Freshmen host Field Day for Bridgeport school children
On March 12, freshmen began their journey as Men for Others by participating in their first official Prep service project, Freshman Field Day. This one day event is designed to expose freshman students to those with life circumstances somewhat different from their own. Freshmen were paired with elementary school students from Cathedral Academy of Bridgeport. They exchanged letters describing themselves with their new buddies before meeting them at Prep. The day was held in Fairfield University's Alumni Hall and Rec Plex Fieldhouse, and all of the students participated in parachute games, obstacle courses, football tosses and many more fun activities. The smiles show the positive feedback to a great day! See photos below and Prep You Tube!
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Tyler Bernier '15 and Quinn Pollard '15 named Evans Scholars
Pictured from left: (Front) Quinn Pollard '15 and Tyler Bernier '15; (Back) Dean of Guidance & College Advising Mr. John Hanrahan, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., and Guidance Counselor Mr. Rick Hutchinson '87.
Tyler Bernier and Quinn Pollard recently were awarded the prestigious Charles “Chick” Evans Scholarship, a full four-year tuition and housing scholarship awarded to golf caddies. Tyler and Quinn both have caddied at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for several years, and are the second and third Brooklawn caddies to receive this award, and the first ever from Fairfield Prep.
Tyler and Quinn were selected from over 750 applicants this year, following a formal interview in New York City with many representatives of the Western Golf Association. Selected recipients of the Evans Scholarship must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. Currently, 870 caddies are enrolled at 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
In addition to their outstanding citizenship and success in the classroom, Quinn and Tyler have each made meaningful contributions to the Prep community:
In his Prep years Quinn has explored his interests and talents in initiating the MSG Varsity High School Cube program which presents live broadcasts of Prep sporting events to the community. He has further served the Prep community through the Cardinal Key Society, attended the Notre Dame Vision Christian Leadership program, participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip, and served in junior year as a group leader for the Freshman Retreat. Quinn has reached out to the local community through service at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club through the Keystone Club and coaching basketball, and currently volunteers in the after-school program at Riverfield Elementary School.
Tyler is a Magna Cum Laude honor student, member of the National Honor Society, and has served the Prep community as both a Peer Tutor and as a member of the Cardinal Key Society. Tyler participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip. In junior year he was a group leader for the Freshman Retreat and in senior year he led a Kairos Retreat. Tyler is a four-year member of the golf team, elected captain for his senior season. He also played hockey while at Prep. He has volunteered with the Connecticut Storm Hockey program which assists special needs children and adults, and currently volunteers at Achievement First Academy in Bridgeport where he tutors children after school.
Congratulations to both Quinn and Tyler who will attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, this fall.
Jack O’Connor '16 & Grant Stone '16 are SCC Scholar Leaders
The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 21st annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 23 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-six scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and external communities. Pictured from left: Grant Stone '16, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, and Jack O’Connor '16
John P. O’Connor '16
Jack is a dedicated student and athlete who is a true school leader. He is a Summa Cum laude student who was nominated as a Governor’s Scholar. Jack spends time as a tutor and mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford in addition to coaching a youth lacrosse team. He was leader of the Freshman Retreat and the Kairos program. He also received All-State and All-SCC honors on the lacrosse field.
Grant H. Stone '16
Grant is a summa cum laude student in Prep’s most demanding curriculum. He is a varsity letterman in baseball, and co-chair of the Fantasy Sports Club. He peer tutors his fellow students at Prep, and serves as a tutor and mentor at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, plus volunteers as a coach to middle schoolers in the Stamford Peace Basketball League. Grant is also a Freshman Retreat Leader.
Freshman Retreat builds Spirituality and Brotherhood
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Prep held its 15th annual Freshman Retreat March 12 and 13. This year’s retreat theme was:
"We are each a brick in the wall of brotherhood."
