Rams by the Numbers: A passing record, soccer skills, and pool sharks

New Canaan quarterback Drew Pyne throws a pass during the Turkey Bowl at Dunning Field in November. — Dave Stewart photo
New Canaan quarterback Drew Pyne throws a pass during the Turkey Bowl at Dunning Field in November. — Dave Stewart photo

The New Canaan girls soccer team has had an impressive season, but this week’s Rams by the Numbers leads off with a football record and gridiron shutout for New Canaan.

We’ll then take a look at the soccer and swim teams in the postseason, and try and catch up with senior Andrew Malling, who is still impressing on the cross country courses. This week’s edition then wraps up with some college sports.


Career passing yards for New Canaan junior quarterback Drew Pyne, who now ranks No. 1 all-time in the football program. Pyne ranked third behind Matt Milano (6,335) and Michael Collins (6,323) heading into last Friday’s game against Norwalk, and he collected 205 passing yards to jump past both former QBs.


Score of the Rams’ football victory over Norwalk last Friday at Dunning Field. New Canaan put the game away early with 21 points in the first quarter. Pyne threw TD passes to Quintin O’Connell and Wyatt Wilson, while Christian Sweeney ran for a touchdown in that opening frame.


Goals scored by the New Canaan girls soccer team, which shut out the Conard Chieftains in the opening round of the CIAC Class LL tournament on Monday. Dillyn Patten scored twice, with Emma Schuh, Kaleigh Harden and Olivia Cosco also hitting the back of the net.


Time between Patten’s goals late in the first half of the victory over Conard on Monday. The Rams led just 1-0 late in the half when Patten scored her first goal with 4:17 remaining, and then added another with 1:07 on the clock. The 3-0 halftime advantage gave New Canaan plenty of cushion as it advanced to the second round.


Score of the Rams’ loss to the Staples Wreckers in the second round of the Class LL girls soccer tournament on Thursday. New Canaan led 1-0, but the Wreckers rallied and scored the winning goal in the 76th minute. It was the second time this season that Staples defeated the Rams 2-1.


Andrew Malling’s time over 5,000 meters at the CIAC State Open last Thursday in Wickham Park. The NCHS senior finished 11th, led all FCIAC runners at the Open, and qualified for the New England championships on Nov. 10 in Manchester, N.H.


Time in the 100 backstroke for New Canaan sophomore Alex Pastushan, who finished second at the FCIAC swim finals last Thursday in Greenwich. Pastushan’s silver-medal showing was the top finish for the Rams, who were seventh overall with 188 points. She was also third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.46.


Score of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies’ win over Green Bay-Wisconsin in women’s swimming and diving on Saturday. The Grizzlies’ roster features New Canaan’s Katie Colwell, a junior who helped pick up 28 points in the victory. She was part of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:52.45), won the 200 freestyle (1:55.32), and finished second in the 100 freestyle (51.60) and 400 freestyle relay (3:31.83).


Team-high tackles for Cole Harris, a senior linebacker on the Wesleyan University football team. A 2014 graduate of NCHS, Harris also has two sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss. The Cardinals are 5-3 this fall and will host Trinity in their season finale at noon, Saturday.


Score of the Washington & Lee volleyball team’s win over Randolph-Macon for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. The Generals’ roster includes New Canaan’s Carson Allsteadt, a freshman outside hitter.