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IN THE NEWS: Soccer Team Wins Opener Against Summit

Mount's soccer team wins opener against Summit

Published in The Progress, October 5, 2020

CALDWELL - The Mount St. Dominic Academy soccer team had a successful season last year and hopes to continue that success despite losing 10 seniors to graduation.

The Lions (1-0) opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Summit on Thursday, Oct. 1.

“We got off to a good start for the season,” said Angelo Del Vecchio, who began his fourth year as head coach. “We scored two goals in the second half, one by Gianna Mangili and one by Clare Mulvihill. Sophie Garske had a nice game in net.”

The Lions had a record of 12-6-1 a year ago. In the NJSIAA Non-Public A state tournament, they were seeded fourth and fell to top-seeded and state-ranked Immaculate Heart Academy in the semifinals.

They also were seeded fourth in the Essex County Tournament and lost to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Montclair in the semifinal round. They finished fourth in the American Division of the Super Essex Conference.

“We had many highlights throughout the year,” Del Vecchio said. “Exciting wins over Montclair Kimberly (2-1 in overtime), Glen Ridge (1-0), Newark Academy (shootout in the county quarterfinals) and a win over a tough Oak Knoll team (2-1) in the Non-Public A Group quarterfinals.

"We even played well in games that we lost. For example, we lost to Montclair, who were ranked No. 2 in the state and became the eventual winner of the county, 2-1 in overtime and 3-1 in the county semifinals. We also suffered a 1-0 loss to a very good IHA team in the state sectional semifinals. We played very well against these skillful opponents.

"As a team, we only gave up 15 goals the entire season while playing a very competitive schedule.”

Del Vecchio said a core group of players is returning this year.

“Losing 10 seniors, all of whom played major minutes, is tough on any team,” he said. “We are young and inexperienced during a season with a shortened preseason and less time to learn. However, our athletes have responded well. I have seen a gradual improvement since Sept. 14 when we started.

Brynn Caufield, a senior, is anchoring our defense. Brynn is a four-year varsity player. Clare Mulvihill, another four-year varsity player, is a center midfielder and has played well for us. Sophie Garske, our senior goaltender, had a very good season last year and continues to improve this season. Gianna Mangili, a junior forward, should be one of our leading scorers. Maria Hoelevas is a sophomore center midfielder. She had a better-than-expected season last year and continues to improve. We expect her to make a greater contribution this year.”

He said the shortened season because of the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging.

“It has been tough on all teams this season. Our team has responded very well. The players are grateful that they are able to play during such an unusual and difficult time.”

The team’s goal for the season is to continue to improve, he said.

“We are a young team, and our goal is to get better each and every day. I am already witnessing it, and I’m happy with the improvement we are making. I want to be playing our best soccer by the end of the season.”

The Lions were set to take on Millburn on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Next on the schedule is Newark Academy on Friday, Oct. 9; James Caldwell on Monday, Oct. 12; and Livingston on Wednesday, Oct. 14.


MSDA Athletics COVID Spectator Guidelines Fall 2020

Our goal at The Mount is to conduct athletics safely. We will need help from our students, coaches, parents and all of our spectators. Students will be supervised, but we need our adult spectators to understand the guidelines below and monitor their own behavior.

In order of importance, we strive to have a healthy Fall Athletic Season, watched by parents, other family members, and students. Some schools are beginning their season with no spectators or only a limited number of family members. If necessary, we will play all of our athletic contests in front of no spectators, but before excluding groups, we will attempt to have fans safely attend sporting events while maintaining some basic protocols.

Below are guidelines that have been developed by the Mount St. Dominic Academy Athletic Department in conjunction with the NJSIAA, the Super Essex Conference, and the CWC Recreation Department.

We will abide by the following guidelines for Mount Athletic Events:

  • ALL spectators must wear masks at all times while attending a Mount Sporting Event

    • If there is a health reason that prevents you from wearing a mask please contact Lorenzo Sozio prior to an athletic event (

  • In areas with limited or no seating such as the tennis courts and the JV soccer field (on campus), people will respect their fellow spectators by remaining socially distanced.

    • Family members are permitted to sit in closer proximity to one another

  •  All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent

  • When we become visitors, we will be guided by the rules dictated by our host

  • These protocols are subject to change at any time -- updates will be made as necessary


See below for our following Fall Season Athletic Sites Guidelines:


Essex Valley School (EVS) ADDITIONAL Guidelines – CWC Recreation Dept.

Address: 1 Henderson Dr, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • All spectators are responsible for screening their own health before attending events. If you feel sick, please stay home.

  • Masks must be worn when entering the facility

  • Spectators will only be allowed in the gates 15 minutes prior to the their game time

  • 106 spectators are permitted inside the gate

  • Only players and coaches will be allowed on the east side of the field

  • Within EVS all spectators must sit on marked social distancing spots in the bleachers. Families should sit between two markings

  • Standing inside the gate is only permitted where X’s are present and social distancing must be observed

  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Indoor bathrooms are not available

  • Failure to follow guidelines may result in removal from the event.


JV Grass Soccer Field (Mount St. Dominic Academy) ADDITIONAL Guidelines

Address: 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • There are NO BLEACHERS for spectators at the field

    • Lawn chairs are permitted and must be socially distanced unless with family members

  • Indoor bathrooms are NOT AVAILABLE, there will be porta potties on site

  • Because of the limited area, there will be NO ball playing or running around allowed


Grover Cleveland Park Tennis Courts ADDITIONAL Guidelines

Address: 69 Brookside Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • There are NO BLEACHERS for spectators at the courts

    • Lawn chairs are permitted and must be socially distanced unless with family members

  • NO SPECTATORS are allowed by the home/visiting team bench areas

Lady Lions Sports Camps CANCELED Summer 2020

After reviewing the day camp guidelines set forth by the NJ Department of Health, Lady Lions Sports Camps has decided not to open this year. This was a difficult decision and is not taken lightly. 

Our goal has always been to make our camps fun and instructive, but the safety of our campers and staff is paramount. We have determined that it is not realistic for us to operate under the current circumstances.

We wish you and your family a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you next year.

If you have already registered, you will be receiving your refund as soon as possible. Contact Camp Director Lorenzo Sozio at with any questions.

Athletic Awards Virtual Ceremony

As you all know, COVID-19 has caused everyone to come up with alternate ways for their yearly traditions. This time of year, The Mount traditionally hosts the Athletics Banquet to honor our teams and seniors.

This year, we could not celebrate them the way we traditionally do, but still wanted to recognize our athletes with a virtual banquet. 

Please join us as we honor our seniors and varsity teams!

View Video

Fall Athletics Senior Spotlight - Madison Peluso '20

Madison is a 2 year Varsity Soccer player. She is a very versatile player who played many positions. Peluso played strong defense and did what was ever asked for the team. She will be attending Sacred Heart University in the fall.

FAVORITE MEMORY - "My favorite memory is when I scored the winning goal against Glen Ridge. It was at night, under the lights and there was so much adrenaline. The feeling of scoring that goal was so exciting, along with hugs from my team, and was such a memorable moment.”