Athletics News

IN THE NEWS: Mount's Track Team Off to Good Start

Published in The Progress

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy indoor track team started its season on a positive note.

The team competed in the Essex County Season Opener on Friday, Dec. 20 and the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division Championships on Monday, Dec. 23.

At the SEC Championships, junior Alexa Raphael '21 set a school record while capturing first place as she ran 7.51 in the 55m dash. Sophomore Gianna Mangili '22 placed third with a personal-record 7.71.

Raphael took third in the 200m dash (27.32), while Mangili took sixth (28.01). In the 800m, junior Carol Aguirre '21 took fourth with a personal-record 2:39, and senior Sydney Anish '20 took seventh in a personal-record 2:45.

Sophomore Carina Navas '22 took fourth in the 1600m in a personal-record 6:07.

In the novice sprint medley and novice distance medley, freshmen Maria Holevas '23, Amanda Galasso '23, Ava LaBruno '23 and Olivia LaBruno '23 placed first and set the meet record in both events.

“Our team had some really strong performances last winter,” said Richard O’Connor, who is in his fourth year as head coach and sixth year at the Mount. “We had multiple athletes qualify for Eastern States Championships and had an athlete qualify for the state Meet of Champions.

“We lost quite a few seniors from our distance group but return all of our sprinters from last year. We also had a very strong cross country season this fall and have many of those athletes competing with us this winter.”

O’Connor expects Raphael and senior Julia Acevedo '20 to lead the team this year.

“Alexa Raphael is our top returner from last year,” he said. “She is our school record holder in the 55m dash, 55m hurdles and 200m dash. Last year, she qualified for the New Jersey state Meet of Champions in the 55m hurdles and is one of the top returners in the Liberty Division Conference and Non-Public B across all of her events.

“Julia Acevedo has proven to be one of the best long jumpers in the county over the past few years. Last year, she qualified for the Eastern States Championships in the long jump and also contributes to many of our relays during the winter.”

A handful of other returning runners are expected to contribute.

“We have a really deep team this year and expect returners like seniors Anya Michalewski '20 and Sydney Anish, juniors Carol Aguirre and Alison Arcoleo '21, and sophomore Carina Navas to lead our team this year through their performances on the track.”

A number of newcomers have joined the team.

“We have a tremendous group of new athletes this winter that we are really excited about,” O’Connor said. “Gianna Mangili is starting her first winter track season after a great spring track season as a freshman last year. She qualified for the Non-Public A State Championships in the 100m dash and should be one of the top sprinters in Non-Public B this winter.

“We have a number of freshmen who have a ton of potential and that we are excited to see race early this winter including Maria Holevas, Amanda Galasso, Ava LaBruno, Olivia LaBruno and Michela Peluso '23. They are a confident bunch who seem to have great chemistry. We have some great upperclassmen leaders, so they are in good hands.”

The team hopes to accomplish a lot this season.

“We hope to place in the top five as a team at the Non-Public B State Relay Championships and the Non-Public B State Group Championships,” O’Connor said. “We also hope to send as many athletes as possible to the Eastern States Championships and the New Jersey state Meet of Champions. For our group of young freshmen, we hope that they will find a love for the sport and realize the significant potential they have as a group and as individuals for the future.”

IN THE NEWS: Mount Bowling Team 'Very Young,' Coach Says

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy bowling team consists of many younger players who are hoping to develop their skills and upperclassmen who are looking to take on leadership roles.

The Lions’ record is 4-7 under first-year head coach Marissa Muoio '08.

The team is composed of one senior, four juniors and five freshmen.

“We are a very young team that has a lot of enthusiasm for the sport but is in the early stages of developing the fundamentals,” Muoio said. “Our goals are both to develop our younger players – about half of our team are freshmen – and to encourage our juniors to take a leadership role. All of our freshmen have never bowled before, so it is important for us to provide them with the fundamentals.”

The team is led by juniors Alex Cruz' 21 and Isabella Vescera '21.

“They have both been with the team for three years and are dedicated to the sport,” Muoio said.

The team graduated three members last year after they earned honors in the Super Essex Conference American Division. They were Giuliana Seymour '19 and Grace Mittenzwei '19, who were named first team, all-conference, and Livela Monono '19, who was named to the second team, all-conference.

