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IN THE NEWS: Mount's Cross Country Team Undefeated in Two Dual Meets

The Mount St. Dominic Academy cross country team has opened the season with a strong start.

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy cross country team has opened the season with a strong start.

The Lions (6-0) won all of their Super Essex Conference dual meets in the first two weeks of the season with victories over Newark Collegiate, St. Vincent and Belleville on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Irvington, Payne Tech and West Caldwell Tech on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Last year, the Lions finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and in third place in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division standings. They placed third at the SEC Liberty Division Championships and ninth overall and second among Liberty Division teams at the Essex County Championships.

“Our goals are a top three finish in our conference and to improve on last year’s county, New Jersey Catholic Track Conference and NJSIAA Non-Public A finishes,” said first-year head coach Robert DeCarlo. “There is a really great esprit de corps with this year’s group of girls. They have a lot of fun working together, and we truly enjoy coaching them.”

DeCarlo said this year’s team is a mix of veteran athletes and newcomers.

“Though we are led by four veteran runners in seniors Aly Greenberg, Gabby Caputo, Sydney Anish and Sophia Amelung, the rest of the team is a great mix of a dozen ninth through 11th graders, any of whom can slot into our top seven where and when needed,” he said. “At this stage of our season, Aly is our No. 1, coming off of a strong spring 2019 season. Gabby, Sydney and Sophia have been our two through four, but freshmen Lea Przyhocki, Cara D’Angelo and Ava LaBruno are ready to mix it up with sophomores Juliana Herbst and Carina Navas and junior Elena Tyndall.”

Another newcomer is sophomore transfer Victoria Wall. “She shows promise as a first-year runner,” he said.

The small number of team members is a challenge. “With a small team and limited numbers, figuring out everyone’s training load and recovery needs is key,” he said. “We have a long season and a lot of races to toe the line at and not a lot of room for error with injuries.”

DeCarlo has been coaching at Mount St. Dominic since spring 2018 as an assistant coach and distance coach under track head coach Richard O’Connor, who had been the head cross country coach for three seasons.

“Following the spring 2019 season, Rich and I talked and thought it best for all involved for me to take the reins as head cross country coach, allowing for me to build the distance program and work with the girls year-round,” DeCarlo said. O’Connor and Kristen Zosche are assistant coaches this year.

DeCarlo has been coaching since 1999, starting at Old Tappan before moving on to Don Bosco Prep from 2002 to 2013. There he was named North Jersey “Coach of the Decade” for 2000-2009. He coached for two years at Felician University before coming to the Mount.

“I teach literature and philosophy at the Mount,” he said. “I came to the Mount to teach and then found my way back into coaching.”

The Lions were set to face Livingston and Science Park on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The rest of the schedule includes West Essex, West Side and Cedar Grove on Tuesday, Sept. 24; the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28; the SEC Liberty Division Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 2; the Essex Coaches Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12; and the Essex County Championships on Friday, Nov. 1.

After that are the NJCTC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9 and the NJSIAA Group Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16.

IN THE NEWS: Mount Tennis Team Wins Season Opener

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy tennis team is off to a positive start and hopes to continue its success of last season.

The Lions (1-0) defeated Glen Ridge, 3-2, in its season opener Thursday, Sept. 5.

Last year, the Lions were 10-8. That was a complete turnaround from the 2017 season, when they registered just one victory. The team also won the Super Essex Conference Colonial Division last year by not losing to a conference team.

“Having the girls go undefeated in our conference was really exciting,” said Brianna Turano '10, who is in her fourth year as head coach.

The team lost six seniors to graduation, three of whom were starters. This year’s team is mostly seniors.

“We lost three of our starting seniors, including our first singles and first and second doubles,” Turano said. “Most of the girls came back out this season as well. We have many seniors and a small group of underclassmen. I am looking to hopefully get some more freshmen and sophomores.”

The team will be led by seniors Julie Schramm '20, Taylor Schmey '20, and Cat Morales'20, who will be playing at singles.

“I know they are ready to lead the team and push themselves as well as one another in each and every match,” the coach said. All three of the players were named to the first team, all-conference last year.

Also contributing will be several newcomers.

“We have three new freshmen and one new sophomore,” Turano said. “Tori Schmey '23, who is Taylor’s younger sister, will definitely be an asset to our team. She’s athletic and works hard. She also recently won her first girls 16-and-under title.”

The Mount is now in the Liberty Division of the Super Essex Conference.

“I am looking for improvement from all of the girls,” she said. “We are in a more competitive conference this year, so they will need to give it their all each and every match.”

Other team members include seniors Sofia Zangari'20 and Melanie Touchard '20, who were both named to the second team, all-conference last year; Anne Johnson '20; and Bethann Baldyga '20.

Junior varsity team members include seniors Illeana Mercurio '20, Emma Hlakik '20, Keira Toomey '20 and Isabella Berlangieri '20; junior Ava Pizarro '21; sophomore Shea Lerner '22; and freshmen Katie King '23, Emma Buono '23 and Annabella Heaney '23.

The Lions were set to take on West Essex on Monday, Sept. 9 and Newark Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

They are scheduled to play Nutley on Friday, Sept. 13; Bloomfield on Monday, Sept. 16; Montclair on Wednesday, Sept. 18; and Millburn on Friday, Sept. 20.

