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Rams Girls' LAX Scores Early And Often In Opener, Softball And Tennis Teams Enjoy Fast Starts



From left, Madeleine Tessier, Stella Tessier, Sella Cahill, Kate Hangen, Sarah Goldstein, and Georgiana Sheehan posed after CHS girls' lacrosse won the opener at North Haven. Photo by Greg Lederer.




Cheshire took their traditional victory selfie following Monday's opener at Amity. Submitted photo.


by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media


On Monday, Cheshire High School girls’ lacrosse opened the year with a convincing 21-1 victory over North Haven at NH Middle School. The Rams raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and led 17-0 at halftime.

“It is the first game of the year and you want to start off well,” said junior Sarah Goldstein.

Led by the first hat trick from Goldstein, fourteen players scored for CHS. Senior tri-captain Sella Cahill put in her first two goals and posted two assists.

Senior tri-captain Stella Tessier, junior Allie Grove, and sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick all had two goals and an assist. Kilpatrick’s points were her first on varsity.

“I like winning, so this was a good day,” stated Tessier, a tri-captain with Cahill and senior Kate Hangen.

Tessier’s sophomore sister Madeleine Tessier netted her first two goals. Along with getting her first points, she also contributed heavily on the draw.

“I think it is important to get possession of the ball,” said Madeleine Tessier.

Juniors Mollee Merritt and Quinn Clark both finished with a goal and two assists.

Sophomores Tylie Lawless and Sarah Mollin and freshmen Charlotte Dziura and Gwen Kappus secured their first goals and points. Dziura chipped in an assist.

Sophomore Tema Caplan (assist) and junior Helen Baxter added goals in the opener.Senior Catherine Bianchi scored North Haven’s goal to start the third quarter.

Making her varsity debut, Cheshire sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan made five saves in the opener.

“It was good,” said Sheehan. “I didn’t expect it (becoming the starting goalkeeper). The support of the team means a lot.”

Last spring, the Rams won their first Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament title since 2014. After graduating 11 seniors, Cheshire debuted a new lineup on Monday.

“Winning the (SCC) title was great, but sometimes, these seasons are the most fun,” stated Head Coach Dan Warburton. “There were a lot of expectations on us last year. We still have goals this year, but the pressure isn’t the same.”

“We want to show the SCC and the state what we can do,” said Cahill.

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., Cheshire plays at Lauralton Hall in Milford.

Softball

The Rams kicked off with a 6-4 victory at Amity (1-1) in Woodbridge. CHS scored first in the third inning and then put up five runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.

Junior Bailey Vitanza singled twice, while sophomores Jordan McCue and Lyla Blair both had singles and two RBIs. Junior Erin Hersh also singled in the victory.

Amity scored twice in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Rams still picked up the victory.

In the circle for Cheshire, sophomore Jenica Matos (five hits, five walks) compiled 13 strikeouts in six innings.

Junior Marina Gronbach earned two strikeouts in the seventh.

On Thursday, CHS rides to Southington to play at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis

The Rams started the season with a 7-0 victory over Foran (1-1). Senior tri-captain Anja Josef (6-3, 6-0), juniors Eva Curran (6-2, 6-1) and Hailey Weissman (6-1, 6-0), and freshman Sarah Curran (6-0, 6-1) controlled singles.

In doubles, senior tri-captains Riley Baldoni and Arya Desai (6-0, 6-0), juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti (6-2, 6-0), and sophomores Ava Dicicco and Brianna Hawkins (6-0, 6-0) combined to drop just two games.

On Friday, the Rams travel to face Amity (1-0) at 3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis

Cheshire (2-0) picked up their second 7-0 victory at Shelton (0-1). Junior Ben Wu (6-3, 6-0), sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-0, 6-2), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-0), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-4, 6-2) were singles winners.

For doubles, junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays and juniors Luke Hayden and Phil Dickinson both picked up 6-1, 6-0 victories in the top-two positions. Senior Mike Anastasio and junior Krish Mehta won 6-2, 6-2 in the third spot.

On Wednesday, CHS heads to Wesleyan University to compete against host Xavier (2-0) at 3:45 p.m.

Baseball

CHS dropped the opener, 7-4, to Xavier in eight innings. Momentum shifted in the game.

The Falcons jumped ahead in the first inning, but the Rams went up 3-1 in the fourth. After Xavier scored three times in the fifth, Cheshire tied the game in the sixth.

The Falcons returned to score three times in the eighth to get the road win.

For Cheshire, sophomore Nick Giampietro singled twice and contributed two RBIs. Senior Max Bernstein (walk) and junior Jackson Enders both had a single, an RBI, and a run scored.

Junior Kaden Weinberg doubled and scored a run. Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr (run) and junior Bennett Crerar drew walks.

As Cheshire’s starting pitcher, senior co-captain Aiden Erickson gave up seven hits and two walks in five innings. He posted a strikeout.

Junior Alex Convertito worked the sixth.

Enders pitched the last two innings, yielding two hits and a walk. He added a strikeout.

On Wednesday, the Rams visit Milford to face Jonathan Law (0-2) at 3:45 p.m.




For CHS girls' lacrosse, Madeleine Tessier scored her first varsity goal on a breakaway in Monday's opener.

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