Cheshire Girls' Golf Captures First SCC Crown On Wednesday, Rams Boys' Lacrosse Rallies By Falcons, Softball Team Falls Short In Class LL

Cheshire Girls' Golf Captures First SCC Crown On Wednesday, Rams Boys' Lacrosse Rallies By Falcons, Softball Team Falls Short In Class LL

On Wednesday, Cheshire High School girls’ golf made history at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford, winning the program’s first Southern Connecticut Conference crown. CHS shot a 373 and won by 10 strokes over Amity.

With an 83, junior Mia Hidalgo tied Amity junior Ava Gross for the individual crown. Sophomore Sydney Hidalgo tallied an 88 to join her older sister on the All-SCC Team.

Senior Molly DeMeo (100), senior captain Bella DelRosso (100), and junior Mackenzie Corcoran (103) also contributed for the Rams.

On June 9, the Rams will visit Grassy Hill Country Club for the Division I Championship at 8:30 a.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (fourth seed, 14-4)

In the Class L First Round, Cheshire came from behind to win 12-11 over Fairfield Ludlowe (20th seed, 10-9).

Fairfield jumped out to leads of 2-0, 3-1, and 5-2, but CHS rallied on a 3-0 run to tie the game in the second quarter. Freshman Matt Jeffery scored to start the spurt and then sophomore Charles Kurtz put in consecutive goals.

Senior co-captain Brian Bouwman netted his third and final goal to tie the game at 6-6 with 31 seconds left in the second quarter, but junior Liam Keesser scored at the 13-second mark to put Fairfield up at halftime.

Following intermission, Kurtz recorded his last two goals to propel the Rams to their first lead at 8-7. The Falcons drew even on a goal by junior Colin McCarthy, however CHS took the lead for good on two goals from Jeffery in the final 2:25 of the third quarter. Senior Jack Lovelace assisted on both goals.

Jeffery, who returned to the lineup after going down with an injury on April 12, recorded his first hat trick against Fairfield.

After McCarthy tallied his fifth goal to pull Fairfield to within 10-9, CHS responded with goals from junior Andrew Benjamin and senior Evan Stern. With 2:10 remaining, Stern netted the eventual game-winner on a pass from senior PJ Cass.

The Falcons rallied with two goals from senior Jake Fratarcangeli in the final 1:40. Fairfield won a face-off with under five seconds remaining, but Cheshire created a turnover to clinch the victory.

Bouwman and Lovelace both had three assists for the Rams. Juniors Jason Raba and Max Manware joined Cass with assists, while senior Aidan Gaudet controlled 15 of 27 face-offs.

CHS limited the Falcons to just four goals in the second half. Defensively, the Rams received a boost with the return of senior co-captain Nick DiDomizio from a jaw injury.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Vernon finished with 12 saves.

In quarterfinal action, Cheshire hosts Wilton (fifth seed, 14-4) on Saturday. The plan is to play at 5 p.m.

The quarterfinal will be the final home game for the senior class of Bouwman, DiDomizio, Dan Bourdeau, John Casner, Cass, Andrew Daigle, Jack Davis, Gaudet, Brad Krutz, Lovelace, Ryan Mancl, Stern, Vernon, and Ty White.

Softball (third seed, 20-3)

After having a bye in the Class LL First Round, the Rams fell 6-4 to Trumbull (14th seed, 15-6) to end a three-game win streak.

Cheshire scored first in the second inning. Senior Kailey Sweigard drew a walk and scored on an RBI double by freshman Karla Carangelo.

Trumbull responded with five runs in the third, taking the lead for good. Juniors Jenna Duffy and Kiley Barbagallo both had two-run singles, while sophomore Maura Carbone tallied an RBI double.

In the fourth, Trumbull extended the lead to 6-1 on an RBI single from Duffy, but the Rams rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Sweigard scored on a throwing error and then junior Grace Lurz and senior Trinadey Santiago both contributed RBI singles.

The Rams had the bases loaded with one out, but Trumbull senior pitcher Mackenzie Bruggeman worked out of trouble and didn’t give up another run in the game.

For Cheshire, senior pitcher Bri Pearson (19-3) gave up eight hits and two walks, recording five strikeouts.

CHS will graduate a deep senior class of co-captains Dee Floyd, Gracie Hemstock, Pearson, Santiago, and Ella Watson, as well as Bridie Borland, Emma Glover, and Sweigard.

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