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Rams Boys' Tennis And Girls' Lacrosse Teams Advanced In States On Tuesday, Golf Teams Shined Against Rivals

For CHS boys' tennis, Ben Wu has made an impact as the number one singles player this year. Photo by Greg Lederer.

On Tuesday, tennis player Mike Anastasio teamed with Jason Liu to win at number three doubles.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ tennis (fourth seed, 17-5) won 7-0 over Pomperaug (fifth seed, 12-5) in the Class L quarterfinals. Junior Ben Wu (4-6, 6-3, 10-5), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-4, 6-7, 10-5), freshman Mark Laskin (6-2, 6-2), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-2, 6-2) were victorious in singles.

Laskin improved his unbeaten record to 22-0.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays (6-3, 6-0), juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson (6-1, 6-1), and senior Mike Anastasio and sophomore Jason Liu (6-2, 7-6 (7-3)) controlled doubles on Tuesday.

In semifinal action on Wednesday, the Rams host Wilton (eighth seed, 12-6) at 3:45 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse (fourth seed, 10-8)

In the Class L First Round, CHS opened with a 10-4 victory over Avon (13th seed, 8-9).

“I said to the girls that we needed this,” said Head Coach Dan Warburton. “We needed to not just win by one goal, but play well for four quarters and get a good win.”

Cheshire jumped ahead 4-0 in the opening eight minutes. In the spurt, sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick scored twice. Sophomores Tylie Lawless and Sarah Mollin also found the back of the net.

Senior tri-captains Sella Cahill and Stella Tessier picked up assists in the first quarter.

“I think it (the fast start) just made us feel a lot more confidence in ourselves and we were able to have control and possession of the game,” explained sophomore Tema Caplan. “We weren’t chasing from behind. We had that control and were able to work it (the ball) and get those good shots.”

CHS held the Falcons without a shot until junior Lily Woods scored with 1:55 left in the first quarter. Woods converted again 26 seconds later, but junior Sarah Goldstein responded with a goal for the Rams.

With just three seconds remaining in the first quarter, Woods netted her third goal to cut Avon’s deficit to 5-3.

The second quarter was a defensive battle, but Cheshire used a goal from Caplan to take a 6-3 advantage into halftime. Just 1:12 into the third quarter, Kilpatrick netted her third goal on a feed from Tessier.

With 5:06 left in the third, Woods scored for the fourth time to pull Avon to within 7-4, however, Cheshire held the Falcons scoreless from there.

The defensive unit of senior tri-captain Kate Hangen and juniors Addison DeRosa, Sadie Doyle, and Paige Warburton helped limit opportunities in front of sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan (save).

“I thought the defense played well,” reflected Coach Warburton. “Georgie (Sheehan) has needed to keep us in games this year, but tonight, the low defense did a great job. We only gave up six shots in the game.”

In the fourth quarter, Caplan added two goals to join Kilpatrick with a hat trick. Tessier also scored in the final frame.

Winning draws was key to the Rams controlling possession.

“It just helps so much with the possession and we were able to control the pace of the game because we do better when we slow it down. So when we got the ball off the draw, had the possession, and were able to work it around, it really helped us,” stated Caplan. 

On Friday, Cheshire plays Farmington (fifth seed, 16-3) in the quarterfinals. It will be a rematch of the May 13 game won 8-7 by the River Hawks in overtime.

“I think this game (against Avon) is helping us with that momentum to come in,” said Caplan. "I think we want that game really bad because of that overtime loss. That wasn’t a loss that we wanted to take, so going into that game were fired up and ready to go again.”

Lacrosse player Lauren Kilpatrick opened the scoring against Avon.

For CHS girls' lacrosse, Tema Caplan came up with the first ground ball on Tuesday.

Boys’ Golf (11-3)

CHS shot a 316 to tie North Haven for third place in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. The Rams finished just two strokes behind Xavier and Notre Dame-West Haven, who tied for the championship.

Senior captain Jack Brewster (74), juniors Dylan Gillotti (79), and Jack DeJoseph (80), freshman Touraj Rajabipour (80), and senior Josh Wildstein (83) played for Cheshire.

For the regular-season finale on Wednesday at Southington Country Club, the Rams host Portland at 2:30 p.m.

Girls’ Golf (13-3)

CHS pulled out a 196-200 win over Daniel Hand at Southington CC. On Senior Day, captain Sophia DelRosso paced CHS with a 42.

Junior Olivia Beach (49), sophomore Piper Dooling (52), and junior Haley Hannan (53) also scored. Junior Kaitlin Cannavaro added a 59.

On Wednesday on the same course, CHS plays Amity in the regular-season finale at 2:30 p.m.

Captain Sophia DelRosso is the lone senior playing for Cheshire girls' golf this spring. Photo courtesy of Olivia DelVisco.

Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

Softball (top seed, 22-1)

Cheshire rides an 18-game win streak into the Class LL Second Round against New Canaan (17th seed, 13-8) at 4:15 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (top seed, 14-4)

In the Class L First Round, the Rams welcomes East Catholic (17th seed, 8-9) to play at 6 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (third seed, 19-3)

Winners of 11 consecutive matches, Cheshire faces SMSA/Bulkeley (14th seed, 8-12) in the Class M First Round at 6 p.m.

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