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Cheshire High School girls' lacrosse (top seed; 14-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in beating Branford (fourth; 8-9) for the third time through Tuesday's Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals at Hamden. Senior Alison Hoynes recorded seven goals (personal-best) and two assists. Cheshire picked up hat tricks from senior Christy Myjak (two assists) and junior Maddy Levy.
The Lady Rams led 12-4 at halftime. Junior Emma Farrel and senior Kathleen Kalbian (assist) both added two goals. Farrel joined senior Nicole Stauffer (assist) with three assists. Junior Danielle Chambrelli (goal) supplied two assists and classmate Danielle Bellantonio added one. Sophomore goalkeepers Alexa Carbone (five) and Sierra Ubertalli (one) combined for six saves.
CHS aims for their first three-peat against Daniel Hand (2nd; 9-8) in Thursday's final at West Haven. Start time is 5 p.m. It will be Cheshire's fifth straight title game (school record). Hand beat Guilford (3rd; 8-8) 13-11 in the second semifinal. The Lady Rams defeated Hand on May 2 (16-9) and 16 (13-9).
Boys' Volleyball (top; 14-4)
Cheshire held off Shelton (fourth; 5-14) 3-2 in the SCC semifinals. Game scores: 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 18-25, 20-18. CHS won all three meetings with the Gaels. Senior Lucas Yasuda had 16 blocks, a school record, and 11 kills. Senior Ben Gallo (five kills, two service aces, four digs) and junior Ted Li (22 assists, eight kills) added four blocks. Senior Scott Romano recorded seven digs and two aces.
Zhihan Zou, Beau Bartone, Gallo, Romano, and Yasuda were announced on Senior Night. Evan Colechia, a captain with Zhu, was absent.
Cheshire makes their fifth straight final appearance on Thursday, hosting Amity (3rd; 13-6) at 6 p.m. CHS is 2-time defending champ. Amity upset host Xavier (2nd; 11-7) 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-14, 26-24). Cheshire beat Amity on April 12 (3-1), May 6 (3-2).
The Rams visit Glastonbury (16-1) for Wednesday's regular season finale at 5 p.m. Glastonbury won 3-0 on April 23.
Photo of Yasuda was taken by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.
Girls' Tennis (top; 12-5)
Cheshire earned their second win over Lyman Hall (fourth; 10-9), 6-1, in the SCC Division II semifinals at Yale University courts. Senior Anna Toscano (6-0, 6-1), junior Nadja Pejovic (6-3, 6-3), sophomore Sara Bruce (6-4, 6-0), and senior Jamie Andrews (6-1, 6-1) added wins in singles. CHS also received doubles victories from Christy and Katie Freitag (6-3, 6-4) and freshmen Amanda Murray and Durga Rathi (9-8, 7-5).
CHS meets Branford (2nd; 11-7) in Wednesday's final at 11 a.m. Branford defeated Sacred Heart Academy (third; 7-11) 6-1 in other semi. Cheshire beat Branford on April 5 (4-3) and May 13 (7-0).
Softball (fifth; 15-6)
CHS came up short against host Amity (fourth; 16-5) for the third time, falling 2-1 in the SCC quarterfinals. Amity jumped on ahead 2-0 on a throwing error in the first inning. Cheshire scored their run on an RBI single from senior Lauren Fountain in the fourth. The single scored sophomore Jill Pulek, who was running for senior Nicole D'Amato (walk).
Amity stranded two CHS base runners in the seventh. D'Amato pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Sophomores Casey Harding and Sara Como singled in the first inning.
The Lady Rams await seeding for the Class LL Tournament.
Girls' Golf (16-4-1)
At Oronoque Country Club, Cheshire defeated host Bunnell 209-269. Senior Andra Frappier was the medalist (43). Senior Emily Larkin (53), sophomore Dana Zappone (56), and senior Maggie Kulpa (57) rounded out the team.
Cheshire travels to Madison Country Club for Wednesday's regular season finale against host Daniel Hand at 3 p.m.