Kennedy Catholic Wins State Title

Jack Zona scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime off an assist from Bryan Szpindor as John F. Kennedy Catholic High School defeated Long Island champion Holy Trinity, 7-6, for the CHSAA state championship.

It was the second state title in four years for the Gaels, who received 18 saves from freshman goalie Sean Carroll.

“To beat Holy Trinity this year meant so much to our kids,” Kennedy coach Vin Savastano told Catholic Sports Scene and Catholic New York. “The last two years we lost by a goal to them at their place. This year on our own field, we would not be denied.”

Kennedy Catholic earned a spot in the state final by winning the CHSAA Class A city championship with a 7-5 victory over Msgr. Farrell May 12. Senior Greg Brann, who will play next season at NCAA power Loyola University in Baltimore, finished with two goals and two assists, and Carroll made 12 saves.

“We are so proud of our kids,” said Savastano. “We put together the hardest schedule we’ve ever had here at Kennedy. We took our lumps early and found all of our weaknesses.

“We put together two gameplans that the kids executed to perfection leading us both to the city and state championships.”

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