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The Northeast Notebook dives into the latest news from the last week. New Canaan (Conn.) wins the FCIAC, Geneva (N.Y.) moves on to the finals without its coaches, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) is back on top and a program record in Connecticut highlight this week.
Back on Top
New Canaan (Conn.) won its first FCIAC title since 2013 with an 8-7 win over Wilton (Conn.) last week. Goalie Carl Mazabras made 15 saves to earn MVP honors.
The title is New Canaan’s 10th overall title and first for head coach Chip Buzzeo since his first year as head coach in 2013.
Darien (Conn.) had won the last five FCIAC titles, but fell to Wilton 4-3 in the conference semifinal.
New Canaan awaits the winner of Southington (Conn.)/Stamford (Conn.) in the second round of the Class L playoffs.
Connor Durkin helped lead Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) back to the state playoffs, accounting for five goals in a 12-9 win over Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) in the Section III Class C final. The title win is Jamesville’s 10th sectional title in the last 11 years.
Matt Davidson set the Foran (Conn.) school record with 10 goals in a 19-5 win over Middletown (Conn.) on Friday.
266 and Done
Cheshire (Conn.) head coach Rich Pulisciano announced his retirement last week after winning 266 career games. Pulisciano has been the head coach of the Rams since 1998 and won two state championships (2002, 2010).
Geneva (N.Y.) reached the Section 5 Class C championship game with a 17-4 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.), but did it without their coaching staff. According to the Finger Lakes Times, the Geneva city school district placed head coach LJ Russell and assistant coach Brian Travis on administrative leave.
“Due to personnel reasons I can’t make any comments,” Geneva superintendent Trina Newton said Thursday when asked why Russell and Travis have been placed on administrative leave. “We’re taking our time and being thorough during this investigation.”
Russell, who has compiled a career record of 194-93 in 15 seasons declined comment, citing legal reasons.
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