CHS Lacrosse And Girls' Tennis Teams Pick Up Wins In Packed Friday Slate, Boys' Tennis And Baseball Seniors Honored

CHS Lacrosse And Girls' Tennis Teams Pick Up Wins In Packed Friday Slate, Boys' Tennis And Baseball Seniors Honored

On Friday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (9-5) battled to win 11-9 over Daniel Hand (9-6) and sweep the regular-season series.

The rivals traded runs at the outset. Cheshire came out fast to take a 4-0 lead on two goals from senior tri-captain Leah Black, along with tallies from juniors Ava Harris and Alex Lucas.

Senior Tori Santi earned two assists in the opening spurt.

Hand responded with a five-goal surge to take the lead.

Senior tri-captain Hannah Merritt netted a goal to tie the game at 6-6, however Hand retook the lead on a goal by senior Karleigh Kokoruda. Harris converted on two shots to propel the Rams to a 7-6 advantage, but Kokoruda supplied a goal to tie the game going into halftime.

In the second half, Black and Lucas scored to propel the Rams to leads of 8-7 and 9-8, yet the Tigers tied the game twice on shots by senior Kacie Wines.

Finally with 5:35 left, junior Lauren Samela scored on a free-position shot to put the Rams ahead to stay at 10-9. Cheshire capped the scoring with 27 seconds left, as junior Ava Matikowski found the back of the net.

Defensively, the Rams posted a shutout for the final 10:47 of action. Junior goalkeeper Audrey Bronson made six saves.

Next Tuesday, CHS visits Milford to compete against Lauralton Hall (7-7) at 3:45 p.m. On April 26, Cheshire recorded a 17-8 victory in the first meeting.

Boys’ Lacrosse (12-2)

The Rams won 10-8 at Joel Barlow (9-5) to push their win streak to five games. Cheshire jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening quarter and held a 6-3 advantage at intermission.

Junior goalkeeper Connor Atwater made a personal-best 19 saves to help CHS seal the road win.

Sophomore Matt Jeffery netted five goals and junior Charles Kurtz found the back of the net four times. Both players had two assists.

Freshman Sean Grevelding supplied a goal and sophomore Ryan Grove won 13 of 21 face-offs.

Next Tuesday, the Rams face New Fairfield (8-5) at 6 p.m. Six seniors will be recognized before the final regular-season home game.

Girls’ Tennis (7-5)

At Eisenhower Park, Cheshire posted a 5-2 victory over host Lauralton Hall (7-6) to secure a split of the series in the regular season. In singles, freshman Alex Orlins, junior Asya Tarabar, and freshman Eva Curran all swept their games.

Orlins is unbeaten at 11-0.

In doubles, juniors Julia Hummel and Rachel Goldstein won 7-5, 6-4, while junior Lizzy Klem and sophomore Arya Desai picked up an 8-3 victory.

On Monday, the Rams visit Guilford to compete at 3:45 p.m. On April 13, the Grizzlies came away victorious, 4-3, at CHS.

Softball (12-5)

Cheshire fell 15-2 in five innings at East Haven (15-2). In the first inning, CHS struck first on a RBI single by senior Catherine Palmer in the first, but EH tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning.

The Yellow Jackets went up 2-1 in the second and then broke open the game with nine runs during the third. Sophomore Karla Carangelo hit a home run in the fourth, but EH added four more runs to win by the mercy rule.

Senior Grace Lurz doubled for the Rams and junior Karissa Spring added a single. Spring and sophomore Taylor Kozlowski pitched for CHS.

EH led 11-4 in hits en route to winning the series in the regular season.

On Monday, the Rams travel for a game at North Haven (9-8). Start time is 7 p.m.

On April 5, Cheshire posted a 7-6 win over their rival.

Baseball (9-9)

On Senior Day, Cheshire fell 16-8 to Lyman Hall (10-6). The Trojans put up runs in the first two innings, but the Rams rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second. Seniors Devin Grove (two RBIs) and Ethan Rosenthal (RBI) both earned doubles.

Senior Damon Zurolo drove in the fourth run on a ground out.

In the third inning, Grove supplied a two-out, RBI single to put Cheshire up 5-2.

CHS had momentum, but the Trojans took the lead for good in the fourth. Five players combined to drive in eight runs to take a 10-5 advantage.

The Rams put up three more runs, but six errors proved costly in their second loss to LH this season.

Junior Ryan Barbieri doubled twice and scored two runs for CHS. In a career-best performance, senior Phoenix Kasinskas contributed a double, a single, and two RBIs.

Sophomore Kyle Cyr singled twice and scored a run. Mulligan chipped in a double and a run scored.

Senior co-captain EJ Quint reached on a single, while junior Ryan Murphy had two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Senior Ryan Camp (strikeout) pitched the first three innings and sophomore Aiden Erickson (two strikeouts) worked in relief. Both players allowed six hits and five walks.

Prior to the game, the Rams recognized their senior class of Quint, co-captain Luca Raccio, Camp, Grove, Kasinskas, Mulligan, Rosenthal, and Zurolo. A 1965 CHS graduate, Army veteran Don Falk threw out the first pitch.

On Monday, Cheshire heads to West Haven (8-8) for a rematch at 3:45 p.m. On April 21, the Rams walked off with a 7-6 victory.

Boys’ Tennis (6-7)

Cheshire lost 6-1 to Fairfield Prep (13-2). At number one singles, captain Utsav Subramani earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory to extend his unbeaten season.

The Jesuits claimed the regular-season series.

Before the match, Subramani and first-year player Tyler Tan were honored on Senior Day.

On Monday, Cheshire faces Daniel Hand (15-1) at 3:45 p.m. In the first meeting on April 13, the Tigers recorded a 6-1 win over the Rams.


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