In a back and forth game on Tuesday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (12th seed, 12-5) won 12-11 at Glastonbury (fifth seed, 13-4) in the Class L First Round. By picking up their second road win over the Guardians, CHS earned a sweep of the season series.
Glastonbury came out fast to take a 2-0 lead in the rematch. Sophomore Ava Harris netted a goal with 13:03 left in the first half, but the Guardians responded with two more goals to take a 4-1 advantage.
Momentum shifted in the final eight minutes of the first half, as Cheshire reeled off four goals to take the lead. In that run, sophomore Ava Matikowski scored twice and assisted on a goal by classmate Lauren Samela.
Senior tri-captain Taylor Warburton also found the back of the net before halftime.
After intermission, the rivals returned to trade runs in the second half. Glastonbury put in three goals to take a 7-5 advantage, but Cheshire used goals from sophomore Taryn Ugrin and junior Leah Black to tie the game again.
The Guardians earned their last lead (8-7) on a goal by senior Samantha Forrest, however, Cheshire came back with a 5-0 spurt to go ahead for good. Matikowski ignited the run with her third goal, while Warburton scored three times, including the eventual game-winner with 3:17 remaining.
Junior Hannah Merritt assisted on Warburton’s third goal. Senior tri-captain Raegan Bailey also contributed to the key surge, netting the 11th goal for Cheshire.
Down 12-8, Glastonbury made a furious rally to post three goals, two coming in the final 35 seconds of the game. After winning the last draw with 10 seconds left, the Guardians had a chance to tie the game, but the buzzer sounded right before a final shot was taken at the net.
Forrest, who converted twice in the final surge, finished with six goals and an assist.
Along with netting four goals, Warburton picked up two assists in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Bronson compiled eight saves, including a key deflection on a breakaway shot by Glastonbury senior Joelle Solecki with 6:45 left in the game.
For the quarterfinals, Cheshire will compete at Darien (fourth seed, 15-3). The game is currently listed as happening on Friday, but with CHS holding their senior prom that night, the plan is to move the game to Saturday.
Track and Field
Cheshire athletes competed in the Class L Championship at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. CHS boys placed eighth (43 points) and the girls’ team finished 10th (29) in their meet.
For boys, senior tri-captain Ryan Farrell and sophomore Colin Brown took home their first outdoor state titles. Farrell captured the 800-meters (1:56.27), while Brown sprinted to win the 100-meters (11.19) and take third in the 200-meters (22.85).
Farrell and Brown teamed with freshman Tyler Caron and senior EJ Gonzalez to finish fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:30.56). Farrell, Gonzalez, and Caron also joined with junior Robert DiNatale to place seventh in the 4x800-meter relay (8:29.13).
Senior tri-captain Jotham Casey nabbed a bronze medal in javelin (173 feet, three inches). Fellow senior tri-captain Chisom Okoro contributed fifth in shot put (44’9.25”) and 10th in discus (120’9”).
On the girls’ side, senior tri-captain Kristen Daddi, freshmen Alexa Ciccone and Mia Vientos, and junior Meghan Georgescu took third in the 4x800-meter relay (9:59.48).
Junior Riley Hanover nabbed fifth in the 100-meters (13.5) and 4x400-meter relay (4:11.17). Sophomore Cate Palma, Vientos, and junior Kira Zawalich joined Hanover on the relay.
In the 4x100-meter relay, Hanover joined with freshman Molly Lanz, sophomore Claudia Chong, and Palma to earn sixth place (51.85).
Zawalich (sixth, 48.35) and Lanz (seventh, 48.36) finished just .01 apart in the 300-meter hurdles. Vientos (800-meters, sixth, 2:23.50), Ciccone (3,200-meters, seventh, 11:49.63), Palma (400-meters, eighth, 1:02.10), and senior tri-captain Jordan DeMatteo (100-meter hurdles, eighth, 17.58) added top-10 finishes.
Athletes will return to the same site for the State Open on June 9. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and the races are scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.
Girls’ Golf (16-1)
Cheshire shot a 170 to sweep St. Paul Catholic (187) and Newington (206), ending the regular season with 11 straight wins. Head Coach John Williams said that this is the lowest score that the Rams have compiled at Southington Country Club.
Junior Mia Hidalgo took medalist (38) for the third consecutive match. Sophomore Sydney Hidalgo (40), junior Mackenzie Corcoran (44), and senior Molly DeMeo (48) also scored for the Rams. Freshman Sophia DelRosso tallied a 51.
To open the post-season on Wednesday, Cheshire visits Stratford's Oronoque Country Club for the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at 9 a.m. The Rams seek the program's first SCC title.
Baseball (29th seed, 6-13)
In the Class LL First Round, the Rams ended the year with a 10-3 loss at Greenwich (fourth seed, 17-4). The Cardinals went up 2-0 in the first inning, added a run in the second, and then exploded for seven runs in the third to build a 10-0 lead.
For CHS, senior captain Ryan Scialabba hit a home run in the seventh inning. He added a single and scored twice.
Junior Max Gustafson put Cheshire on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the fifth. He also drew two walks.
Sophomore Brian Hersh singled twice. Junior Luca Raccio and sophomore Ian Wirtz also had singles.
Senior Chris Leddy drew a walk and classmate Mike Mercaldi reached on a hit by pitch. Junior EJ Quint scored Cheshire’s other run.
On the mound, senior Michael Bankowski (two innings, five walks, two strikeouts) and juniors Danny Zawalich (inning, three walks) and Connor Mulligan (2.1 innings, walk) all yielded four hits. Junior Ryan Camp also pitched in relief.
Cheshire will graduate Scialabba, Bankowski, Leddy, Mercaldi, and Nick Valente.
Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule:
Softball (third seed, 20-2)
Riding a three-game win streak into the Class LL Second Round, the Rams host Trumbull (14th seed, 14-6) at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Lacrosse (fourth seed, 13-4)
In the Class L First Round, Cheshire plays Fairfield Ludlowe (20th seed, 10-8) at 6 p.m.