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CHS Field Hockey Earns Redemption Against Hand, Cross Country Competes For Housatonic Titles

October 8, 2013 by Greg Lederer

Cheshire High School field hockey (9-1) posted their seventh win in a row 4-3 against Daniel Hand (9-1-1). Hand beat them 4-1 on Sept. 17.
In the rematch, CHS led 2-0 and 3-2 at halftime. Junior Emma Gaudio, along with seniors Michelle Federico (assist) and Danielle Bellantonio, had goals in the first half. Junior Erica Stauffer had the eventual game-winner (4-2) with 11:50 remaining. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Levy recorded six saves.
Senior Brenna Hobin scored all of Hand's goals. Sophomore Sam Pavano and junior Hannah Leckey assisted her. Hand junior goalkeeper Melanie Rennie made 17 saves.
Since only the rematch counts for the Southern Connecticut Conference standings, Cheshire sits in first place. They visit Lyman Hall (3-3-1-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Photo of Bellantonio was taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.
Cross Country
Cheshire cross country both split their final tri-meet at Shelton, completing their Housatonic Division slate at 3-1. The boys (8-1) defeated the Gaels (20-41) and lost to Amity (25-31). Senior Lucas Marcouiller (second, 16:52), junior Russell Adam (fifth, 16:55), senior Trey Phillips (seventh, 16:59), junior Mark Fusco (ninth, 17:19), and sophomore Jordan Kolpak (13th, 17:36) scored for the Rams. Jim Bennett coached his last dual meet.
The Lady Rams also beat the Gaelettes (26-32), losing against Amity (23-32). Junior Natalie Wickenheisser won the girls' race and set the course record (20:12) formerly 20:20. Classmate Liz Cunningham was sixth (21:06). CHS seized 11-13th from seniors Erin Strahley (21:29) and Kimmi Grove (21:50) and freshman Camille Lewis (21:59). Senior Kelley Jefferis (15th, 22:17) and sophomore Esha Bhandari (18th, 23:07) came in next.
Both teams race in Saturday's Wickham Park Invite.
Girls' Swim And Dive (6-0)
The Lady Rams stayed unbeaten, beating Sacred Heart Academy (8-2) 93-85 at Wilbur Cross. Freshmen Lily Kurtz (200-yard individual medley, 2:25.45), Kathryn Robinson (100-yard butterfly, 1:05.88), and Emily Glatt (diving, 165.55) joined junior Ellie Senft (50-yard freestyle, 26.41) as individual winners. Senft also anchored her 200-yard freestyle team (senior Brooke Phillips, sophomore Lauren Pasinski, junior Lindsay Smalec; 1:49.34) to victory. Senior Laura Mongillo, Pasinski, junior Delaney Molnar, freshman Emily Murphy comprised the victorious 200-yard medley relay team (2:01.89).
Girls' Volleyball (12-0; 4-0)
Cheshire left North Haven (3-8) with their second sweep 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-9). Senior Eva Whalen produced eight kills and seven aces, personal-bests, and added three blocks and two digs. Classmate Laura Heynen supplied versatility with four digs and kills and assists apiece. Junior Maria Buzzelli hit her career-best in aces (six) and compiled five digs.
CHS hosts Shelton (9-2; 2-2) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. They earned a 3-0 road sweep on Sept. 20.
Girls' Soccer (7-3; 4-1)
Cheshire swept the series 4-1 from Sheehan (3-5-1; 1-4). It was the third straight game that the girls came back from a 1-0 deficit to come away victorious. Sheehan senior Nikki Kern scored to put them up 1-0 at halftime. The Rams tied the game on a goal by senior Lily Dolyak. Junior Alexandra Pelletier followed with a hat trick. Classmate Hannah Bonitz had two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Zoe Riccio provided seven saves.
The Lady Rams visit Lyman Hall (1-8; 0-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cheshire shut them out 6-0 on Sept. 23.
Boys' Soccer (2-7-1; 1-4)
The Rams fell 1-0 at Amity (8-0-2; 4-0-1). Twenty one minutes into the game, Amity junior Dean Schwartz netted a penalty kick. Junior Matt Skydel posted three saves for CHS. The Spartans won both meetings.
Cheshire hosts Lyman Hall (6-3-1; 1-3-1) on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. CHS won 3-1 on Sept. 23 in Wallingford.

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