Also on the schedule: Belleville on Monday, Sept. 23; Columbia on Wednesday, Sept. 25; Verona on Thursday, Sept. 26; Montclair Kimberley Academy on Friday, Sept. 27; Livingston on Wednesday, Oct. 2; West Orange on Thursday, Oct. 3; and Governor Livingston on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

IN THE  NEWS: Mount's Soccer Team Wins First Two Matches

MSDA soccer team has opened up its season with a 2-0 record.

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy soccer team has opened up its season with a 2-0 record.

The Lions defeated Nutley, 1-0, in overtime Thursday, Sept. 5 and Montclair Kimberley Academy, 2-1, in overtime Saturday, Sept. 7.

Last season, the Lions finished with an 11-6-2 record and the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division championship.

The Lions were seeded sixth in the Essex County Tournament and earned the third seed in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament, where they advanced to the semifinal round. They had a 6-0-1 record in the Liberty Division, which gave them the crown.

“We were always competitive in every game,” said Angelo Del Vecchio, who begins his third year as head coach. “We gave up only 13 goals all season. No opponent scored more than two goals against us in any game.”

Maintaining the team’s stellar defense will be a challenge, he said.

“It will be challenging to continue to play good defense and (have) good goal tending as we have in the past. We must also find a way to put the ball in the opponent’s net more often, which will take some of the pressure off our defense.”

The team lost six seniors to graduation last year but has 13 returning varsity players, including 10 seniors, and seven new varsity players.

“We have 10 seniors on the team, all of whom are good leaders,” he said. “I expect them all to lead by example.”

The team will be led by senior Megan Robinson '20, who was the team’s leading scorer last year with 10 goals and seven assists; senior Dominique Bevacqua '20, who had six goals and eight assists; and sophomore Gianna Mangili '22, who scored five goals last year.

“They should be three of our most important offensive players,” Del Vecchio said.

Robinson scored the game-winning overtime goal on a corner kick against Nutley. Bevacqua scored in the first half against Montclair Kimberley.

Seniors Riley Durborow '20, Courtney Hospes '20 and Alyssa Mastando '20 will lead the defense, the coach said.

“Junior midfielder Claire Mulvihill '21 and junior defender Brynn Caufield '21 will play important roles this season,” he added.

Mulvihill scored the game-winning goal against Montclair Kimberley in overtime. Caufield assisted on Robinson’s goal against Nutley. Sophie Garske '20 picked up both victories in goal.

Bevacqua and Durborow were named to the first team, all-conference last year. Robinson was named to the second team, while Mulvihill and Mangili earned honorable mention.

The Mount is competing in the Super Essex Conference American Division. Del Vecchio said the team would like to be successful in its new division as well as the season tournaments.

“We would like to compete for the American Division and go far into the county and state tournaments. Our goal is to just keep getting a little bit better each day so that we are playing our best soccer at the end of the season.”

The Lions were set to play James Caldwell High School on Tuesday, Sept. 10. They are set to play Glen Ridge on Friday, Sept. 13 and West Orange on Monday, Sept. 16.

IN THE NEWS: Mount St. Dominic Defends Sectional Softball Title
Jun 3, 2019, published in The Progress

For the second straight year, the Mount St. Dominic Academy softball team captured the North Jersey, Non-Public A sectional championship.

The Lions, who were the second seed and finished with a 28-5 record, defeated top-seeded Immaculate Heart Academy, 6-0, in the sectional final Friday, May 31 at Montclair State University.

“It was a great team effort,” co-head coach Rob Stern said, referring to the victory over IHA. “Freshman Sophia Kiseloski threw a one-hitter and dominated the IHA lineup.

“Our team was focused from the start. It reminded us of the way we played in the county final. It was a special night to keep the trophy and win back-to-back sectional titles.”

Kiseloski struck out 12 and had a perfect game going into the seventh inning. After IHA’s lone hit, she struck out the next three batters to end the game.

Kiseloski and Ali Winters led the team offensively.

“Sophia was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Ali was 2-for-3 with two RBI,” Stern said. “Both players came up with timely hitting.”

The Mount then faced Donovan Catholic in the Non-Public A title game, but lost, 11-1, on Saturday, June 1.

Alexa Raphael drove in the Lions’ only run. Dianna Yturbe got the team’s first hit in the third inning. Dani Dabroski> and Alexandra Cruz also had a hit each.

Successful Season

The sectional championship capped off a very successful season for the Lions, who also captured the Essex County Tournament championship and won the Super Essex Conference American Division title.

“This team had put team goals in front of individual goals all season and in the end won a league, county, and sectional title,” Stern said.

The Mount defeated sixth-seeded Pope John, 12-0, in the semifinals of the state tournament. The game was started Wednesday, May 29, then postponed because of weather until the next day.

Dabroski had a triple with four RBI. Johanna Rivera hit two singles, had two RBI and scored once; Kaylee D’Argenio had two hits with a double, two RBI and a run scored; and Cruz added a two-run single and scored twice.

Kiseloski allowed no hits in three innings with four strikeouts. Winters pitched the final two innings, allowing Pope John’s only hit, and struck out three.

The Lions defeated 10th-seeded Hudson Catholic, 18-0, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 22.

Winters struck out 11 in five innings and drove in two runs. Kasey Sekula hit a home run and had four RBI.

The county title is the eighth overall and fourth in the past six seasons for the Mount.

The Lions defeated top-seeded Cedar Grove in the championship game Saturday, May 18, a year after Cedar Grove defeated the Mount, 1-0, in the championship game.

The Lions also continued their success in the American Division of the Super Essex Conference

“We have won or shared the title seven straight seasons in what we think is the best division in New Jersey,” Stern said.