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CHS Boys' Lacrosse Knocks Off Rival On Saturday, Girls Excel In Track And Field, Boys' Tennis Drops Home Match

For CHS boys' lacrosse, Grant Paul earned his first hat trick on Saturday.

Lacrosse player Sean Grevelding tallied four goals and five assists against Glastonbury. Photo by Greg Lederer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Saturday, Cheshire High School boys’ lacrosse (7-1) extended their win streak to six games, earning a 14-8 victory over Glastonbury (4-4). Junior Sean Grevelding contributed to nine of Cheshire’s 14 goals, tallying four goals and five assists.

“It is great,” said Grevelding, of getting a lot of players involved in the game. “We work a lot on moving off the ball. It is good to see that pay off today.”

CHS never trailed after jumping out to a 5-0 lead. After Grevelding put in the first goal, junior Brady Potyrala stepped up with a hat trick and also set up a goal for senior Adam Vernon.

Junior Maxwell Hersom scored for Glastonbury, but senior tri-captain Matt Jeffery found the back of the net to put the Rams up 6-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The play of senior tri-captain Ryan Grove was key to Cheshire controlling possession early. Grove won 21 of 23 face-offs.

“We had a good start today. We knew that we had to come to play,” stated Head Coach Mike Devine. “They (Glastonbury) are a well-coached team over there.”

Grevelding, Vernon, and freshman Grant Paul netted shots in the second, helping Cheshire build an 9-4 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Grevelding put in two goals and also assisted on two goals for Paul.

“I thought that Sean had his best game of the year today,” said Devine. “He has been building up to this.”

Grevelding was happy to help Paul earn his first hat trick on Saturday.

“That was awesome,” stated Grevelding. “We are good friends and neighbors, so we’ve been playing in the backyard for a long time.”

As a freshman, Paul has enjoyed making an immediate impact for the Rams.

“I was excited to be part of this team,” reflected Paul. “After watching them play last year, it is an honor to play with these guys.”

Glastonbury used goals from senior Braden Saunders and Hersom to cut the deficit to 13-8, however, the Rams held them scoreless for the final 5:02. With 2:00 left, Jeffery scored the final goal on an empty net.

Offensive balance was key for the Rams. Grevelding had four goals, while Paul and Potyrala recorded three each. Jeffery and Vernon both posted two goals and two assists.

Junior Ryan Ciupa added an assist.

“It it is great to have other guys step up,” stated Grevelding. “Matt and Adam draw a lot of attention from defenses, so that opens up looks for all of us."

Defensively, the Rams allowed just four goals in both halves. Junior goalkeeper Joe Grenier made eight saves.

After Saturday’s game, CHS held their Second Cheshire Best Buddies Clinic. Players helped students with skills like passing, catching, and shooting.

“There are bigger things in life than lacrosse. Whether we won or lost this game, these guys won by what they did today,” explained Devine.

In Best Buddies, students are paired with classmates who have mental and/or physical disabilities.

“We had a dinner with them (Best Buddies) last night and it is great to get out here together,” stated Devine. “We want our guys to be good lacrosse players, but most importantly, we want them to be good people.”

This Tuesday, the Rams host Guilford at 6:30 p.m.

For the second straight year, Cheshire boys' lacrosse held a clinic with CHS Best Buddies. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Girls’ Outdoor Track and Field

Cheshire excelled in the Mongovan HS Invite at Bethel. Senior Squirrel Lanz claimed titles in the 100- (15.17) and 300-meter (45.66) hurdles, while senior Alexa Ciccone led the way in the 1,600-meters (5:09.34).

Senior Nicole Emede captured the shot put (34 feet, 10 inches) and took fifth in discus (79’6”). Senior Mia Vientos placed third in the 400-meters (1:02.64) and teamed with Lanz, junior Camryn Beeman, and Ciccone to finish second in the 4x400-meter relay (4:15.46).

In triple jump, junior Aubrielle Richard tied for sixth (29’6”) and senior Emma Rinaldi came in ninth (28’9”). Beeman garnered seventh in long jump (14’9.50”) and joined with Rinaldi, junior Brianna Siniscalco, and freshman Maura Spence on the 4x100-meter relay team (seventh, 56.80).

Junior Abigail Rinaldi finished ninth in javelin (71’8”). Senior Katie Hall secured eighth in pole vault (7’0”) and 11th in javelin (68’8”).

Fletcher tied for 10th in pole vault (5’6”) and sophomore Emily D’Souza contributed 11th place in the 1,600-meters (5:46.00).

This Wednesday, Cheshire girls (2-1-1) and boys (3-1) face Lyman Hall and Shelton in the home opener at 3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (6-2)

CHS saw their four-match win streak come to an end in a 5-2 loss to unbeaten Fairfield Prep (6-0). For Cheshire, freshman Mark Laskin (6-1, 6-0) and senior captain Shawn Lawless (7-6, 6-4) were victorious in the third and fourth singles spots, respectively.

This Monday, Cheshire travels to play North Haven (3-5) at 3:45 p.m.

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