The two day event was led by a dedicated group of over 70 juniors and seniors who trained and prepared for this role since last summer. A special thank you goes to our four senior co-directors: Kelvin Alvarez, Chris Baudouin, Brendan Blees, and Josh Hunter. The Class of 2018 had small group discussions, recreation time including a knee hockey tournament, and opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrate Mass together, pray together, share meals together, watch a movie, and have a sleepover in the school. They explored their faith lives, learned more about deepening their friendships, and gained self-knowledge. For many participants this retreat solidified their feelings of being a member of Prep – something they will value for the rest of their lives.
A big thank you goes out to the entire faculty and staff who helped in the execution of the retreat. Still, we would like to recognize the following groups in a special way: to the four faculty retreat directors who assisted Mr. Gualtiere in many ways during the planning process and the retreat days - Mr. Altieri, Ms. Bohan, Mr. Dotolo, and Mr. Whiteman; there were numerous faculty and staff who presented faith talks to the freshman small groups Friday afternoon (always a highlight of the retreat experience); to the faculty and staff who spent the night in the school Thursday (no easy task). Also, Mr. Jack Wallace '06 (see You Tube video) gave a special talk to the freshmen Thursday afternoon of the retreat, which focused on how they can use their gifts and talents to better those around them. Finally, the Campus Ministry Department would like to thank the Fairfield Jesuit Community who helped hear confessions Friday morning. We look forward to our 16th annual Freshman Retreat in March 2016.
*Note: rising juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to apply for a leadership position for this retreat over the summer.
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Liam Hullihan '16 wins Home Design Award
For the second year in a row, Liam Hullihan '16 received an award in the statewide Student Design Competition sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut (HBRA) at the Connecticut Home Show in Hartford on February 26. Liam won the award for Best Green Building and received $500 designated for Prep’s Art Department. This award was given to Liam at a ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Mansion on March 24. Liam entered the contest with the guidance of his art teacher Mrs. Dolores Tema.
The Home Design Contest was open to students in grades 10 through 12 that are enrolled in design or drafting courses in high schools across the state. Each student is required to include a scale model home with presentation drawings that met specific criteria. This year’s criteria were to design a three bedroom home not to exceed 2,000 square feet of floor space and the students were required to include three National Association of Home Builders Model Green Building Guidelines.
Spring Fashion Show features Class of 2015 Mothers & Sons
Over 200 guests enjoyed the Spring Fashion Show, sponsored by the Bellarmine Guild, which featured the mothers and sons of the Class of 2015. The event was held at Testo's Ristorante in Bridgeport on March 19. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, shopping with fashion vendors, delicious dinner, and live runway fashion show. Special thanks to M.C. John Brennan, retired Prep Housemaster; Co-chairs Lisa Bosken P '16 and Danica Franchuk '16: Sue Connelly P'15, Eileen Blees P'15, Kitty Robertson P'15 and Julie Pollard P'15 who made the mother/son slideshow; and the entire Fashion Show committee for planning and hosting this event. See video highlights on Prep YouTube or below!
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See online order website to buy portraits through Robert Taylor Photography.
Champions: Fairfield Prep survives Westhill to win Class LL title, first since 1997
UNCASVILLE >> The 12 seconds left in Saturday’s Class LL state championship final must have felt like hours to Fairfield Prep. Three previous trips to the LL championship game in the past four years had ended in heartbreak for the Jesuits. But here they were again, at the Mohegan Sun Arena, now armed with a one-point lead as precious seconds ticked away.
And a team that prides itself on defense may have had its best defensive possession of the season. Westhill finally was able to get the ball to Vashon Natteal in the corner for a game-deciding 3-point attempt. He missed and Prep was finally victorious.
The 51-50 victory for the top-seeded Jesuits over No. 2 Westhill was the team’s first state championship since 1997 in front of 5,654 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
“I think that was the slowest second of my entire life,” said Prep guard Tom Nolan. “I could have had tears of joy or tears of sorrow all in one second. It was just unreal. It’s still surreal. I don’t even know what’s going on.”
Said Prep coach Leo Redgate: “The boys really bought into playing unselfish basketball and really focusing on defense. … I think it’s a fitting end for a team that has had an incredible record and reputation over the last five years. They really deserve it.”
