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Cheshire High School field hockey (top seed, 17-2) collected their seventh straight victory 3-1 against Daniel Hand (second, 16-2-1) in the Southern Connecticut Conference final at Branford. Behind 1-0 at halftime, Cheshire came back to win their third straight tournament title (SCC record). Senior Emma Farrel had two goals. Senior Michelle Federico had a goal and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Levy had six saves. CHS won the season series with Hand 2-1. Federico was named SCC Most Outstanding Player, Player of the Year, and All-SCC First Team. Farrel and senior Danielle Bellantonio were All-SCC First Team. Senior Olivia Larson earned All-SCC Second Team. It was the first honor for Bellantonio and Larson. Head Coach Eileen Gallagher was Coach of the Year.
Senior Brenna Hobin tallied Hand's goal in the first half. Classmate Allison Duncan collected the assist. Junior goalkeeper Melanie Rennie made eight saves.
CHS awaits seeding for the Class L Tournament. They've made the finals in the last two years, beating Norwalk 1-0 in 2011.
(Photos of the Lady Rams; Larson, Federico, Gallagher, and Branford Athletic Director Jake Palluzzi; Hand senior Brooke Barry and Danielle Bellantonio). Photos courtesy of Bill O'Brien.
Girls' Swim And Dive (1,342.5 points)
Cheshire recorded their second SCC Championship in a row (record 19th overall) at SCSU! Junior Lindsay Smalec was first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.36) and 100-yard butterfly (58.98), along with with 200-yard medley (senior Laura Mongillo, freshman Lily Kurtz, junior Ellie Senft; 1:52.53) and 400-yard freestyle (Mongillo, senior Denise Costello, Senft; 3:42.74) relays! Mongillo added her first individual victory in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.36). Senft (100-yard freestyle, 55.65) and Kurtz (100-yard breaststroke, 1:09.58) took second. Costello (200-yard freestyle, 2:00.48), sophomore Danielle Grenon (200-yard IM, 2:17.69), and the 200-yard freestyle team (freshman Emily Murphy, senior Kate Lynch, junior Morgan Fountain, freshman Kristen Reid; 1:44.5) were third.
Amity was second (1,123) and junior swimmer Dana Chung was Most Outstanding Swimmer.
Class L Diving in Nov. 7 at Bulkeley. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
Photo of Mongillo was taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.
Girls' Volleyball (top, 22-0)
In the SCC semifinal, Cheshire came back to defeat Branford (fifth, 15-8) for the third time 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-17). Juniors Maria Buzzelli (17 digs, five aces), Jillian Haberli (eight kills, four digs, three aces), Jill Howard (nine kills, seven blocks), and Sarah Rodgers (21 assists, six digs) contributed to the victory.
The two-time defending champion, Cheshire faces Mercy (second, 18-2) in Friday's final at North Haven. Start time is 6 p.m. Mercy swept Amity (third, 17-5) 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-23) in their semifinal. CHS is the only team to beat Mercy 3-0 on Sept. 16 and Oct. 4. In the 20th year of the tournament, Cheshire has been a finalist 16 times and holds nine titles (record).