Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse extended their strong start on Saturday, winning 16-4 over North Branford to improve to 3-0 this spring. The Thunderbirds (1-2) jumped ahead 1-0, but the Rams went on a 5-0 spurt to take the lead for good in the first half.
Senior tri-captain Taylor Warburton netted two goals in the early run, while sophomores Lauren Samela, Ava Harris, and Taryn Ugrin also scored. North Branford snapped their drought with 7:17 left in the first half, but Cheshire ended the frame on a 3-0 surge to take an 8-2 lead. Warburton put in consecutive goals and Ugrin found the back of the net to close the opening half.
Warburton tallied all of her four goals before halftime and tied her career-high total. Samela recorded Cheshire’s first three goals in the second half and finished with a personal-best four overall.
Along with joining Warburton with four goals and an assist, Samela helped to build possession on the draw.
The Rams capped the victory on a 4-0 spurt. To ignite the run, junior Hannah Merritt recorded a goal and then assisted on tallies by junior Leah Black and sophomore Alex Lucas.
Senior Hailey Beling and Black both had a goal and an assist in the second half. Lucas scored the final two goals.
Harris joined Beling and Black with a goal and an assist. Like Beling, sophomores Sophia Surato and Taya Buntin earned their first assists. Buntin also picked up her first point.
Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Bronson, who came up with key stops early in the game, finished with a career-best seven saves. CHS has allowed six or less goals in all of their three games.
For the road opener on Tuesday, Cheshire travels to play 2019 Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament Champion Guilford (4-0) at 3:45 p.m.
In a rivalry match-up of unbeaten teams, CHS won 4-0 over Amity (3-1) in the home opener. The Rams scored in the first and fourth innings and then added two more runs in the sixth.
Senior co-captain Bri Pearson (4-0) pitched a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts. At the plate, she also hit a home run.
Junior leadoff hitter Grace Lurz kept up her stellar play, going three-for-three with three singles and a run scored. Senior co-captain Gracie Hemstock went two-for-three with two singles and senior co-captain Trinadey Santiago joined Pearson with an RBI.
Sophomores Jordan Chymbor and Kyla Kampf also scored as courtesy runners.
On Monday, the Rams host Sheehan (2-1) at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (4-0)
To remain undefeated, Cheshire picked up a 7-0 shutout at North Haven. Junior Utsav Subramani, senior captain Yasha Laskin, sophomore Andrew Gershfeld, and senior Josh Goldstein all didn’t drop a game in singles.
Seniors Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling (6-1, 6-3), seniors Ryan Shan and Shrey Sheth (8-2), and freshman Mike Anastasio and sophomore Jonathan Chen (8-2) also swept doubles.
On Monday, CHS comes home to play Fairfield Prep at 3:45 p.m.
The Rams dropped the home opener, 9-0, to unbeaten Amity (4-0). The game was scoreless until the Spartans exploded for eight runs in the third inning. Amity added another run in the sixth.
For Cheshire, senior captain Ryan Scialabba and sophomore Mike Simeone supplied singles. Junior Max Gustafson worked two walks and senior Chris Leddy also had a walk.
Senior Michael Bankowski (eight hits, two strikeouts, two walks) pitched three innings. Senior Connor Mulligan (two hits, two walks, strikeout) and junior Ethan Rosenthal (hit, three walks) both worked two innings of relief. Mulligan made his debut on varsity.
On Monday, Cheshire travels to face North Haven (1-2) at 3:45 p.m.