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CHS Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Tennis, And Girls' Golf Teams Earn Big Wins

From left, Lucas Chymbor and Sean Grevelding posed after Cheshire boys' lacrosse won 20-6 over Daniel Hand. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ lacrosse (10-1) used a fast start to propel them to their ninth straight win, 20-6, over Daniel Hand (4-8). CHS jumped ahead 7-0 and never trailed in the victory.

“When our guys play with emotion and passion, we are tough to beat,” explained Head Coach Mike Devine.

Junior Sean Grevelding netted the first three goals in the span of a minute. Senior Matt Jeffery also converted three times in the opening run and classmate Ryan Grove found the back of the net.

“I think this is the best our team has looked this year,” reflected Grevelding. “We all worked together really well tonight.”

Hand senior Jack Shay scored to put the Tigers on the scoreboard, but Grevelding tallied his fourth goal and senior Rocco Botti beat the buzzer with a goal to put Cheshire up 9-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The Rams controlled possession throughout the opening frame. Along with picking up a goal and an assist in the win, Grove controlled 20 of 22 face-offs.

Hand tried to move the ball with long passes, but the Rams defense was able to create turnovers.

“We came out ready to play,” said senior defender Lucas Chymbor, a tri-captain with Grove and Jeffery. “Coach Devine said that the first half was the best we’ve looked all year.”

CHS extended their lead to 17-2 at halftime. Grevelding contributed all of his game-high seven goals during the opening two quarters and added an assist.

“He is the energizer bunny. He gives us a spark when he is out there,” stated Devine. “His dodging has been really good this year. Sean has worked really hard on his game in the off-season.”

Due to a back injury, Grevelding missed the season opener, but over the last four contests, he has compiled 26 goals and nine assists.

“It took me a bit to get over the lower back injury, but I feel comfortable now and so does our team,” explained Grevelding. “Early in the season, we were missing shots, but our shots have started falling now. It shows that the hard work pays off.”

On Tuesday, senior Adam Vernon supplied two goals and an assist during the first half. Jeffery recorded four assists by intermission and added his sixth goal in the third quarter.

Juniors Brady Potyrala and Aniston Marsh and freshman Grant Paul also scored in the win.

Junior goalkeeper Joe Grenier made six saves and freshman Eric Gorman had five saves off the bench.

On Thursday, the Rams travel to Fairfield University to face Fairfield Prep (10-1) at 7 p.m.

“We want to bring out the same energy we had tonight,” stated Chymbor. “We are rivals and we’ve circled that game for a long time.”

In last year’s Southern Connecticut Conference final, CHS beat the Jesuits, 8-7, in overtime.

It was Cheshire’s first SCC title and rivalry win since 2010.

“Prep is always good,” stated Devine. “We are going to need to play a full 48 minutes on Thursday night.”

Girls’ Tennis (7-2)

In Milford, Cheshire earned their second 7-0 victory over Foran (6-7) this spring. Senior tri-captain Anja Josef and juniors Eva Curran and Hailey Weissman won 8-1 in singles.

Sophomore Ava Watts picked up a 8-4 victory.

Senior tri-captain Riley Baldoni and junior Ashley Lentini, senior tri-captain Arya Desai and junior Tannistha Thumatti, and sophomores Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins all swept their eight games in doubles.

On Friday, the Rams host Shelton (6-5) at 3:45 p.m. In the first meeting on April 8, Cheshire won 6-1 on the road.

Girls’ Golf (4-2)

CHS won 180-197 over host Amity at Racebrook Country Club in Orange. Sophomore Julia Paek, who has been the medalist in every match, led the way with a 35.

Junior Olivia Beach (43), senior captain Sophia DelRosso (49), sophomore Piper Dooling (53), and junior Haley Hannan (57) also played in Cheshire’s top-five group. Junior Kaitlin Cannavaro had a 49 in the sixth spot.

On Thursday at 3 p.m., Cheshire plays Berlin (host) and Plainville at Timberlin Golf Course.

Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Golf (4-2)

Cheshire visits Racebrook Country Club to face host Notre Dame-West Haven at 2 p.m.

Outdoor Track and Field (Girls, 3-2-1; Boys, 3-3)

CHS teams travel to face Guilford (host) and Daniel Hand at 4 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (10-2)

Winners of four straight matches, Cheshire takes a trip for a rematch with Guilford (7-4) at 3:45 p.m. On April 8, the Rams picked up a 5-2 victory.

Baseball (2-10)

CHS visits West Haven (7-6) to compete at 4 p.m. On April 8, Cheshire posted a 9-2 victory in the first meeting.

Softball (11-1)

Cheshire takes their seven-game win streak to Madison’s Polson Middle School to face host Daniel Hand at 4:15 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (8-3)

CHS plays Kolbe Cathedral at 6 p.m.

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