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Cheshire Girls' LAX Drops Home Opener, Girls' Tennis Team Ends Rivalry Drought, Rams Boys' V-Ball Outlasts Rival

Clockwise from top left: Cheshire lacrosse player Stella Tessier jumps into the arms of her sister Madeleine after scoring the first goal against Wilton; Sella Cahill netted two goals in the home opener; Tema Caplan looks for an opening on the turf; Sarah Goldstein seeks for an open teammate; Georgiana Sheehan made seven saves against the Warriors; Madeleine Tessier sprints down the field. Photos by James Brandolini.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

In Friday’s home opener, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse (2-1) dropped their first game, 21-4, to Wilton (3-0). CHS jumped ahead on a free-position shot by senior tri-captain Stella Tessier, but Wilton used draw controls to fuel a 7-0 run that put them ahead for good.

Senior Addison Pattillo contributed to her team’s first 10 goals, keying a 10-3 start for the Warriors. Pattillo finished with a game-high seven goals and six assists.

For the Rams, senior tri-captain Sella Cahill scored twice in the first half, but Cheshire trailed 12-3 at intermission. Tessier assisted on Cahill’s first goal.

In the third quarter, junior Mollee Merritt scored on a rebound for Cheshire.

Wilton closed the game on a 9-0 spurt.

“You learn so much from playing against good teams. You see your deficiencies and things that you need to work,” stated Head Coach Dan Warburton. “They (the Warriors) are a very good team. I think we could have kept us closer like in the first half, but we had issues with clearing the ball. You can’t turn it over against a team like that.”

In net, sophomore Georgiana Sheehan made seven saves for the Rams.

This Monday, CHS looks to bounce back in hosting Sacred Heart Academy (0-1) at 6 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (2-0)

Cheshire pulled out a 4-3 victory at Amity (1-1), beating their rival for the first time since winning 4-3 in 2009. With the score tied at 3-3, junior Hailey Weissman rallied to win 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) at number three singles to clinch the victory.

Alex Orlins won her season debut, 6-3, 7-5, in the top singles position.

Juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti (6-4, 6-3) and sophomores Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins (6-1, 6-4) picked up wins in the second and third doubles positions, respectively.

This Monday, CHS visits Shelton (0-1) to compete at 11 a.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (2-1)

The Rams jumped ahead 2-0 and then held off a late rally to win 3-2 (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 17-25, 15-6) over Xavier (1-2). Junior setter Bryan Rochefort tallied a personal-best 33 assists, adding a block and a kill.

Junior tri-captain Matti Lilback finished with 15 kills, three blocks, two aces, and two digs. Like Lilback, senior tri-captains Will Allen (seven digs, five kills, two aces, two blocks) and Connor Hayes (eight digs, three blocks, three kills, two aces) had all-around performances.

Junior Jacob D’Addona contributed six kills. Juniors Gordon Johns (block, dig) and James O’Connor (two aces, dig) both had four kills.

This Tuesday, Cheshire hosts Darien (1-1) at 4:30 p.m.

Baseball (0-2)

Cheshire fell 4-2 at Jonathan Law (1-2) in Milford. Law went up 1-0 in the first inning and scored three times during the fifth.

The Rams scored twice in the sixth, with juniors Bennett Crerar (triple, run scored) and Drew Sargolini (walk) posting RBIs. Classmate Jackson Enders (double, walk) scored Cheshire’s other run in the inning.

Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr had a double and a single in the game.

Enders pitched three innings, yielding three hits and four walks. He recorded six strikeouts.

Sophomores Josh Bonomo (two innings, four hits, strikeout) and Dylan Scalice (inning, two strikeouts) made their debuts in relief.

On Saturday, the Rams head to Ridgefield (0-2) to play at 1 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (2-1)

CHS came up for the first time this year, falling 4-3 to Trumbull (1-0). At number three singles, Mark Laskin posted a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (6-3, 6-2) and juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (7-6, 4-6, 7-5) were victorious in the top-two doubles spots. Hayden and Dickinson won the final five games of their match.

This Monday, Cheshire plays Guilford (2-0) at 11 a.m.

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