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CHS Boys' Lacrosse, Boys' Volleyball Teams Drop Road Games On Tuesday

On Tuesday, Brady Potyrala led CHS boys' lacrosse with four goals at New Canaan. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

In a match-up of Rams on Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ lacrosse (1-1) dropped their first game, 14-8, at New Canaan (2-0). CHS came out fast in the rivalry game.

Junior Brady Potyrala netted a team-high four goals, three coming in the first quarter. He found the back of the net twice to start the game and then scored to put Cheshire up 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

“It was good start,” reflected Potyrala. “We were playing well, but need to keep it up for the whole game.”

After missing the opener due to injury, junior Sean Grevelding returned to action and converted on a bounce shot in the opening frame. Just 41 seconds into the second quarter, he scored to propel CHS to a 5-2 advantage.

“I was really happy,” stated Head Coach Mike Devine. “Our guys came to play early and that is a really good New Canaan team.”

From there, NC closed the first half with a 5-0 run and then opened the third quarter with a goal to go up 8-5. Senior Doster Crowell scored twice in that span.

“We need to put together a full 48 minutes against a team like that,” said Devine. “They have guys on defense that are high-level Division I kids and they gave us issues on offense. They have good coaches that know what they are doing.”

The Rams responded with goals from senior tri-captain Ryan Grove and Potyrala to cut the deficit to 8-7, but NC ended the third quarter on a 3-0 spurt to take an 11-7 lead.

“I was confident with where we were at (down 8-7). (Senior tri-captain) Matt (Jeffery) had a shot and their goalie made a great save on it, so that could have been (tied) 8-8 right there,” explained Devine. “They (New Canaan) have good players and they took advantage of our mistakes. If you don’t clear right, they will capitalize and put the ball in the net.”

Junior Nick Miller netted a shot in the fourth quarter, however, NC still picked up the home win.

“We like playing good competition,” stated Potyrala. “We want that challenge.”

Grove controlled 12 of 26 face-offs, while junior goalkeeper Joe Grenier finished with a career-high nine saves. Jeffery and Grevelding both picked up two assists.

Cheshire looks to bounce back on Thursday, visiting Woodbridge to face Amity (2-0) at 6:15 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball

The Rams opened the year with a 3-1 loss (15-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-25) at Conard (1-1) in West Hartford. Junior co-captain Matti Lilback tallied 11 kills, six blocks, and six digs.

Senior Connor Hayes tallied five digs, five kills, and three blocks. Junior Bryan Rochefort posted a personal-best 19 assists.

For Thursday’s home opener, Cheshire plays Brookfield (1-1) at 6 p.m.

After receiving a pass from Matt Jeffery, Brady Potyrala nets a shot to cut the New Canaan lead to 8-7 in the third quarter.

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