one quarter, but the Westies took control of the game with five second quarter goals.

















Justin Burbank and the Westies won against Montville, April 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Trailing 3-0, West Haven got on the scoreboard when Consorte scored off an assist from Salvatore. Just 1:12 later, West Haven was within 3-2 on a goal by Nick Massaro, and just 17 seconds after Massaro's goal Salvatore scored off an assist from Massaro to even the game at three. 
Montville scored the last goal of the quarter to take a 4-3 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter was all West Haven as the Westies scored five times to take an 8-4 lead. 
Justin Rivera evened the game for West Haven off an assist from Salvatore, then just 1:09 later, Kyle scored off an assist from Burbank to give West Haven the lead for good at 5-4.
With 6:40 to go in the second quarter, Salvatore scored off an assist from Consorte, and then just 1:02 later, Consorte scored an unassisted goal for a 7-4 lead. Kyle rounded out the scoring for West Haven in the first half when he scored off an assist from Massaro with 2:37 to go for an 8-4 West Haven lead.

















Kevin Moriarty (1) makes a save against Montville, April 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westies put the game away with five more goals in the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead. Consorte scored the first two goals within 1:36, the first off an assist from Massaro, and the second off an assist from Burbank. 
With 8:42 to go, Kyle scored the first of his two straight goals, the first off an assist from Salvatore and the second off an assist from Massaro. Salvatore capped the scoring off an assist from Logan Cole in the quarter for the 13th goal for West Haven.
Burbank set up Kyle in the fourth quarter as West Haven came back to win 14-9. 
Kevin Moriarty played well in goal for the Westies as he made 21 saves in a winning effort.


Westies pound Cross
Consorte, Massaro  lead way
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 24, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team won its second straight contest with a 12-1 thumping of Wilbur Cross in New Haven Monday afternoon. With their second straight win, the Westies improved to 5-4 on the season. 

















Nick Camara (23) and West Haven topped Cross, April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

The Westies received a balanced scoring attack as 11 different players picked up points. Joe Consorte led the way with three goals, while Logan Cole scored twice, and Nick Massaro had one goal and five assists. 

The Westies jumped out of the gates quickly and led 9-1 after one half. Dylan Salvatore got the Westies on the board off an assist from Massaro, Cole followed with a goal off an assist from Matt Dowd, then added another early in the second off an assist from Niko Kyle.

Dowd set up Joe Consorte 1:17 later, and just 57 seconds after Consorte's goal, Kyle scored off an assist from Massaro. 

















Dylan Salvatore (41) and West Haven topped Cross, April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Consorte added another goal with 4:05 left in the first half off an assist from Massaro, before the same combination connected again 35 seconds later. 

Goals by Massaro and Kevin Moriarty in the final 34 seconds of the opening half increased the lead to 9-1. 

BOYS LACROSSE 2017

Westies top Windsor 
Third straight win improves team to 6-4
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(April 26, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team improved to 6-4 with its third straight victory, a 12-5 decision over Windsor Wednesday evening. Tyquan King had a big day for the Westies with three goals, while Niko Kyle added two goals and two assists, Dylan Salvatore had two goals and an assist, and Joe Consorte had a pair of goals. 

The Westies controlled the game from the start, leading 4-0 after one quarter and 9-0 at the half. 

Kyle scored the first two West Haven goals of the game, giving West Haven a 1-0 lead off an assist from Nick Massaro with 6:18 left in the first quarter. Kyle's unassisted goal with 4:41 left in the quarter gave West Haven a 2-0 lead. 

Salvatore set up Shane Clarke for a 3-0 lead late in the quarter and Massaro scored off an assist from Matt Dowd in the final minute for a 4-0 advantage. 

West Haven blew the game open in the second quarter with five more goals. King scored with 11:06 left, Consorte scored off an assist from Justin Rivera 1:46 later, and Salvatore scored twice in 13 seconds off assists from Kyle, the latter with 7:30 left in the half for an 8-0 advantage. Consorte capped the first half scoring with 3:12 left for a 9-0 lead. 

King scored West Haven's lone goal in the third quarter, and Tony Muse and King added goals in the fourth quarter. 

Massaro finished with a goal and an assist, and Dowd added two assists in the win. Kevin Moriarty finished with eight saves for the Westies. 


Salvatore leads Westies
Scores 5 times in 8-7 win over Sheehan
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 3, 2017) - 
The winning streak is now at four games. Paced by the play of Dylan Salvatore and Gareth Clavaton, West Haven held on for an 8-7 victory over Sheehan at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven Wednesday evening.

















Dylan Salvatore scored five times against Sheehan, May 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Salvatore scored five goals, Joe Consorte had two goals and two assists, Niko Kyle had a goal and three assists, and Clavaton won 10 of 16 face offs in the win. Salvatore caused five turnovers by the Titans.
Trailing 1-0 in the first quarter, Consorte evened the contest off an assist from Nick Massaro with 7:38 remaining. Just 1:46 later, West Haven had a 2-1 lead when Salvatore scored off an assist from Kyle.
With the game even at two in the second quarter, Salvatore scored off an assist from Kyle, and Consorte scored for a 4-2 lead 42 seconds later. Salvatore scored off an assist from Consorte for a 5-3 advantage with 3:15 left in the half.

