The team’s current members, in addition to Cruz and Vescera, include senior Amanda Baldyga '20, juniors Catherine Browne '21 and Kaitlyn Hladik '21, and freshmen Francesca Burrier '23, Annabella Heaney '23, Cara D’Angelo '23, Meeghan Lonieski '23 and Julia DiGiovanni '23.

Although this is her first year as head coach, Muoio is no stranger to Mount athletics. She was the assistant bowling coach there for two years, although she didn’t coach last year. She also was the assistant softball coach for six seasons and coached summer softball for four seasons.

The team’s assistant coach is Kristen Zosche, who is in her first season with the bowling team. Zosche has been the assistant cross country coach for four seasons and also coached winter and spring track for three seasons.

The team was set to play Science Park on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Montclair on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The Lions will take on Cristo Rey Newark on Tuesday, Jan. 21; Nutley on Wednesday, Jan. 22; Irvington on Monday, Jan. 27; Bloomfield on Tuesday, Jan. 28; and West Side on Wednesday, Jan. 29. All matches take place at Brunswick Zone in Belleville.

The Essex County Tournament team championship is scheduled Monday, Feb. 3, and the Essex County Tournament individual championship is set for Wednesday, Feb. 5. Both will be at Hanover Lanes in East Hanover.

The NJSIAA State Tournament is set for Saturday, Feb. 8 at Bowler City in Hackensack.

IN THE NEWS: Mount Basketball Team is 2-4 Early in Season

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy basketball team has been playing very competitively since the season began Friday, Dec. 20.

The Lions (2-4) opened up their season with a 51-13 victory over Montclair.

“We began the season with a convincing opening-night victory,” said head coach David Mead. “We forced 39 turnovers and held them to four field goals for the game. Sophomore Alexa Murphy '22 had a great night, scoring 13 points, dished out six assists and had six steals. Juliet Howell '22 also started the season well with 15 points, seven rebounds and nine steals. Sophomore Amanda Micciche '22 had eight points. We jumped out to a 15-2 first-quarter lead, then led at halftime, 31-6.”

The next regular-season game was a loss to DePaul on Monday, Dec. 23.

“We lost a heartbreaker to DePaul in our home opener,” Mead said. “We got off to a slow start and fell behind by 10 points early. Down 27-16 at halftime, we outscored them 18-9 in the third quarter to cut their lead to one. We took the lead by two in the fourth quarter but ended up losing 46-45.”

Freshman Mia Barone '23 and Howell each scored 11 points. Sophomore Jade Larkin '22 had eight points, and junior Bianca Coltenback '21 had seven points.

Mount St. Dominic then hosted its annual Holiday Basketball Festival and lost to Pope John, St. Elizabeth and Montclair Immaculate.

“Our Christmas tournament always has the toughest competition,” Mead said. “Pope John, St. Elizabeth Academy, Montclair Immaculate, Hudson Catholic and Rutgers Prep were all coming off 20-win seasons. Immaculate, Hudson Catholic and Rutgers Prep are also all ranked in the state this year.”

The Lions lost to Pope John, 55-26, on Thursday, Dec. 26. Larkin scored seven points and was 5-5 from the foul line. Coltenback scored six points.

“We came back with a much better effort against St. Elizabeth Academy, losing 62-52,” Mead said, referring to a game Friday, Dec. 27. Howell had 19 points, Larkin scored 11 points and Coltenback scored 12 points.

The Lions then lost to Montclair Immaculate, 70-43, on Sunday, Dec. 29. Howell scored 15 points, and Larkin scored 12 points and was 4-4 from the foul line.

“The games that we played in the Christmas tournament really get us ready for division play,” Mead said.

The Lions defeated Millburn on Friday, Jan. 3.

“In a very hard-fought contest, we won 43-29,” he said. “We didn’t play particularly well, but we learned how tough we are, and we also learned that we can survive when we don’t play our best but compete with everything we have. We forced Millburn to commit 28 turnovers. Bianca Coltenback scored 13 points, blocked three shots, pulled down five rebounds and had five steals. Freshman Megan Mohr '23, a key reserve, made an important impact in the game by grabbing four rebounds, each in critical moments of the game.”

