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Cheshire Girls' Lacrosse Drops Friday Thriller At Newtown, Boys' V-Ball Team Sweeps Rival

Lacrosse player Mollee Merritt nets a wrap around shot at Newtown.

CHS girls' lacrosse joined Newtown for their 15 for Life fundraiser. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Tylie Lawless netted a personal-best two goals at Newtown.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Friday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (4-2) came up just short 10-8 at Newtown (4-1). Due to injuries, the Rams held senior tri-captain Stella Tessier and sophomore Tema Caplan out of the lineup, but the team still went toe-to-toe with their rival.

“We definitely had to step up,” said sophomore Tylie Lawless.

CHS was the aggressor early, with Lawless, senior tri-captain Sella Cahill, and junior Sarah Goldstein (assist) scoring for a 3-0 lead.

“It felt good,” stated Lawless, of the fast start.

The Rams used the draw to get possessions at the outset. Sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan (nine saves) and the Rams defense shut out the Nighthawks in the first quarter.

“I thought that it was a good start, but I knew that they would come back,” reflected Head Coach Dan Warburton.

The Nighthawks responded with a 4-0 run to start the second. Senior Summer Harrell had two goals in the spurt, while senior Jules Battaglia and junior Brooke Bulkley also scored.

“In the second, we had some turnovers and they took advantage of that,” stated Warburton.

Junior Allie Grove tied the game on a feed from sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick, but sophomore Natalie McLean converted with 17 seconds left to put Newtown up 5-4 at halftime.

Junior Mollee Merritt found the back of the net in the third quarter, however, Newtown netted three shots to go up 8-5.

Lawless scored to start the fourth. Battaglia responded with a goal, but Cheshire rallied with tallies from Cahill and sophomore Madeleine Tessier to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 3:48 left.

CHS took possession soon after, but on a transition sequence, Newtown came up with a loose ball with just over three minutes remaining.

“We had the opening to tie the game, but weren’t able to score there,” recalled Warburton. “This is a young team and we’ll learn from that.”

Newtown spread the field, ran down the clock, and then McLean netted the final goal with 1:37 left. The Nighthawks controlled the ensuing face-off and held on for the victory.

Harrell and Battaglia both finished with hat tricks. Newtown has won the last three meetings against Cheshire, but the games were decided by a combined four goals.

“We’ve had a lot of close games with Newtown over the years,” reflected Warburton. “I’d rather play a competitive game like this than win by 20.”

Along with the game, Cheshire participated in Newtown’s 15 for Life fundraiser that raises money and awareness for mental illness. The 15 for Life foundation was set up in memory of former Syracuse lacrosse player Rob Kavovit, who took his own life while suffering from silent depression in 2021.

Following the tragedy, the Kavovit family decided to honor Rob’s memory by opening dialogue on depression and mental health. At Friday’s game, Newtown announced that they had raised over $1,800 for the foundation.

This Monday, Cheshire girls extend their road trip with a visit to Branford (4-2) to play at 5 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (3-2)

CHS won 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16) over Southington (1-4). Senior tri-captain Will Allen (four digs, block), junior co-captain Matti Lilback (three blocks), and junior Jacob D’Addona (ace) all tallied seven kills.

Junior Bryan Rochefort posted 16 assists and classmate Gordon Johns contributed five kills.

On April 17, the Rams host New Milford at 6 p.m.

For CHS boys' volleyball, Will Allen posted seven kills, four digs, and a block in a 3-0 sweep of Southington. Photo by Greg Lederer.

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