The Jesuits (25-2), the No. 6 team in the Register Top 10 Poll, had lost to Hillhouse and Bridgeport Central the previous two years.
“This feels needed,” said Nolan, who started in the last three LL finals. “If I didn’t come out with this, my high school career wouldn’t have felt as full.”
After Rich Kelly missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds left, C.J. Donaldson (14 points) drove in for a basket to make it 51-50. Nolan was then fouled with 12 seconds left. He, too, missed the front-end free throw.
The third-ranked Vikings (26-2) couldn’t get the ball to their best player, Jeremiah Livingston, as Matt Gerics face-guarded him the entire way down. Natteal had made the 3-pointer to end the first half, but bounced this attempt off the rim.
“It’s easily the greatest feeling I have ever had on a basketball court. It’s amazing,” Kelly said. “Livingston didn’t have the ball, so I felt good about (the last possession). Then No. 32 (Natteal) got the ball and he let it go and it looked good. I got scared. It was short and a mountain came off of me. So much pressure was relieved.”
Said Westhill coach Howard White: “We had a good look, a good shot. It just didn’t fall, so the main thing to try and tell them was to keep their heads up, take it as a learning opportunity and grow from it.”
Prep played a lot of zone against Westhill and paid particular attention to Livingston. Every time he would enter the lane with the ball, he was met by two defenders. When he cut through without it, he was still face-guarded.
Livingston finished with just one field goal early in the third quarter and 12 points. He alone had 78 points in the FCIAC tournament semifinals and final.
“Ryan Foley and Matt Gerics, we told them before the game, that’s your objective. Who cares if you score a point tonight? Shut down Livingston,’” Nolan said.
Tyrell Alexander also had 14 points for Westhill, which saw its 22-game winning streak snapped.
“They have nothing to hold their heads down for,” White said. “Words can’t even explain what these kids brought to the table.”
FAIRFIELD PREP 51, WESTHILL 50
Westhill 13 16 15 6 — 50
Ffld Prep 13 13 16 9 — 51
Livingston 1 9-11 12, Donaldson 7 0-0 14, Alexander 6 2-4 14, DelaCruz 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Natteal 2 0-0 6, Thomas 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 11-15 50
FAIRFIELD PREP (51)
Thomas Nolan 3 3-6 12, Rich Kelly 3 5-7 12, Joe DiGennaro 2 2-2 6, Ryan Foley 3 0-0 8, Patrick Harding 5 3-4 13, Matt Gerics 0 0-0 0, John Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 13-19 51
3-point goals: Westhill 3 (Natteal 2, Livingston); Fairfield Prep 6 (Nolan 3, Foley 2, Kelly); Fouled out: Westhill (Alexander); Records: Westhill 26-2; Prep 25-2.
Business Club creates Young Entrepreneurs!
The Business Club sponsored six teams of students, who developed new business concepts and competed in a presentation to moderator Tom Shea '73 (back row), as well as alumni judges Dan Pengue '73 (far left) and Chris McLeod '73 (far right):
The team presentations included:
Vigilance: a device to insure driver alertness and avoid accidents for the commercial transportation industry. Jun Lin Mo '17, Freddy Rio '17, Brendan Sawyer '17, and Jonathon Siveyer '17
Safe Straw: a drink stirrer treated with a chemical to detect Ruphalin and other harmful drugs to promote woman’s safety. Alex Capozziello '17, Will Bennett '17 and Stephen Westphal '17
Baggage Claim: a software app to assist travelers in locating lost baggage. Patrick Steed '17 and Ryan Dunn '17
Nanny in the Air: A service offering trained escorts to assist minors traveling alone on flights. Sonny Franke '17, Nick Muro '17
The winning team was CNG: a proposal to convert local commercial transportation like busses and delivery trucks to natural gas. Kevin Gallagher '17 and James Rivers '17
Ski Team takes 2nd Place in State Open
Congratulations to the Fairfield Prep Ski Team for another great season. The Varsity team completed the regular season with a 22-2 record and JV with an unbeaten record of 17-0.
