Sport’s com­mu­nity ral­lies in Nor­walk, New­town

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Michael Forn­abaio mforn­[email protected]­post.com @forn­abaioctp

The lo­cal lacrosse com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to rally around McMa­hon boys lacrosse as­sis­tant coach Ty Guar­ente, in­jured last week in a car ac­ci­dent in Bridge­port and left par­a­lyzed from the waist down.

A Face­book page at TyStrong50­50 pro­vides up­dates, in­clud­ing that Guar­ente has gone from St. Vin­cent’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter to Gay­lord Spe­cialty Health­care in Walling­ford to be­gin re­hab.

Se­na­tors coach Joey Smith said in­for­ma­tion on fundrais­ing T-shirts is avail­able by email­ing tys­[email protected]

So far, he said, eight lo­cal boys teams will be wear­ing the shirts to sup­port Guar­ente be­fore their games this week­end, in­clud­ing McMa­hon, Wil­ton, Nor­walk, Stam­ford, Darien, Green­wich, St. Joseph and We­ston. The McMa­hon and Nor­walk girls teams will wear them this week­end, then again Mon­day be­fore they meet at McMa­hon.

“This week­end should be a pretty cool thing to see,” Smith said, “with the unity of how strong the FCIAC’s fam­ily is and how we have each other’s back.”

A go­fundme page set up to sup­port Guar­ente had raised over $46,000 as of Tues­day morn­ing.

MORE COM­MU­NITY SUP­PORT: At Satur­day’s re­match of last year’s SWC cham­pi­onship game, New­town and New Fair­field will raise money for Mary Socci,

12, bat­tling brain can­cer. New­town will col­lect do­na­tions for ad­mis­sions at the game, Satur­day night at

7 at Blue and Gold Sta­dium, to go to the Socci fam­ily.

Lew Socci, Mary’s fa­ther, is a lacrosse ref­eree.

DRAW, WIN: Hav­ing four play­ers who can win face­offs is a lux­ury, but it has helped New Canaan win games, like Satur­day’s

11-6 vic­tory at Glas­ton­bury. “Justin Wi­et­feldt and Timmy Nor­ton are prob­a­bly the two best face­off guys in the state of Con­necti­cut. They’re both go­ing to go play Di­vi­sion I col­lege lacrosse,” Rams coach Chip Buzzeo told GameTimeCT’s Sean Patrick Bow­ley; ju­nior Wi­et­feldt is headed to Michi­gan, and se­nior Nor­ton signed with Vermont.

“They cer­tainly keep us in ev­ery game, if not give us an ad­van­tage. It’s great to have those guys. The way they con­trol the ball, it’s pretty amaz­ing.”

The teams had swapped places in the pre­vi­ous week’s GameTimeCT poll, and they have traded places again this week. The Rams are back up from fifth to fourth, while the Tom­a­hawks, who were set to play at New­town on Tues­day night, dropped from fourth to sixth af­ter their first loss.

New Canaan was with­out five starters, in­clud­ing three on de­fense, Buzzeo said.

“It’s a trib­ute to our depth,” Buzzeo said. “I think we had eight sopho­mores play to­day.”

RAIN, RAIN, ETC.: Among a hand­ful of games resched­uled over the past cou­ple of days was one we’ve talked about in print and on pod­cast: Conard at Somers is re­set for this com­ing Tues­day, May 7, at 4 p.m. Somers’ sched­uled game with Can­ton, orig­i­nally set for that date, moved up a day to Mon­day to make room.

Somers was the last un­beaten team in the CIAC,

9-0 go­ing into Tues­day’s re­match with Granby. Somers won the first meet­ing

19-11. It’s one of only 12 teams to get at least one vote ev­ery week so far in the poll, though the Spar­tans, like Cheshire, have yet to crack the top 10 in five weeks.

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