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On Thursday, Cheshire High School girls' lacrosse (seventh seed, 15-5) posted a 9-8 victory at Simsbury (second, 14-2) in a Class L quarterfinal. The team's fifth straight victory earned them a split of the series.
CHS shut out the Trojans 6-0 in the first half. Senior Olivia Larson (two goals) made the score 7-0 at the start of the second half. Cheshire had an 8-1 advantage (20:01) before Simsbury battled to within 9-8 with 5:09 remaining.
Senior Maddy Levy, who had a goal, made a key interception with 15 seconds left to secure the win. Senior Danielle Chambrelli and sophomore Meghan Dutchyshyn added two goals. Seniors Emma Farrel (two assists) and Danielle Bellantonio recorded goals. Junior Kya O'Donnell collected an assist. Junior goalkeeper Alexa Carbone picked up nine saves.
Cheshire advances to the semifinals on Tuesday, facing defending champion Darien (third, 16-2) at a site and time to be determined. Darien defeated Newtown (sixth, 12-6) 20-5 in their quarterfinal.
Outdoor Track and Field
The Class LL Championship was suspended on Tuesday, so athletes had to return to Danbury to finish the meet. CHS boys came in 10th place (31) and the girls earned 13th (26). Senior Chibueze Njoku was second in discus (150 feet, five inches).
Sophomore Ethan LaChance (javelin, fifth, 165'5") and junior Mark Fusco (800-meters, sixth, 1:57.44) also finished in the top six.
On the girls' side, sophomore Janaia Skibitcky eclipsed her own record in triple jump (third, 34'11").
Cheshire visits Middletown for Monday's State Open at 1:30 p.m.
Friday's varsity schedule:
Softball (eighth, 17-6)
Cheshire visits defending champion Southington (top, 21-0) for a Class LL quarterfinal at 4 p.m.
Boys' Volleyball (fourth, 18-3)
Winners of three straight, CHS hosts Glastonbury (fifth, 13-6) in a Class L quarterfinal at 6 p.m. It will be the last home match for seniors Anthony Carbone (captain), Eric Cusano (captain), Pat Lindner (captain), Colin Haensel, Trent Hager, Ted Li, and Greg Zane.
Cheshire beat Glastonbury in the April 9 opener (3-0) and on May 15 (3-1).