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Rams Boys' V-Ball Gets 300th Win For Bavone On Thursday, CHS Girls' LAX Drops OT Thriller, Golf Teams Split On The Course

On Thursday, Head Coach Sue Bavone earned her 300th win with CHS boys' volleyball. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Thursday, Cheshire High School boys’ volleyball (8-2) posted their sixth straight win, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-19), over Masuk (6-4). Head Coach Sue Bavone secured her 300th win with the Rams boys’ program.

Sophomore setter Bradley Fang compiled a personal-high 34 assists, adding two digs and a kill.

CHS also got big nights from their tri-captains. Senior Connor Hayes recorded 11 kills, five blocks, five digs, and two aces, while classmate Will Allen garnered 10 kills, four digs, an ace, and a block. Junior Matti Lilback contributed nine kills, five digs, two blocks, and an ace.

Juniors Jacob D’Addona (four digs, three aces) and Gordon Johns (five digs, assist) finished with four kills apiece.

On April 29, the Rams visit Redding to play unbeaten Joel Barlow (11-0) at 6 p.m.

Boys’ Golf (2-2)

Cheshire won 159-166 over Notre Dame-West Haven at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Junior Jack DeJoseph was the medalist (37).

Senior captain Jack Brewster (38), freshman Touraj Rajabipour (39), and senior Josh Wildstein (45) followed DeJoseph. Rajabipour scored for the first time.

On April 29 at the same course, Cheshire plays Cromwell and Shelton at 2:30 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse (6-4)

CHS came up just short 6-5 against Glastonbury (6-3) in double overtime. Due to a pair of cards, the Rams had to play down two players in the second overtime.

Cheshire got to full strength with 26 seconds remaining, however just three seconds later, senior Avery Olschefskie scored the game-winner.

“We had a lot of chances to win this game,” reflected Head Coach Dan Warburton. “We need to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities. We were just 5 for 25 shooting tonight.”

In a very tight game, the rivals were tied on five occasions, with neither team building a lead of more than a goal. Olschefskie netted the only goal in the first quarter.

Sophomore Tylie Lawless and junior Mollee Merritt both scored in the second to help the Rams tie Glastonbury at 2-2.

In the third quarter, CHS took one-goal leads on shots by Merritt (3-2) and sophomore Tema Caplan (4-3). Glastonbury opened the fourth with goals from Olschefskie and sophomore Deirdre McKiernan to take a 5-4 lead with 7:25 remaining.

McKiernan’s goal came when the Rams were playing down a player for a two-minute card.

In the final two minutes, the Rams forced a turnover and Merritt came up with the ground ball. After a time out, Caplan scored to tie the game with 42 seconds left in the regulation.

The Guardians won the ensuing draw and Ofschefskie received a free-position shot, but the ball deflected off the helmet of sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan (10 saves) and the teams went into overtime.

“It was like a dream. I doubted that I would make a save like that,” explained Sheehan. “My defense played awesome tonight. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

In the extra sessions, Sheehan and Glastonbury junior Lola Espirito-Santo came up with clutch saves on free-position shots.

“The defense and Georgie (Sheehan) played well. They kept us in the game,” stated Warburton.

In scoring the game-winner, Olschefski finished with a game-high three goals. Glastonbury junior Abigail Kasper scored twice.

On April 29, Cheshire travels to Madison’s Surf Club to face host Daniel Hand (8-2) at 6 p.m.

With 42 seconds left in regulation, Cheshire lacrosse player Tema Caplan scored to tie Glastonbury at 5-5.

Lacrosse goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan stood tall against Glastonbury. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Girls’ Golf (3-2)

CHS fell by a point (173-174) to Berlin at Southington Country Club. Sophomore Julia Paek has been the medalist (36) in all four matches this spring.

Junior Olivia Beach (44), senior captain Sophia DelRosso (46), and sophomore Piper Dooling (48) also broke 50 against Berlin. Junior Haley Hannan added a 60.

On April 30 at Racebrook Country Club in Orange, Cheshire faces host Amity at 3:15 p.m.

Remainder of Friday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Tennis (9-2)

Winners of three straight matches, the Rams host Xavier (6-3) at 3:45 p.m. On April 16 at Wesleyan University, CHS won 4-3 in the first meeting.

Softball (9-1)

Riding a five-game win streak, Cheshire travels to play host Career Magnet (2-4) at East Shore Athletic Complex in New Haven. Start time is 3:45 p.m.

With a 199-37 record, Head Coach Kristine Drust will be going for her 200th victory.

On April 8, CHS won 14-0 over the Panthers.

Baseball (2-8)

Cheshire faces Jonathan Law (3-8) at 4:30 p.m. On April 5, Law posted a 4-2 victory in Milford.

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