On Thursday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (11-5) ended the regular season with a 14-6 win over Sacred Heart Academy (8-8) on Senior Night. Junior Ava Harris tallied six goals and an assist to lead all scorers.
The Rams swept the regular-season series with the Sharks, but this game was tight at the outset. SHA tied the score at 1-1 and 2-2, but Cheshire went on a 6-0 run between the first and second halves to take the lead for good.
Harris and Ava Matikowski both netted two goals in the key spurt, while senior Tori Santi and junior Alex Lucas also found the back of the net.
SHA put in consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 8-4 in the second half, but the Rams responded with four goals to regain control. Harris compiled three goals in the run and senior tri-captain Hannah Merritt also scored on a feed from senior tri-captain Leah Black.
Merritt came back with her third goal and junior Lauren Samela capped the scoring on a pass from Harris.
Junior goalkeeper Audrey Bronson had six saves. Defensively, senior tri-captain Grace Downing, senior Lauren Orozco, and juniors Julia Bailey and Taylor Fitzgerald also contributed to a defense that posted a shutout for a span of 16:37.
In a pre-game ceremony, Black, Downing, Merritt, Elizabeth Ingerson, Ishika Nanavati, Orozco, Santi, and Gwendolynn White were introduced on Senior Night.
In securing the second seed in the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament, Cheshire has received a bye for the quarterfinals. In semifinal action on May 24 at 4 p.m., CHS hosts the winner of Saturday’s game between Amity (third seed, 8-6) and Sheehan (sixth seed, 13-3).
Boys’ Lacrosse (14-2)
In the regular-season finale at North Haven Middle School, Cheshire won 21-8 over North Haven (4-12) to extend their win streak to seven. The Rams jumped ahead 6-2 in the first quarter and pushed their lead to 15-3 at halftime.
Junior Charles Kurtz compiled two goals and six assists, while sophomore Matt Jeffery finished with a goal and five assists. Senior Jason Raba and freshman Sean Grevelding both contributed four goals and an assist.
Senior co-captain Andrew Benjamin posted two goals and two assists. Junior Ben Thompson recorded a hat trick.
Sophomore Ryan Grove won 23 of 28 face-offs, along with netting a goal. Classmate Logan Kranyak scored and controlled two of three face-offs.
Juniors Trevor Nielson and Will Gaudet and freshman Paul Wable added goals. Freshman Brady Potyrala chipped in two assists.
Juniors Connor Atwater (three saves) and Michael Bowman and freshman Joey Grenier (two saves) all saw time in net.
For next Tuesday’s SCC semifinals, Cheshire will host an opponent to be determined at 6:30 p.m.
Like Cheshire girls, the Rams have earned the second seed in the SCC Tournament. Following a bye, they will host a semifinal on May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Boys’ Golf (11-2)
The Rams earned their seventh consecutive victory, 159-163, over host Xavier (5-6) at Portland Golf Course. CHS also came away victorious in the season series.
Junior tri-captain AJ DePaolo shot a 36 to take medalist. Freshman Dylan Gillotti (40) and senior tri-captains Riley Brabant (41) and Nick Fortunato (42) came in consecutively.
On May 23, the Rams head to Madison Country Club to face host Daniel Hand (9-4) at 2 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (8-9)
Before entering the post-season, the Rams picked up a 6-1 victory at Southington (8-8). Senior captain Utsav Subramani capped an unbeaten regular season with a 6-0, 6-1 win at number one singles.
Junior Andrew Gershfeld (6-1, 6-0) and senior Tyler Tan (6-1, 6-2) also earned individual victories.
Sophomores Shawn Lawless and Michael Anastasio (6-2, 6-2), junior Will Borland and freshman Finn Hickey (6-1, 6-2), junior Jonathan Chen and freshman Luke Hayden (2-6, 6-3, 10-5) swept doubles.
For the SCC quarterfinals on Saturday, the Rams (sixth seed) visit Woodbridge to face Amity (third seed, 13-4) at 10:30 a.m. The Spartans beat CHS on April 14 (4-3) and May 9 (5-2).
Friday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Tennis (7-8)
To end the regular season, CHS visits Milford to face Jonathan Law (13-6) at 12 p.m.
Girls’ Golf (11-3)
Winners of three straight matches, the Rams travel to Racebrook Country Club to face host Amity (9-2) at 2:45 p.m. In the first meeting on Tuesday, CHS won 178-202 at Southington Country Club.
In the regular-season finale, Cheshire hosts Shelton (11-5) at 4:15 p.m. Seniors Emily Grayson, Grace Lurz, Charlee Nagle, Catherine Palmer, and Grace Miramant will be recognized before the game.
On April 8, Shelton won 5-1 over CHS.
Boys’ Volleyball (13-5)
The Rams play Shelton (9-7) at 6 p.m. On May 11, CHS tallied a 3-1 victory in the first meeting.