Debuting a new lineup in Saturday’s opener, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse opened the 2021 season with a 16-6 victory over Amity. Due to being deemed as a close contact for COVID-19, top-point scorer and senior tri-captain Raegan Bailey was unable to play in the game, but the Rams used goals from eight different players to pick up the win.
The Spartans netted the opening goal, but Cheshire came back with goals from senior tri-captain Taylor Warburton and sophomores Ava Matikowski and Ava Harris to take the lead for good.
Sophomore Taryn Ugrin put in consecutive goals to put the Rams up 9-3 with 6:20 left in the second quarter. CHS carried a 10-5 lead into halftime and proceeded to outscore the Spartans 6-1 in the second half.
Behind a new defensive unit, sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Bronson tallied six saves in her varsity debut. Ugrin netted the last two goals to earn a career-high four overall.
Ugrin, Matikowski (goal, three assists), junior Leah Black (two goals, assist), Harris (two goals, assist), sophomore Alexandra Lucas (two goals), and Samela (two assists) collected their first points. Along with her assists, Samela played a key role in controlling the draw.
Warburton compiled two goals and two assists. Junior Hannah Merritt tallied a personal-high two goals and classmate Tori Santi also scored in the victory.
Junior Bailey McDermott led Amity with a hat trick.
CHS will have a break before hosting Lauralton Hall next Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Cheshire shined in their opener, winning 9-0 at Guilford. CHS took the lead for good with two runs in the first inning and capped the scoring with four runs in the sixth.
Senior co-captain Bri Pearson pitched a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. At the plate, she went four-for-four with two doubles, two singles, and four RBIs.
Senior co-captain Trinadey Santiago (home run, double, two RBIs) and freshman Karla Carangelo (RBI) both had two hits in their debuts. Like Pearson, junior Grace Lurz went four-for-four, contributing four singles, four runs scored, and an RBI.
Senior co-captain Dee Floyd supplied two singles and scored twice. Senior co-captains Ella Watson (run scored) and Gracie Hemstock (RBI) chipped in hits.
Sophomores Jordan Chymbor and Kyla Kampf also scored runs.
On Monday, Cheshire heads to Hamden (1-0) to play at 3:45 p.m.
The Rams dropped the opener, 6-4, to host Notre Dame-West Haven at Quigley Stadium. The Green Knights capitalized on four errors to take a 3-0 advantage and extend the lead to 6-1 in the third inning.
The Rams scored a run during the fifth and put up two runs in the seventh, but the rally fell short on the road. Senior captain Ryan Scialabba excelled in the opener, going four-for-four with a home run, a double, two singles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. His first homer came on his dad Steve's birthday.
Junior Max Gustafson (double, walk, two RBIs) and sophomores Mike Simeone (double) and Brian Hersh (single, walk) earned their first hits for the Rams. Junior EJ Quint walked three times and scored twice.
Senior Michael Bankowski made his first start on the mound, yielding five hits and three walks in four innings. He recorded one strikeout.
Junior Ryan Camp (strikeout) and senior Mike Mercaldi (hit by pitch) both worked a scoreless inning in their pitching debuts.
On Monday, CHS visits Wallingford to compete against Sheehan (0-1) at 3 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (1-0)
Cheshire started off with a 6-1 victory over Guilford. Junior Utsav Subramani (6-0), senior captain Yasha Laskin (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Andrew Gershfeld (6-1, 6-1), and senior Josh Goldstein (6-1, 6-2) swept singles.
For seniors in doubles, Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling (6-2, 6-3) and Ryan Shan and Shrey Sheth (7-6, 6-3) came away victorious.
On Monday, Cheshire hosts Branford at 12:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis (0-1)
To kick off the season, the Rams fell 7-0 at Amity.
Cheshire looks to bounce back in Monday’s home opener against Lauralton Hall (1-0). Start time is 4 p.m.