Varsity finished 2nd in the State Open final, losing a close one to Greenwich on a hot 50 degree day at Mt. Southington. Sam Cusick '16, Patrick Lambert '15, Danny King '17, Connor Laurion '17 and Owen Richards '16 all placed in the top 20, with junior Cusick leading the way with a 5th place finish.
1st Team All State
Sam Cusick and Patrick Lambert
All State Honorable Mention
Danny King and Connor Laurion
The team will return seven of their top ten skiers next year to make another great run to the State Championship. Team coaches Cary Nadel and Jason Tweed have just completed their 4th year at Prep and have an overall record of is 85-8.
Alumni return for Lenten Retreat
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Alumni Retreat 2015: A Day of Service & Prep Fellowship
On Saturday, March 14, 35 alumni spanning from the 1950s to 2010s returned to campus to rekindle the retreat experience in observance of Lent.
The retreat, themed "A Day of Service and Prep Fellowship" featured: service for others, recalling God's presence in our lives, and spiritual talks by Jonathan DeRosa, Director of Student Affairs & Christian Service; Austin Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations; and Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., President-elect of Fairfield Prep. In addition to speaking, Fr. Simisky led the retreat.
Upon their arrival, attendees donated food items and gift cards to stock The Merton House of Bridgeport as they enjoyed breakfast, fellowship, and a slideshow of pictures from service trips offered at Prep. Mr. DeRosa, accompanied by Ryan Matera '15, Andy Spangenberg '15, Alejandro Correa '15, and Ryan Gannon '15, reflected on their experiences on different service trips. Afterward, attendees were broken into small groups, with each senior assigned based upon the particular trip he participated in, to delegate small group discussion.
Lunch featured a delicious Fish Fry in observance of the Lenten season and more opportunity to see pictures of Prep students in service of others. Following lunch, Mr. Ryan spoke about his journey of service in Jesuit education: as a student, teacher, and now development officer.
Fr. Simisky concluded the day by calling to mind the obstacles to hearing God's call to serve, and how to overcome them. He and Rev. Stephen Gleeson '55 celebrated Mass, during which alumni committed to a service project for Prep's National Day of Service, September 12, 2015. This retreat, following the Kairos module, offered ample time for self-reflection, quiet prayer, Reconciliation, and strengthening the bonds of Prep brotherhood amongs alumni. The day was enjoyed by all, and this experience will hopefully carry over into September, and beyond. AMDG.
Class LL boys basketball: Fairfield Prep edges Hillhouse in OT, returns to state final
The Prep Alumni Office will sponsor a Reception before the game. Stop by The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House (at Mohegan Sun) before the basketball game to gather with alumni, families and friends. Appetizers will be served, with cash bar for all guests. Time: 6:30-7:45 P.M.
SHELTON >> Fairfield Prep guard Tommy Nolan fouled out of Tuesday’s Class LL state semifinal with 2:29 left in regulation. The Jesuits were on the brink of elimination.
Nolan, a senior, relayed one last message to teammate Rich Kelly before play resumed.
“When I fouled out, I went to Richie and said, ‘I lost at (the) Mohegan (Sun Arena) twice. Don’t let me and our other seniors end our careers like this,’” Nolan said.
Kelly helped top-seeded Prep rally to force overtime, then hit all six free throws he took in the extra session to help the Jesuits eliminate No. 5 seed Hillhouse 59-57 before 1,800 at Shelton High.
“We were definitely battle-tested coming into this game. Looking back, that helped us,” said Kelly, who made just one field goal, but 14 of 17 from the line to finish with 17 points.
Prep (24-2) advances to its fourth final in the last five seasons. The Jesuits now will face No. 2 seed Westhill at the Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
“We will try to play Prep basketball, not do anything different. Hopefully, we will come to play and we get that win we always wanted,” Nolan said.
Prep lost its last three trips to the finals to St. Joseph (2011), Hillhouse (2013) and Bridgeport Central last season. That victory by the Academics was the last time they have beaten the Jesuits, who have now won seven straight in the rivalry.
