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Cheshire Boys' Volleyball, Lacrosse Teams Come Away Victorious On Thursday

Cheshire volleyball player Will Allen tallied eight kills, four digs, and two aces on Thursday. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Thursday, Cheshire High School boys’ volleyball (1-1) won 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-19) over Brookfield (1-3). The Rams fell 3-1 in Tuesday’s season opener at Conard, but responded by not trailing in their first home match.

“It was very hard to lose that match, but we came back and played good tonight,” said junior Matti Lilback, a tri-captain with seniors Will Allen and Connor Hayes.

In the opening set against Brookfield, CHS took a 15-10 lead and clinched the frame on an ace by junior Bryan Rochefort.

The Rams won the opening four points of the second set. Using tough serving, Cheshire finished the frame on a 15-1 run.

“It (service) was very big,” said Allen. “When you can serve multiple points in a row, you can scare the other team and throw off their passing.”

The third set was the tightest of the match. Brookfield rallied from a 14-7 deficit to pull to within 20-19, but after the Bobcats missed their next serve, CHS won the final five points of the contest.

“We let them back in that set, but once they missed that serve, we knew that we had to finish it (the match),” recalled Allen. “We had a different lineup out there in the third set, so we had to work some things out.”

Allen collected eight kills, four digs, and two aces in the victory. He was eager to play after academic performance caused him to sit out the opener.

“I used that as motivation. I’ll be keeping my grades up for the rest of the season,” explained Allen. “It was frustrating to have to watch my play in that first match (at Conard) and not be out there.”

Lilback recorded 11 kills and two blocks. Hayes supplied seven kills, three digs, and a block.

A first-year starter at setter, Rochefort distributed 20 assists and earned three digs.

“He has come a long way since last year,” stated Lilback. “I like the setting rhythm that I’m getting into with him.”

On Friday, the Rams host Xavier (1-1) at 6 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse (2-0)

Cheshire stayed unbeaten with a 16-7 victory at Lauralton Hall (2-1) in Milford. CHS built a 7-3 lead at halftime.

The Crusaders used a 4-1 spurt to cut the deficit 10-7 in the third quarter, but Cheshire ended the game with six straight goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan garnered a career-best nine saves in the win.

Senior tri-captain Stella Tessier finished with four goals, three assists, and six draw controls. Sophomore Tema Caplan tallied a personal-high four goals, adding two assists.

Sophomore Madeleine Tessier (two assists), senior tri-captain Sella Cahill, and junior Sarah Goldstein netted two shots apiece. Junior Mollee Merritt recorded a goal and two assists and classmate Allie Grove picked up a goal and an assist.

In Friday’s home opener, CHS plays Wilton (2-0) at 6 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (2-1)

After dropping their first game, 14-8, on Tuesday at New Canaan, the Rams bounced back with a 19-3 victory at Amity (2-1) in Woodbridge. The Rams jumped ahead 12-0 in the first quarter and led 15-0 at halftime.

Senior tri-captain Matt Jeffery compiled three goals and three assists, while junior Sean Grevelding posted a goal and three assists. Senior tri-captain Ryan Grove won 11 of 14 face-offs, along with recording a goal and an assist.

Seniors Logan Kranyak and Adam Vernon, juniors Aniston Marsh (assist) and Josiah Johnson-Charles, and freshman Grant Paul had two goals each. Seniors Rocco Botti and Drew DePodesta and juniors Brady Potyrala (assist) and Tommy Wilkinson added goals.

With assists, sophomore Johnny Heavens and junior Ryan Markarian secured their first points. Juniors Nick Miller and Ryan Ciupa and sophomore Cosimo Botti added assists.

For face-offs, junior Luke Mongillo went three for four and sophomore Charlie Golden was two for three. Junior Joe Grenier and freshman Jeremy Matos both collected a save in net.

Matos made his varsity debut.

On Saturday, Cheshire heads to Rhode Island to face La Salle Academy at 1 p.m.

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