Steven Moran (28) against Sheehan, May 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
West Haven scored twice in the third quarter when Kyle scored the sixth goal and Salvatore increased the lead to 7-3 with 2:32 left in the quarter off an assist from Kyle. Salvatore capped the scoring in the fourth with 5:04 left off an assist from Consorte.
Kevin Moriarty made 16 saves in the win for West Haven.


Shelton halts Westies
Gaels end West Haven's 4-game win streak over Sheehan
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 10, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team was looking to extend its winning streak Wednesday evening. Instead, the Westies watched as their four-game winning streak came to an end with an 11-3 loss to Shelton at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. 

















West Haven fights for possession against Shelton, May 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

West Haven (7-5) trailed early and never recovered as Shelton jumped out to an 8-0 lead. 

















West Haven fights for possession against Shelton, May 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
​Joe Consorte, Dylan Salvatore and Niko Kyle each scored once in the loss. Salvatore also added an assist, while Nick Massaro had two assists for West Haven. 

Freshman Kevin Moriarty made 17 saves for West Haven. 


Westies roll past Cross
Salvatore, Consorte lead way in 12-7 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 12, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team got back to its winning ways and posted its fifth victory in six contests with a 12-7 victory over Wilbur Cross Friday evening at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. 

















West Haven coach Patrick Reed watched his team post a 12-7 victory over Cross, May 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

The Westies (8-5) were led by Dylan Salvatore and Joe Consorte as each scored four goals and added an assist. Niko Kyle scored twice, Nick Massaro had a goal and two assists, and Justin Burbank added a goal and an assist. Logan Cole and Jerry Maus each had an assist for West Haven. 

















Jerry Maus (27) and the Westies posted a victory over Cross, May 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Kevin Moriarty stopped 12 of 13 shots, while P.J. Patton made five saves for the Westies.  


Westies run past Law 
Kyle, Salvatore lead way in 12-3 win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 15, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team won its second straight contest and sixth in seven games with a 12-3 victory over Jonathan Law in Milford Monday afternoon. With the win, West Haven improved to 9-5 on the year. 

Niko Kyle had a big day for West Haven with four goals and three assists, while Dylan Salvatore scored four times and added an assist. Joe Consorte scored twice, and Nick Massaro added a goal and three assists. Kevin Moriarty and P.J. Patton combined to make 16 saves in the win.

The Westies took control of the game early with five goals in the opening quarter.

Kyle got things going with an unassisted goal with 11:29 left in the first quarter, Salvatore increased the lead to 2-0 just 40 seconds later off an assist from Massaro, while another goal by Salvatore 58 seconds later increased the lead to three goals. Massaro, and Kyle, off an assist from Tyquan King, rounded out the scoring in the opening quarter. 

West Haven increased the lead to 8-0 with the first three goals of the second quarter. Consorte scored off an assist from Kyle with 9:53 left, Kyle responded with another goal 22 seconds later off an assist from Salvatore, and Salvatore needed just 18 seconds to score the eighth goal off an assist from Massaro.

With an 8-2 lead, West Haven scored the final three goals of the half to take an 11-2 lead. Consorte scored off an assist from Kyle with 4:34 left, Kyle scored off an assist from Tony Muse 1:33 later, and Massaro set up Salvatore with 20 seconds to go.

Shane Taulty rounded out the West Haven scoring with a goal off an assist from Kyle in the third quarter.  


Lyman Hall eases past Westies 
Trojans post 11-6 victory on WH Senior Night
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 17, 2017) -
 The West Haven boys lacrosse team was hoping to send its seniors out in style with a win on Senior Night. Lyman Hall had other ideas. 

Jumping out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter of play, the Trojans never wavered in defeating the Westies 11-6 Wednesday evening at Ken Strong Stadium. 

















Joe Consorte (18) against Lyman Hall, May 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Trailing 2-0 after the Trojans scored twice in 16 seconds, the Westies cut the deficit in half when Logan Cole broke free and scored with 9:38 to go in the opening quarter. 

After Lyman Hall scored the final three goals of the opening quarter, Justin Burbank cut the deficit to 5-2 with 3:04 gone by in the second quarter. 

















Justin Burbank (17) against Lyman Hall, May 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

The Trojans scored the next two goals, before Niko Kyle got the Westies within 7-3 with eight seconds to go in the third quarter. 















Logan Cole scores against Lyman Hall, May 18, 2017. Video courtesy of Mike Madera.

Season Over 
Conard too much for Westies
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(May 27, 2017) -
 The season has come to a close for the West Haven boys lacrosse team. Looking to advance past the qualifying round of the Class L state tournament, the Westies ran into a well-oiled machine in Conard. 

















Joe Consorte (18) against Conard, May 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Jumping out to an early nine-goal lead, 17th-seeded Conard cruised to an easy 16-3 victory over 16th-seeded West Haven Saturday afternoon at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. 

With the loss, West Haven concludes its season with a 9-8 record.

















Kevin Moriarty makes a save against Conard, May 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

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