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Cheshire Girls' Lacrosse, Softball, And Girls' Golf Win On Monday, Girls' Tennis Team Drops Rivalry Match

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse came away with a 11-9 victory Branford (4-4). CHS held tight leads at the end of the first (4-3), second (7-6), and third (9-7) quarters, but held on for the road win.

Junior Mollee Merritt and sophomore Tylie Lawless both earned their first hat trick and supplied an assist. Junior Sarah Goldstein and sophomore Madeleine Tessier had two goals apiece.

Junior Allie Grove put in a goal and classmate Helen Baxter contributed an assist in the win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan made nine saves.

The Rams have played the last two games without senior tri-captain Stella Tessier and sophomore Tema Caplan, who are being held out for injuries.

“They are our leading scorers and playmakers. They draw the other team’s top defenders,” said Head Coach Dan Warburton. “Sometimes, it (injuries) makes other people have to step up. It makes you stronger when they come back.”

On Friday, CHS hosts Conard at 6 p.m.

Softball (5-1)

Cheshire scored in each of the first four innings en route to a 4-1 win at West Haven (2-6). WH put up their run in the third.

Sophomore Jenica Matos pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and junior Tai Byrd tallied a double, a single, and an RBI. Junior Erin Hersh (RBI) and senior Karla Carangelo both singled twice.

Junior Bailey Vitanza added a single and sophomore Jordan McCue chipped in an RBI.

CHS extends their road trip on Wednesday, visiting Guilford (6-2) to compete at 4:15 p.m.

Girls’ Golf (1-0)

In the opener at Southington Country Club, the Rams picked up a 185-233 victory over Lauralton Hall. Sophomore newcomer Julia Paek debuted with a 41 to earn medalist.

Senior captain Sophia DelRosso (43) and junior Olivia Beach (49) also broke 50. Sophomore Piper Dooling posted a 52 and junior Haley Hannan shot a 57.

On Wednesday, CHS visits Farmington’s Westwoods Golf Course to face host St. Paul Catholic at 3 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (3-1)

In a match-up of unbeaten teams, the Rams dropped their first match, 6-1, to Guilford (5-0).

“It (the match) shows us what we need to work on. They are strong in doubles,” said Head Coach Peter Zacharias. “It will help seeing them again after this experience.”

At number one singles on Monday, junior Alex Orlins won 6-0, 6-0 to improve to 3-0 this spring.

“I feel really good about it,” said Orlins. “(Playing at) Amity (on April 5) was my toughest match, so far, this year. I want to keep getting better for the matches ahead.”

In her three years atop the lineup, she has a posted a 47-1 record individually, but she thoroughly enjoys her team’s success.

“Being able to share in that is a great feeling,” stated Orlins. “Seeing other girls have success is the most important thing.”

In their fast start to the season, Cheshire beat Amity, 4-3, for the first time since 2009.

“It is something we’ve wanted for awhile,” reflected Riley Baldoni, a senior tri-captain with Arya Desai and Anja Josef. “We knew we had potential this year, but after having some easier matches to start the year, it was good to have that challenge and win.”

To clinch the elusive victory, junior Hailey Weissman rallied to win 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 at number three singles.

On Wednesday, the Rams face Branford at 3:45 p.m.

Tennis player Alex Orlins has a 47-1 career record at CHS. Photo by Greg Lederer.

On Monday, Cheshire tennis player Alex Orlins picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

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