The soccer defender — who won a starting defender spot last fall midway through the season, then never let go — played a momentum-shifting role last night. His 2nd-game block keyed a Staples comeback, at Cheshire High School.
The Wreckers dropped the 1st game, 25-20, to Southington. But they took the next 3 (25-23, 25-22, 25-14) to win their 4th consecutive state “L” (large schools) championship.
It was the Westporters’ 3rd straight title match against Southington. The win gives the blue-and-whites 8 Connecticut crowns in 9 years, and marks their 80th consecutive win without a loss.
With the 2nd game tied 19-19, Fitzgerald stuffed Southington’s spike attempt. “The momentum from that block carried over to the next 2 games,” the Stamford Advocate reported.
Congratulations to the still-reigning state champs, and coach Bruce Betts, for that remarkable achievement. We’ll be watching next year for a 5-peat. Fitzgerald will be back, hoping to be joined by current junior varsity players (and soccer athletes) Jonah Aelyon, Steven Denowitz, AJ Green, Max Hoberman and Jake McCambley.