“Our mission is to get to the championship game,” Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton said. “I think our kids played as hard as they could possibly play.”
The most interesting thing about Tuesday’s victory was Prep never led in the second, third or fourth quarters. Ryan Foley’s bank shot tied it at 48 with 1:06 left in regulation. Hillhouse held for the last shot, but never got it off: Pat Harding stole a pass in the final seconds.
“I was hoping to get a foul called. It didn’t go that way,” Sutton said. “I thought we got a fair shake (on the foul calls). At the end of the day, the foul line was where the game was decided.”
Said Prep coach Leo Redgate: “I’ve seen their four corners for five years straight now. … I knew down six with 5 minutes left (it would happen). That’s one of the reasons we started to foul.”
Prep put Hillhouse (21-5) on the line down the stretch and the Academics missed half of its 16 missed free throw attempts in the fourth quarter (14 of 30 overall).
“The free-throw line gave the game away,” Sutton said. “You can’t win championship games, you can’t win big games if you can’t make free throws.”
Prep grabbed its first lead, 51-49 with 1:59 left in overtime on a pair of free throws. The Jesuits never relinquished the lead. Hillhouse missed its first seven shots in the extra session.
Although Prep missed 16 free throws as well (30 of 46), the Jesuits hit their last 11 in overtime.
Isaiah Lewis hit a pair of baskets for Hillhouse in the final seconds, the last just before time ran out on the Academics’ season.
Prep climbed back into the game by outscoring Hillhouse 12-2 in the third quarter.
FAIRFIELD PREP 59, HILLHOUSE 57 (OT)
Hillhouse 17 16 2 13 9 – 57
Fairfield Prep 14 8 12 14 11 – 59
Darius Griffin 1 2-2 4, Dontell Glover 1 0-0 2, Joey Kasperzyk 2 5-14 9, Troy Walters 3 2-5 11, Tyler Douglas 0 1-3 1, Christian Adams 1 3-4 5, Isaiah Lewis 7 0-0 14, Byron Breland 1 0-0 2, Chauness Johnson 0 0-0 0, Aaron White 4 1-2 9. Totals: 20 14-30 57
FAIRFIELD PREP (59)
Matt Gerics 1 3-6 6, Thomas Nolan 4 5-7 13, Rich Kelly 1 14-17 17, Joe DiGennaro 0 1-4 1, Ryan Foley 2 2-2 7, Patrick Harding 4 4-8 12, Bobby Hoskins 1 1-2 3, Allen Gibson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 30-46 59
3-point goals: Hillhouse 3 (Walters 3); Fairfield Prep 3 (Gerics 1, Kelly 1, Foley 1); Fouled out: Hillhouse (Walters. Douglas, Glover); Fairfield Prep (Nolan, DiGennaro); Records: Hillhouse 21-5; Fairfield Prep 24-2
Prep Robotics Club Places 10th in State
Every year the Prep Robotics team competes in tournaments organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This year's FIRST Tech Challenge, "Cascade Effect," tasked teams with making a robot capable of collecting plastic balls, placing them into goals of varying heights, and parking those goals in designated areas, all while working with an allied team's robot. The Fairfield Prep Robotics team (The Bomb Squad) spent five months getting ready for the Qualifier Tournament held at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. On February 7, The Bomb Squad qualified for the state tournament, placing sixteenth out of twenty-four teams.
After qualifying, the team set its sights on the State Tournament at Greens Farm Academy in Westport, CT. With only two weeks before the next competition, drastic changes were made to improve the robot. For those two weeks the team worked tirelessly to finish the new design. On March 7, 2015, The Bomb Squad placed tenth out of twenty-four teams. This was the second time in their four years of competing they have placed in the top ten, an achievement the club's moderator, Ms. Unger, described as, "Phenomenal," adding that, "[She] was extremely impressed by everyone's maturity and ability to work as a team."
