Weekly Varsity Sports Update: Cross Country, Soccer, Football, Crew

Running back Mario Fischetti '21 evades the defense.

By Raymond Costanzo ‘20

Cross Country:

Chaminade’s cross country team competed in the 46th Annual Paul Short Run at Lehigh University this past weekend. The meet featured nearly 80 schools, many of which are nationally-ranked. A myriad of sophomores, juniors, and seniors ran in the championship 5-kilometer race, in which the Flyers placed 19th out of 38 teams. Owen O’Donnell ’22, Matthew Abrusci ’21, and Jack Mannion ’20 headlined the group of Flyers who placed highly in the championship race. With the league and city championships on the radar, the Crimson and Gold are kicking it into high gear for this last leg of the season.

Varsity Soccer:

Boasting a 6-0-1 league record and an overall record of 13-2-1, Chaminade’s varsity soccer team, currently in pursuit of its fifth-straight state championship, has flown out of the gates to start the season.

Goalkeeper Matt Canade ’22 getting ready to kick the ball downfield.

Coming off of two convincing wins against Francis Lewis and league rival St. Anthony’s, the Flyers looked to stay hot against a very formidable opponent in Massapequa.  Traveling to Massapequa in a non-league match, the team got off to a relatively slow start to the game. After conceding two goals in the first half, the Flyers were unable to claw back into the game. The team came up short in a disappointing 3-0 loss, but hopes to put this game behind them as they play Holy Trinity this Tuesday.

When asked about the game, Marco Samaniego ’20 remarked, “It’s a tough loss after having so much success in the first half of the season. We need to put this game in the rear-view mirror and focus on the games ahead. We are all working hard, and we have each other’s backs.”

Varsity Football:

Rolling into the weekend, the varsity football team sought to improve its record to 3-2. The team did exactly what it set out to do, winning against St. Francis Prep in commanding fashion; the Flyers’ 42 points bested the Terriers’ 14.

Running back Mario Fischetti ’21 evades the defense.

The team finished with 534 all-purpose yards. Quarterback Ryan Walsh ’20 threw for 121 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Mario Fischetti ’21 ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown run. Donovan Wood ’20 lead the team in receiving with 5 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Flyers were led by senior linebacker Brandan Coward ’20, who racked up 16 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Also, both Patrick Noonan ’20 and Dylan Lomelo ’20 played stellar coverage in the secondary. The team finished with six sacks in a stunning defensive performance. “This was a great team win,” Patrick Noonan ’20 explained. “After all our hard work this week during practice, we were glad to see positive results on the field. We are going to take this momentum into next week when we play Kellenberg.”


Chaminade’s varsity crew team began its season over the weekend at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford, Connecticut. Competing against some of the top schools in the Northeast, the Flyers placed 21st out of 31 teams.

The team is looking ahead to this weekend when they travel to Oxford, Connecticut to compete in the Head of the Housatonic Regatta. In regards to the regatta, Christian Nolan ’20 stated, “We took some extra time this season to work on our form, so I’m confident we will do well in our regattas for the rest of the season.”