Murphy scored six points and had six steals. Larkin scored six of her nine points in the fourth quarter and pulled down eight rebounds.

The Lions will take on Newark Collegiate on Thursday, Jan. 9; Shabazz on Saturday, Jan. 11; and Livingston on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

IN THE NEWS: MSDA Soccer Ranked in Top 50’s girls soccer 2019 final Top 50 ranking - the complete list

By Brandon Gould | NJ Advance Media for

NJ Advance Media’s release of the final girls soccer Top 50. Check out the list below to see where the teams landed in the final ranking of the season.

27-Mount St. Dominic (12-6-1)

Mount St. Dominic played a tough schedule in Essex County this fall, but this team was able to keep up and compete with the best of the best in that area. Dominique Bevacqua '20 led the offense this fall, while Riley Durborow '20 set the tone on defense.

See the article here.

IN THE NEWS: MSDA Sent Runners to State Cross Country Group Championships
By NANCY D'UVA Contributing Writer for The Progress
November 18, 2019

The cross country NJSIAA Group Championships were Saturday, Nov. 16, and both James Caldwell High School and Mount St. Dominic Academy had runners compete.

Mount St. Dominic had seven runners compete in the Non-Public Group Championships.

“Our two seniors, Aly Greenberg '20 and Gabby Caputo '20, ran lifetime bests on the Holmdel course (23:30 and 24:00, respectively), with Aly improving 43 places and over three minutes (3:42) from last year. Gabby improved 17 places and ran her best time at Holmdel by 56 seconds,” said the Mount's head coach Robert DeCarlo. “Our team placement was 15th (up from 16th last fall) with a total score 83 points lower than in 2018 and a team average of 24:04, which is 1:45 faster than last year. Solid improvement all around.”

Along with Greenberg and Caputo, freshman Cara D’Angelo '23 (24:00), sophomore Victoria Wall '22 (24:07), sophomore Juliana Herbst '22 (24:44), sophomore Carina Navas '22 (25:49) and freshman Lea Przyhocki '23 (26:42) competed in the group championships.

Greenberg placed 72nd; D'Angelo, 81st; Caputo, 82nd; Wall, 84th; Herbst, 89th; Navas, 100th; and Przyhocki, 111th.

“The rest of our top seven, Cara D’Angelo, Victoria Wall, Juliana Herbst, Carina Navas and Lea Przyhocki, all return next year, so the future looks bright,” DeCarlo said.

At the Essex County Championships on Friday, Nov. 1, Mount St. Dominic placed 11th.

“Although the team placement wasn’t what we’d hoped for, our girls all ran excellent races that day and gave us plenty to be happy about, as nine girls ran personal bests that day,” DeCarlo said. “Senior tri-captain Aly Greenberg led the way with a tremendous race. Her 19th-place finish in a time of 20:59 was her lifetime best on any course and was an improvement of over 90 seconds from last year’s Essex County Championships.”

Navas finished as the team’s No. 2 runner.

“She ran a time of 22:09, a nearly two-minute improvement on any course,” the coach said. “Senior tri-captain Gabby Caputo (22:36) and freshmen Cara D’Angelo (22:39) and Lea Przyhocki (23:15) finished in the top 75, with sophomore Juliana Herbst finishing as our sixth runner in a PR of 23:54 and senior tri-captain Sophia Amelung '20 battling a nagging leg injury to record a season-best time of 24:01.”

DeCarlo said four JV runners recorded lifetime 5K bests in the JV race: Wall, 23:19; Lizzie Victori '21, 23:48; Stephanie Peters '22, 26:02; and Elena Tyndall '21, 26:30. Freshmen Ava LaBruno '23 finished in fourth place and Amanda Hayes '23 finished in fifth place, both earning medals in the freshmen race.

The Lions also competed at the NJCTC Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9.

“We ran our No. 6-12 runners in the JV race and rested our varsity,” DeCarlo said. “The JV team placed second in their race.”

Wall placed fifth (23:26), followed by LaBruno (PR of 23:57) and Herbst (23:58).

See the article in The Progress.