MADISON — Two teams are always in any discussion about the top squads in SCC field hockey. There is Daniel Hand and there is Cheshire.New year, same story. The Tigers and Rams opened the 2017 season going head to head and, in keeping with tradition, the rivals waged a back-and-forth battle that wasn’t decided under Taylor Leckey scored five minutes into overtime lift host Hand to a 4-3 victory.The goal was the second of the day for Lecky. Mia Pulisciano, Megan Daly and Mikayla Crowley had the goals for Cheshire.The teams traded goals, ties and the lead through regulation. Hand struck first, Pulisciano answered off a feed from Annie Eddy and Cheshire shot ahead 2-1 later in the first half when Daly scored from Meaghan Hogan.In the second half, Hand pulled even in the opening minutes and again with 8½ minutes to play. Those goals were sandwiched around Mikayla Crowley’s successful penalty stroke with 14:17 to go. Lyman Hall 3, Shelton 0: Three different players scored goals while Kristin Parker and Maddie Torre combined on the shutout in net as the Trojans opened their season with the SCC victory over the Gaels in Shelton.Kate Wallace, Alivia Celentano and Megan Hosking had the goals for LH. All were scored in the second half.Wallace scored on a penalty corner off a pass from Riley Keating with 17 minutes left to play. Five minutes later, Celentano scored unassisted.Hosking applied the exclamation point with seven minutes left, with Keating notching her second assist of the day.The Trojans pressed the attack with 13 corners and 20 shots on goal. Parker and Torre combined for seven saves at the other end. Sheehan 0, North Haven 0: Stellar defense was the story as the Titans and Indians played to the scoreless SCC season opener at Riccitelli Field. Jailyn Sandoval made three saves in her first varsity game for the Titans. Sophiz Aquaro notched four stops for the Indians. Cross country Blue Dragon Invitational: Sheehan senior Stephen Fengler and Sheehan freshman Lizzie Brown logged third-place finishes at the annual season-opening meet at Veterans Park in Middletown.Fengler clocked in at 17:15. Brown crossed in 20:11.The Sheehan boys, who placed seventh out of 17 teams, also got scoring from Ben Gardiner (19:17), Derrick Arnold (19:33), Tyler Carmen (19:58) and Drew Waldron (20:28).Sydney Carim (18th, 22:54) was a top-20 finisher for the Titans in the girls race. Freshman Amelia Mansfield ran a 24:44 in her first varsity race. Julia Mansfield (25:12) and Maggie McComish (26:11) also scored for Sheehan, which was eighth out of 14 girls teams. Host Middletown won the boys race. Lyme/Old Lyme was on the girls’ event. Girls swimming Lyman Hall 129, Guilford 40: The Trojans gave the Indians a rough welcome to varsity swimming with the SCC victory at the Branford YMCA.Faith Gambardella and Nicole Cislo won two individual events apiece to pace LH. Gambardella took the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.07) and the 500 free (5:31.67). Cislo captured the 100 free (57.83) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.56).The Trojans also got first-place points from Sarah Beverage in the 50 free (25.88), Maeve Montante in the 100 butterfly (1:09.65) and Kristina Driscoll in the 100 backstroke (1:09.61).That trio teamed with Cislo to win the 200 medley relay (2:01.83). Beverage, Cislo and Gambardella combined with Madison Nemec on the winning 200 free relay (1:48.91).