It was close to two years since Fox Lane’s spring teams played a real game. And, since that time, rosters turned over dramatically and coaches were faced this shortened spring season with putting out lineups filled with players making varsity debuts.
Baseball head coach Matt Hillis’ goal remained the same as always — namely, to win the section.
The Foxes fell short of that goal with an 11-8 final mark. Their run ended with an incredible 1-0 Class AA opening playoff round loss June 5 when eighth-seeded White Plains’ Mark Kent went the full nine innings, allowing only two hits as the Tigers advanced by eliminating ninth-seeded Fox Lane.
The pitcher allowed only a second inning single to Bruno Spadafora and a single in the following inning to Aidan Hicks. From the final out to getting one away in the seventh, Kent set down 11 consecutive Foxes. He walked no one and struck out two, needing 97 pitches to finish off his nine-inning gem.
Meanwhile, Fox Lane starter Matt Antolino was almost as good. The righthander was finally pulled with one out and runners on first and second in the ninth inning after 118 pitches.
Alex Casarella came on and, after getting the inning’s second out, walked a batter to load the bases. Casarella then hit Jake Dorchak with a pitch to force in the winning run.
Antolino also surrendered just two hits. He walked four and struck out nine.
Hillis lost 10 players from this year’s team to graduation, including Spadafora, Hicks and Casarella. However, he will have a wealth of talent returning, headlined by Tulane-commit Mike Lombardi.
Softball head coach Anthony Rodrigues had to be happy with the progress his team made this past season as they battled to a 9-9 mark.
Granted, he just lost a couple of big pieces in his line-up to graduation in shortstop Adriana Piccolino and catcher Sam Sanchez, but he will have his top pitcher in Jordyn Killion back next spring as a junior — and pitching is a huge part of winning high school softball games.
Abigail Lyons and Angela Tarallo also graduated in June, but Rodriguez has a healthy list of veterans expected back in the spring in rising seniors Katie Cristiano, Lyla Loria and Quoya Schell, rising juniors Stephanie DiFiore, Hannah Getman and Killion, as well as rising sophomores Grace Cleveland, Amanda Kelly and Sydney Hurvitz.
Girls lacrosse head coach Bill Broggy had to dive right into the season without even taking a breather after his football season concluded and led the girls to a 4-10 mark.
Replacing Maeve Luparello in goal was the biggest question facing Broggy and his staff, but junior Sophie Kathari stepped up and won the job prior to the start of the season.
With a young roster, the Foxes had just seven seniors on their 27-player roster, though those seniors — Haley Giannettino, Grace Giannettino, Alex Riley, Quinn Alami, Cameron Harney, Kayla Witz and Jada Singleton — will all be missed.
Next spring’s defense will include familiar faces in rising senior Alex Griffinand rising sophomore Kate Loughney, along with rising senior Kennedy New, rising sophomore Elizabeth Riley, rising senior Abby Ramage and rising junior Alexx Hoffman.
Rising seniors Nicole Castaldo and Eugenia Kaltsas will headline the midfield, along with rising junior Sarah Maiorano, rising senior Ella Bahari and rising freshman Sophia Bueti.
Up front at attack, rising senior Emma Greene will team with rising freshman Zoe Stonecipher, rising senior Katie Abt, and rising juniors Juliana Giattino and Emma Eckert.
The boys lacrosse team exceeded many peoples’ expectations with a 9-5 mark.
There were plenty of new faces that made lasting impressions on Henley, and some familiar faces that showed that the year off did not tarnish their skills.
In goal, Mike Hopkins, Manhattanville College-commit was solid. In front of him the defense includes Nick Andreades, Jack Brooks, Jake Fields, Will Krasnow, Kyle Vogel and Ryan Nathan performed admirably. Of that group, Fields and Vogel will be back next year as seniors, while Nathan was just a freshman this past year.
At midfield, four-year starter Everett Banks led a cast that included Christian Horvath, Dan Leader, Matt Magidson, Will Marlow, Thomas Olsen, Bob Paletta and Marko Vuksanaj.
Banks, Leader and Magidson were the top offensive threats from the group and all three graduated last month, leaving a gaping hole.
Just Marlow and Vuksanaj were the only underclassmen on the roster.
On attack, the coaching staff will piece together a trio from Ben Begley, Jack Cicchelli, Will Shepherd and Jake Wollman.
A sophomore, Cicchelli emerged as a big-time scoring threat and is sure to improve next spring, while Shepherd will return for his senior season with high expectations to exceed the strong 2021 campaign he put together.
Golf head coach Dan Mulvey’s team had a strong mix of veterans and newcomers during the shortened season.
Newcomers included Ryan Delfico, Ian Delannes-Molka, Devin Arias, Jack Rowley, Chris O’Callaghan and Harry Schechter. They blended well with veterans Dylan Cousens, Frankie Feola, Jake Hoffman, Joe Long, James O’Dwyer and Brett Waldman to put together a successful season on the links.
Playing a curtailed schedule, the Foxes won one of six matches this spring.
Of the 14 members of his roster, boys tennis head coach Scott Shannon had only one senior — Mackenzie Sleeman — on the squad.
Juniors Kyle Stricof and Tyler Stricof were joined by classmates Jack Travis, James Schroeter and Sam Green, while sophomores Ryan Ades and Dylan Landau made up the sophomores on the roster.
The freshmen class included Cole Simon, Greg Ronel, Michael Mazurek, Matthew Green, Miko Drouot and Max Chen.
Track & field
In what was believed to be the first time in two decades, Fox Lane swept the league spring track and field championships, attaining the milestone victories on May 24-25 at the Bedford campus.
The Fox Lane girls finished the two days of competition with 102 points to claim the top spot in League 1D. They were followed by White Plains with 87 points, Port Chester with 49 and Ossining with 20.
The boys also had to outlast White Plains, beating the Tigers by 20 points, 112-92.
Port Chester’s boys were third with 49, followed by Ossining with 20.
Corrine Wierzchowski claimed three first-place finishes for the Fox Lane girls, while Abigail Charles won two events.
On the boys’ side, John Marple and Bruce Lenes each came away with two victories.