On Thursday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (9-2) battled to earn a 14-9 victory at Glastonbury (5-2). The Guardians built a 6-3 lead with 5:48 left in the first half, but Cheshire responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.
Senior tri-captain Taylor Warburton ignited the rally when she scored with 56.1 seconds left in the first half. After intermission, Cheshire came back to net five more goals in a span of 4:04.
During the second-half surge, junior Hannah Merritt scored twice on passes from senior tri-captain Raegan Bailey. Bailey, sophomore Alex Lucas, and Warburton added goals to propel the Rams to a 9-6 advantage.
Defensively, CHS held Glastonbury scoreless for a span of 10:58.
After the Guardians won the possession battle in the opening half, Cheshire reversed the trend by controlling draws in the second. Sophomore Ava Matikowski was a key contributor to the Rams winning loose balls.
Merritt tied her personal-high goal total with five and supplied an assist. Warburton tallied four goals and an assist, while Bailey posted two goals and two assists.
Lucas joined Bailey with two goals and junior Leah Black also put in a goal. Sophomore Lauren Samela added an assist and sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Bronson made seven saves.
For the rivalry series, the Rams earned their third consecutive victory over the Guardians. Senior Sam Forrest led Glastonbury with five goals.
On Saturday, Cheshire travels to play Wilton (5-2) at 4 p.m. With a win, Head Coach Dan Warburton would reach 275 victories for his career.
Girls’ Golf (5-0)
Cheshire improved to 5-0 with a 190-201 victory over St. Paul Catholic at Southington Country Club. Sophomore Sydney Hidalgo extended her medalist streak to four matches, finishing with a 45. Juniors Mia Hidalgo and Mackenzie Corcoran both posted a 46. Freshman Sophia DelRosso supplied a 49 and senior Molly DeMeo earned a 50.
Senior captain Bella DelRosso contributed a 55.
Next Monday, CHS hosts Lauralton Hall (2-4) at 3 p.m. In the April 20 opener, CHS won 185-213.
Girls’ Tennis (4-6)
Cheshire pulled out a 4-3 victory at Foran (0-11), sweeping the series in the regular season. Senior tri-captains Ellie Rockoff and Alyssa Behuniak (6-1, 6-2), freshmen Arya Desai and Anja Josef (6-3, 6-0), and senior Hannah Brennan and sophomore Julia Hummel (6-0, 6-0) contributed to a doubles sweep.
Sophomore Lila Watkinson won 6-3, 6-1 at number four singles.
On Friday, the Rams travel to Eisenhower Park to face host Lauralton Hall at 3:45 p.m. On April 12, the Crusaders earned a 6-1 victory at CHS.
Cheshire came up just short in a 7-6 loss at unbeaten Daniel Hand (12-0). The Tigers came out fast to put up three runs in the first inning and add another run in the fifth.
Down to their final three outs, the Rams exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead, but Hand responded with three runs in the bottom half to stay undefeated.
For the Rams, senior pitcher Michael Bankowski gave up six walks in 6.1 innings, but allowed just two hits to Hand senior Daniel Weinstein (four RBIs). Bankowski tied his personal-high strikeout total with five.
Junior Luca Raccio led Cheshire offense with a double, a single, a walk, and a run scored. Classmates EJ Quint (run scored) and Max Gustafson both contributed a double and two RBIs in the seventh.
Senior Chris Leddy contributed a single and an RBI. Sophomore Anthony Tirado added an RBI.
Sophomores Mike Simeone and Ian Wirtz both worked walks and scored runs. Senior Nick Valente and and junior Danny Zawalich also came around to score in the seventh.
On Friday, the Rams look to snap a four-game slide in visiting Guilford (1-11) to compete at 4 p.m. On April 26, Cheshire pulled out a 10-9 win over the Grizzlies.
Boys’ Golf (6-3)
At Racebrook Country Club, the Rams fell 150-164 to host Notre Dame-West Haven (7-2). Check back for Cheshire scores.
Next Monday, CHS visits Brownson Country Club to face host Shelton (4-3) at 2:45 p.m.
Remainder of Friday’s varsity schedule:
Outdoor Track and Field (Boys, 1-0; Girls, 0-1)
In just the second meet of the season, Cheshire boys and girls face Amity at 3:45 p.m.
The Rams host North Haven (4-2) for a doubleheader at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (9-1)
Winners of three straight matches, Cheshire hosts North Haven (0-11) at 3:45 p.m. On April 17, CHS earned a 7-0 victory in the first meeting.
Boys’ Lacrosse (6-2)
The Rams travel to play Glastonbury (5-3) at 5 p.m.
Boys’ Volleyball (8-2)
Winners of seven straight matches, Cheshire visits Middletown to play Xavier (3-4) at 5 p.m.