The top teams advanced to the East Super Regional tournament in Scranton, PA. Although the Bomb Squad did not advance, the team has nothing but high hopes for the club's future. When the club's president, Dylan Hawkes, was asked about the new and upcoming members of The Bomb Squad he said, "I have the utmost confidence in them and their ability to take on leadership roles next year. As a matter of fact, I would be surprised if they did not match or improve on this year's performance."
PA Announcement made by Mr. Greg Marshall '73, Dean of Enrollment and Marketing
Everyone knows that today is St. Patrick’s Day. What you may not know is that March 17 is also Fairfield Prep’s birthday.
Today, March 17, 2015, marks the seventy-third anniversary of the founding of Fairfield Prep. Seventy-three years ago, on Tuesday, March 17, 1942, Jesuit priests of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus met in Pomfret Center, Connecticut to draw up the Articles of Association for the establishment of a new corporation, which was named Fairfield College of St. Robert Bellarmine. Thus was born Fairfield University and its first division, Fairfield College Preparatory School.
The founding Jesuits had already purchased prime real estate in the town of Fairfield, by taking title to two estates: the Jennings estate and the Lashar estate. The Jennings family’s mansion, called the Mailands, was renamed McAuliffe Hall, in honor of Reverend Maurice Francis McAuliffe, bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, who had given the Jesuits permission to establish a school in Connecticut.
The Lashar family’s mansion, called Hearthstone Hall, was renamed Bellarmine Hall, after St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., who was selected as the new school’s patron saint. The original name of this historic structure lives on in the name of Prep’s yearbook, the Hearthstone. McAuliffe Hall was chosen to serve as Fairfield Prep’s classroom building while Bellarmine Hall was designated the Jesuit residence. Moreover, because our school’s patron saint was a cardinal of the Church, the school’s official colors were established as cardinal red and white, which continues to this day.
The founders planned to start the new prep school by admitting students to the freshman class only, but the unexpectedly high level of interest among area high school students resulted in a change, so that Fairfield Prep would open its doors on Wednesday, September 9, 1942 with 319 students registered in all four classes, including twelve seniors who would become Fairfield Prep’s first graduating class, the class of 1943.
It is noteworthy that the original group of Jesuits assigned by the New England Provincial to staff the new school had less than six months to get the new school in operation, as Fairfield Prep’s doors would open for business on September 9, 1942. It is difficult to imagine the effort that the founders had to expend during that brief period in order to convert two recently vacated mansions into a vibrant new school in the midst of a world war which our country had just recently entered, but if any group of people could accomplish the nearly impossible, certainly the Society of Jesus, with its centuries of experience in establishing and operating schools around the world, was up to the challenge.
Today, as we celebrate Fairfield Prep’s birthday, we look back at our school’s rich history and vibrant traditions, and we salute those Jesuits who worked so diligently to create the school we love. It is easy for us, with the benefit of hindsight, to assume that it was a given that Fairfield Prep would come into existence, but sober reflection will cause us to realize that it was not destiny, but rather the hard work of a group of dedicated Jesuit priests seeking to do God’s work, that brought our Prep into existence.
Today, we honor their memory as we commemorate Founder’s Day, and we give thanks to God for his wisdom in helping Fairfield Prep’s founders see their vision of a new school in Fairfield County, Connecticut become a reality.
Sources: Szablewicz, John W.: A Tradition of Excellence: A History of Fairfield College Preparatory School, copyright 2008 by John W. Szablewicz, and Chronicles of Fairfield University, copyright 1992 by Rev. Charles F. Duffy, S.J.
Prep Basketball routs Ludlowe 70-48
Advances to Semifinals vs Hillhouse, Tues., March 17, 7PM, Shelton High School
FAIRFIELD -- They came out in droves, filling nearly every inch of Alumni Hall to watch two schools separated by a mile battle for a place in the Class LL boys basketball semifinals. But, what the standing-room-only crowd saw Friday evening was a game that was over soon after it started.
It was Fairfield Prep's night.
The top-ranked Jesuits owned the latest installment of their town rivalry, crushing eighth-seeded Ludlowe 70-48 before 2,500 fans in a LL quarterfinal that was a one-sided affair.
