Military Appreciation game Saturday at St. Joseph

On Saturday April 6, St. Joseph High School will host a Military Appreciation Boys Lacrosse Game versus Masuk High School at 2 p.m at Dalling Field.

A Military Honor Guard will present the Colors prior to the game, and there will also be three guests of honor for that day.

Both lacrosse teams will wear special camouflage game jerseys and the players will be able to purchase and keep them.

The money they raise from the jersey sale as well, as all admissions and concessions funds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to support wounded troops coming back from the war.

On Friday night at Vazzy’s Four Season, the teams will attend a special fundraising dinner.

Nick Marsan, a Sergeant in the Army Reserve and a Fairfield Prep graduate, and John Zsoldos, a 2004 graduate of Masuk High, will both speak at the dinner.

The dinner and the game day have been accepted by the Wounded Warrior Foundation as a formal fundraiser.

Marsan is a 14-year veteran of the United States Army and Army NationalGuard. He served in the Active Army during the 90s as an infantryman and a Fire Direction Chief for the Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Marsan re-joined the Army as an infantryman in the CT National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Division, a mountain warfare component of the Army’s 86th Brigade Combat Team.

He was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantry squad leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor for actions taken while operating in combat operations in Afghanistan’s Laghman Province.

Marsan is a 1991 graduate of Fairfield Prep, holds a BA in History from UCONN, and is currently a graduate student at WestConn. He is also a firefighter for the Town of Westport.

Zsoldos enlisted in the Army Reserve in February, 2007. His Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) is Intel Collector.

He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, & Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His Overseas Deployment was with the 306th Military Police Batallion at Camp Bucca, Iraq from 2008-2009.

His current assignment (US Army Reserve): C Company, 325th Military Intel Battalion.

Zsoldos  is a Junior at Western Connecticut State University (GI Bill), majoring in Management Information Systems with a focus in network security.

The teams will also honor Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nichio at both the dinner and the game.

Nichio is one of St. Joseph’s biggest fans and can be seen on the sideline at most of their home games.

Their son Peter, a sergeant in The CT National Guard attended St. Joseph in the early nineties and is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Pete visited the lacrosse team last year and spoke to them about family, teamwork and leadership and is one of coach Joe Izzo’s heroes and a close personal friend to both he and the team.