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Cheshire Ice Hockey Comes Up Short In D-II Quarters, Nicoll Runs At Nationals, B-Ball Players Cap Winter Seasons

March 15, 2014 by Greg Lederer

On Friday, Cheshire High School ice hockey (eighth seed, 11-11-1) lost 4-1 against East Catholic (top, 16-5-1) at Trinity College's Koeppel Community Sports Center in Hartford.
CHS led 1-0 on a goal from junior Tommy Sokoloff, but the Eagles tied the game 1-1 at the end of the first period. East Catholic snapped the tie with a pair of power-play goals (3-1) during the second. The final goal came with 56 seconds left in the game.
Senior Jon Hauser assisted Sokoloff. Senior goalkeeper Joey Solla made 32 saves.
East Catholic finished with a 35-24 advantage in shots and killed two power plays from the Rams, sweeping the series. Senior Patrick Bishop scored twice. Sophomore Liam Donohue and senior Griffin Casey (assist) added goals. Senior Alex Manner collected two assists. Seniors Brian O'Connell, Thomas Usseglio (23 saves), and junior Lee Munson also had assists.
Captain Chris Stevens, assistant captains Dan Purslow and Luke Vendetto, Alex Bausch, Cody Borowski, Antim Constantinescu, Joey D'Errico, Hauser, Solla, Matt Vallillo, and Greg Zovas are graduating seniors for CHS.
Boys' Indoor Track and Field
Senior Liam Nicoll, a tri-captain, ended his indoor career with 22nd place in the Emerging Elite 200-meters (23.02) in the New Balance National Championship. It was his first time competing at the New York City Armory.
Girls' Basketball
Cheshire resident Maura Fitzpatrick, a junior at Mercy of Middletown, posted 11 points in a Class LL semifinal, but the Tigers (third seed, 25-2) fell short 52-43 to Lauralton Hall (second, 22-1). The loss ended a string of four straight final appearances for Mercy, who used a buzzer beater to defeat Lauralton Hall 54-53 last winter.
A senior at Holy Cross of Waterbury, Cheshire's Kiera O'Donnell capped her career in a Class M semifinal at Branford. She had six points for the Crusaders (top, 25-2), who lost 44-32 to New London (fifth, 21-3).
O'Donnell, who scored more than 1,000 career points, will play at Assumption College (Mass.).
Boys' Swimming
Cheshire visits Hamden for Saturday's Class LL qualifying at 3:30 p.m.

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