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Staples' Bergonzi Scores Twice

Frankie Bergonzi struggled to answer the question: Which was more exciting, deciding to attend Colgate University or being named one of the co-captains for the Staples High School soccer team?

"Being named captain is a huge deal,'' said Bergonzi, who will share the honor with Brendan Lesch and Sean Gallagher, "Especially at Staples. The way some of the players who have gone through the program talk puts it in perspective. They still care a lot about the program."

Bergonzi, a senior, will be one of the leaders of a Staples team that is out to defend its Class LL championship. He can do so without the pressure of impressing college recruiters. The decision to play for Colgate alleviates that stress.

The defender said the decision came about rapidly after he attended a one-day camp at Colgate in the spring. He considered other schools. Colgate, however, seemed like the best fit from an academic and athletic standpoint. "It's really nice to get that out of the way,'' Bergonzi said. "I'm not one to get stressed out, but it's a relief."

Bergonzi also plays basketball at Staples and until this year was a member of the baseball team. He gave up baseball to concentrate on soccer, and also plays for the Beachside program. The focus in the fall will be to bring another state title back to Westport. He would also like to end a three-year scoreless streak.

"I've been dying to get a goal,'' Bergonzi laughs. "I've been on the team for three years and still don't have one. Everybody has been kidding me about that. I'll get one this year. You can mark my words."

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