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Cheshire High School field hockey (13-2; 9-0 in Southern Connecticut Conference) repeated as SCC regular season champion yesterday by winning 2-0 at Branford (9-3-2-1). Following a scoreless first half, junior Emma Farrel rebounded the first goal. Farrel and classmate Michelle Federico assisted another classmate Kathleen Lima with three seconds left.
Branford led 16-7 in shots, but senior Lauren Fountain (personal-best 14 saves) collected the shutout. Classmates Lindsey Bonitz and Emily Hague collected one apiece.
Cheshire finishes the regular season slate on Wednesday, traveling to Lyman Hall (4-7-1-1) at 3:45 p.m.
Girls’ Volleyball (16-1; Housatonic Division Champion at 7-1)
Cheshire took the series from Joseph Foran (13-4) 3-1 (25-12, 24-26, 25-14, 25-13). Senior captain Amanda Palladino (17 kills, six blocks) and junior Eryn Dorsey (tied for personal-best 11 kills; seven digs), sophomores Maria Buzzelli (13 digs) and Sarah Rodgers (26 assists, six digs), were key contributors. Meredith Bryden (captain), Sarah Crooker, Brittney Gunneson, and Lisa Walle were honored with Palladino on Senior Night.
The Lady Rams end the regular season tomorrow, visiting Branford (13-4) at 6 p.m. CHS came back from a 2-0 deficit to win the home opener on Sept. 14.
Boys’ Soccer (6-5-4; 3-2-3 in Housatonic)
Senior Matt Mueller scored the lone goal with 36 minutes left, leading Cheshire to a 1-0 win against Xavier (10-3-2) to avenge a previous loss (3-0) from Sept. 20. Senior Evan Colechia secured three saves through his fourth shutout. CHS had a slim edge (5-4) for shots in the tight win. led 5-4 in shots.
Cheshire concludes the regular season with tomorrow’s visit to North Haven (5-8-1) at 6:30 p.m. CHS won 4-2 in the Sept. 11 opener.
Girls’ Soccer (11-2-2; Housatonic Champion at 6-0-2)
Hamden (9-3-2), the only team to beat the Lady Rams, won 5-2 at home. Senior Rachel Ugolik provided all the goals for the Green Dragons (9-7 edge in shots), striking twice for a 2-0 lead by halftime. Senior Kelsie Carlette tallied two goals, assisted by classmate Nicole Stauffer and sophomore Alexandra Pelletier. Sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Giusti posted three saves.
Cheshire closes the regular season tomorrow against Guilford (6-7-2) at Alumni Field. Start time is 6 p.m. The Senior Night ceremony, starting at 4:45 p.m., will recognize Carlette (captain), Jenna Hart (captain), Lauren Como, Lizzie Jentzen, Claudia Martinez, and Stauffer.
Girls’ Swim and Dive (9-0)
The Lady Rams visits the Orange Community Center Pool tonight to face unbeaten host Amity (10-0) at 7:30 p.m. This meet will determine the SCC regular season champion. Amity won their first regular season and post-season titles last year, ending Cheshire‘s 17-year reign.
Photos of Palladino (below) and Mueller (bottom) were taken by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.