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Cheshire High School field hockey (second seed, 20-2) earned their 10th straight win on Tuesday, beating Greenwich (third, 15-4) 2-1 in a Class L semifinal at Newtown. Senior Michelle Federico snapped the 1-1 tie 33 seconds into the second half. Junior Erica Stauffer scored the first goal in the opening half. Greenwich junior Sarah Stinebaugh had the tying goal assisted by sophomore Erika Hvolbeck.
Senior goalkeeper Maddy Levy posted four saves. Greenwich senior Freddie Bancroft came up with nine. Cheshire ended with a 20-9 advantage in shots. The win evened the series after Greenwich earned a 2-1 home win on Oct. 12.
The Lady Rams makes their third straight final appearance on Saturday when they meet defending champion Darien (top, 17-1-1) at Wethersfield. Start time is 12 p.m. Darien shut out Simsbury (fourth, 14-2-2-1) 5-0 in their semi at CHS.
Cheshire lost 4-0 to the Blue Wave in last year's final. They shut out Norwalk 1-0 for the program's ninth crown in 2011.
Girls' Swimming (464 points)
The Lady Rams took fourth in the Class L final at Wesleyan University. Junior Lindsay Smalec earned her first Class L title in the 100-yard butterfly (56.67; third-best at CHS). Smalec recorded another best time in the 200-yard individual medley (third, 2:08.65). She also competed for the 200-yard medley (senior Laura Mongillo, freshman Lily Kurtz, junior Ellie Senft; 1:49.66) and 400-yard freestyle (Mongillo, Denise Costello, Senft; 3:38.98) relay teams, taking third places.
Mongillo swam a best time to take third (59.63) in the 100-yard backstroke. Kurtz was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.07). Ellie Senft had her top times in the 50- (10th, 25.38) and 100-yard (ninth, 54.9) freestyles. Costello posted 10th for the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.1). Darien won with 886 points.
Freshman Emily Glatt competes in Friday's State Open Diving at Middletown. Start time is 5:30 p.m. Yale University hosts Saturday's swim final at 12 p.m.
Photos of Smalec (below) and Mongillo (bottom) were taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.