"We executed exactly what we wanted to do," Prep coach Leo Redgate said. "I was very happy with the energy and the unselfishness. Our passing was exceptional.
"Most importantly, I thought our defensive game plan was the difference."
Ludlowe had allowed 49 and 45 points, respectively, through the first two rounds of the tournament, but Prep nearly matched those totals in a first-half onslaught. The Jesuits (23-2) led 26-9 after one quarter, and they hit the Falcons with a 10-0 run to go up 44-18 at halftime.
"They were terrific," Falcons coach John Dailey said. "They were at a different level. It felt like they did not miss a shot. It also felt like they scored on every single possession in the first quarter.
"We tried to play them zone to start the game, just to try to slow them down a little bit."
The Jesuits foiled that plan by hitting five of their seven 3-pointers in the opening half.
"It was fun to hit all our shots in the first quarter," said Prep guard Tommy Nolan, who finished with 11 points. "That was really the game plan -- just play normal basketball and don't get too jacked up."
Guard Rich Kelly hit three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points, and forward Ryan Foley scored 18.
Prep, which has three trips to the LL finals in the last four years but no championships, will face SCC rival Hillhouse, the No. 5 seed, in the semifinals on Tuesday (site to be determined). The Jesuits have won the last six meetings with Hillhouse (21-4), including two this year.
Ludlowe, meanwhile, wrapped up a bounce-back season that included the program's first FCIAC playoff berth since 2005. The Falcons, with seven seniors, finished 17-7 after winning only five games a year ago.
"We have had an unbelievable season," Dailey said. "We have had so many accomplishments. To get to the state quarterfinals and to get ourselves in this game tonight, they should be proud. This game does not define our season."
The Jesuits, who own two wins over Ludlowe this year and five straight dating back to the 2010-11 season, were simply too much to handle. They raced out to a 7-1 lead in the opening minutes and never trailed.
"I'm never worried about where we're going to get offensive production," Redgate said. "I think the past couple of games we've really focused on becoming better defensively."
The plan on defense, Redgate said, was to take Ludlowe guard Matt Doyle "out of his comfort zone." For the most part, it worked. Doyle managed only 13 points, and Cole Prowitt-Smith contributed 11 points off the bench.
Ludlowe outscored Prep 17-16 in the third quarter, but the game was well in hand at that point. The Falcons never got closer than 22 points in the fourth quarter.
"We just got behind the eight ball really early," Dailey said. "We had a hard time recovering."
Matt Doyle 5 3-4 13 Chad Peterson 1 5-6 8 Owen Mockler 0 0-0 0 Darren Lee 1 2-2 5 Hayes Kelchner 2 2-4 6 Greg Lawrence 1 0-0 2 Brendan Mockler 1 0-0 2 Mason Rush 0 0-0 0 Tim Beradino 0 0-0 0 Aidan Kudzy 0 0-0 0 Frank Lumaj 0 0-0 0 Cole Prowitt-Smith 4 1-1 11 Steve Zembruski 0 0-0 0 Chris Howell 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 14-19 48.
FAIRFIELD PREP (23-2)
Tommy Nolan 5 0-0 11 Ryan Foley 8 0-0 18 Rich Kelly 7 3-4 20 Pat Harding 4 0-0 8 Joe DiGennaro 2 0-1 4 Matt Gerics 1 0-0 3 Will Lucas 1 0-0 2 Robert Haskins 1 0-0 2 John Kelly 0 0-0 0 Philip Vlandis 0 0-0 0 Allen Gibson 0 0-0 0 Tate Duran 0 0-0 0 John Murphy 1 0-0 2 Senay Bellete 0 0-0 0 Brendan Carey 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 3-5 70.
LUDLOWE.............................. 9 9 17 13 -- 48
FAIRFIELD PREP................. 26 18 16 10 -- 70
3-pointers: L -- Prowitt-Smith 2, Lee, Peterson; P -- R. Kelly 3, Foley 2, Nolan, Gerics.