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Grevelding Powers CHS Boys' Lacrosse With Eight Goals, Boys' Tennis And Golf Teams Add Victories On Tuesday

On Tuesday, Cheshire lacrosse player Sean Grevelding netted a career-high eight goals and added an assist against Guilford. Photo by Greg Lederer.

For Cheshire boys' lacrosse, Matt Jeffery netted two goals in the first half on Tuesday.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ lacrosse (8-1) secured their seventh consecutive victory, 15-7, over Guilford (5-3). Junior Sean Grevelding tallied six of his career-high eight goals in the first half and added an assist in the victory.

“I think it is definitely an improvement from how we’ve been doing in the past,” explained Grevelding. “We’ve been getting a lot of shots up in games, but now they are really starting to fall, especially for me, but I really think it is due to not only on me on the team, but others. We’ve been putting time off the field and I think that is really starting to show with our chemistry.”

Grevelding and Guilford senior Tyler Hilgert traded goals to start the game. Cheshire retook the lead on a goal by senior tri-captain Matt Jeffery.

Xavier had an extended possession of over two minutes in the first quarter, but the Rams defense held tough to take a 2-1 lead into the second.

“When we focus on ourselves and we turn up on the little things, good things are going to happen,” stated Head Coach Mike Devine. “I was impressed with the way our defense showed up in the first quarter. We needed to ratchet up the ground balls and the sense of urgency. I thought we did that as the game progressed, but we basically need to stay out of the (penalty) box.”

The Rams started the second with goals from Grevelding and Jeffery. Xavier cut the deficit to 4-2 on a tally by senior Andrew Brysh with 6:38 left in the quarter, however, CHS responded with a 5-0 spurt to end the first half.

Grevelding keyed the run with four goals, including three in a row to put the Rams up 7-2. He scored consecutively on passes from senior Adam Vernon.

“That was a great feeling,” reflected Grevelding. “Me and Adam have grown up together throughout youth. We’ve played together a lot, so we know exactly where each other are at all times on the field and I think that helps and benefits us as a team.”

Freshman Grant Paul netted the other goal in the spurt.

Cheshire faced a tough break when Jeffery got shake up in the second quarter. He didn’t return to the game, but Devine said that he is going to be fine.

“They (training staff) said to me at halftime that he could play, but I said ‘Nah. There is no point,’” said Devine. “I think that a lot of focus goes on Matt, but we have guys around that can pick up the slack and you know set the tone themselves. We’ve got enough talented players on offense and defense to do what we need to do. Matt is a tremendous player. We obviously want him on the field, but I’m really confident in the six guys that go out on offense every night."

While having their top point-scorer sidelined in the second half, the Rams displayed their depth. Grevelding and junior Nick Miller both put in two goals after intermission, while senior tri-captain Ryan Grove and Paul also found the back of the net.

Along with netting a goal, Grove played a key role in winning 20 of 25 face-offs.

Miller and junior Brady Potyrala added assists in the win.

Defensively, Cheshire limited Guilford to just seven goals. Junior goalkeeper Joe Grenier finished with nine saves.

On Saturday, Cheshire visits Simsbury (4-1) to compete at 12 p.m.

“Obviously, I love being 8-1,” said Devine. “That is a really good feeling, but we need to tighten up some things. We are doing some really really good things, but you know against really good teams, some of those things get exploited a little bit if you are not doing the little details.”

Boys’ Tennis (8-2)

CHS picked up a 5-2 victory over Branford (5-3). Sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-2, 6-3), freshman Mark Laskin (6-1, 6-1), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-4, 6-7, 6-1) won in singles.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at number one doubles. Juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson rallied to win 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second position.

On Wednesday, the Rams host Shelton (1-6) at 3:45 p.m. On April 1, Cheshire collected a 7-0 win in the first meeting.

On Tuesday, tennis player Brayden Stratton was victorious at number two singles.

Boys’ Golf (1-1)

Cheshire earned their first win, 170-174, over Amity in the home opener at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Senior captain Jack Brewster shot a 38 to get medalist.

Senior Josh Wildstein (42), junior Jack DeJoseph (43), and senior Jacob Berkowitz (47) also broke 50.

On Wednesday, Cheshire travels to Madison Country Club to face host Guilford at 2:15 p.m.

Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

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

In the home opener, CHS teams face Lyman Hall and Shelton at 3:45 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (6-1)

CHS take a trip to Milford to face Foran (5-3) at 3:45 p.m. In the April 1 opener, Cheshire beat the Lions 7-0.

Boys’ Volleyball (6-2)

Winners of four straight matches, the Rams travel to Middletown to play Xavier (4-5) at 4 p.m. On April 5, Cheshire pulled out a 3-2 victory over their rival.

Softball (7-1)

CHS pits their three-game win streak against Wilbur Cross (1-6) at 4:15 p.m.

Baseball (2-7)

Cheshire heads to Middletown’s Palmer Field to compete against host Xavier (2-7) at 7 p.m. In the April 1 opener, the Falcons won 7-4 at CHS.

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