TUESDAY FIELD HOCKEY: Deadlock on Wallingford rivalry night; Blue Knights romp, Lady Rams rebound

TUESDAY FIELD HOCKEY: Deadlock on Wallingford rivalry night; Blue Knights romp, Lady Rams rebound


WALLINGFORD — Alivia Celentano was just as happy as if her Lyman Hall field hockey team won.

Settling for a 1-1 overtime tie Tuesday night against Sheehan at Fitzgerald Field, she said, left everybody on the field in smiles.

“It’s just as well because everybody’s happy,” said the Trojans’ junior midfielder. “Nobody wins, nobody loses and we still get a point toward the state tournament.”

While Celentano sounded like she’s headed for a career as a diplomat, the general consensus was positive both ways.

“We always have a good time when we play Lyman Hall,” Sheehan coach Taryn Petrillo said as an enthusiastic crowd filed out. “We knew they were going to be very competitive. Look at the environment, and we get to play them again at Sheehan, which is great.”

LH coach Stephanie Lavado-Berghorn also relishes the rivalry, although Sheehan holds a 15-3-4 edge since 2006.

“It doesn’t matter when Lyman Hall and Sheehan get together,” she said. “There’s a different energy. It brings out super powers. It enhances everybody’s game like a sixth sense. Everyone plays at a heightened level.”

Lavado-Berghorn pointed to Sheehan’s sophomore goalie Jailynn Sandoval (11 saves) as a case in point.

“She stopped at least four one-on-ones,” Lavado-Berghorn said.

“A couple of times she was outnumbered and made fantastic saves.”

Petrillo also praised Sandoval, but added that defender Gabby Mushinski played well in front of her.

Sheehan, riding the momentum it built late in the first half, took a 1-0 lead just 1:14 into the second stanza. Sophomore Kaylee Drobish converted off a feed from Kyra Connolly.

The Trojans evened the score six minutes later when Megan Hosking culminated a long run by flipping in a pass from Daniella Chasse.

Drobish had an opportunity with 2:50 left in regulation, but LH goalie Madison Torre (9 saves) saved the day.

The Trojans applied pressure as time ran out. They earned three penalty corners, two presented after time had expired, but couldn’t ring the bell. Chasse and Kate Wallace both had chances off Riley Keating’s insertions, but they were deflected aside.

Chasse continued to drive the Trojans’ attack and nearly set up a lead goal midway through the 10-minute overtime session. She outraced the Sheehan defense and tried to connect with Hosking at the opposite post, but the pass spun her around.

Each team generated 11 penalty corners. Lyman Hall held a slight advantage in shots.

Lyman Hall enjoyed the better of the play for the first two-thirds of the first half.

Riley Keating had the Trojans’ best look in the fourth minute when her shot skimmed past the right corner of the net after the game’s first penalty corner.

Play went back and forth with both teams defending staunchly. Emily Kesilewski made a strong stand for the Trojans. Kristyn Petrillo had the answer for Sheehan.

The LH combination of Keating, Chasse and Hosking generated an offensive surge that resulted in sustained Trojan pressure for almost four minutes, but when the Titans reversed the flow, it changed the momentum of the game.

The Titans manufactured eight penalty corners over the last 10 minutes. Stephanie Phoenix inserted to several different shooters along the left side of the circle, but none resulted in a shot until Elisa Tolentino steered one just to the right of net.

Hosking’s breakout finally interrupted the onslaught and kept the match scoreless at halftime.

The rivalry moves northwest to Riccitelli Field on October 4.

Southington 7, Northwest Catholic 1: Jenna Sheehan scored four goals to lead the Blue Knights to the CCC South victory in Southington in their season opener.

Nicole Martocchio added two goals and Emma Angellilo had one as the Blue Knights extended a 2-0 halftime lead with a 5-spot in the second half.

Southington’s Maddie Belafonte and Northwest counterpart Libby Vandal both had seven saves.

Cheshire 2, Branford 1: Mia Pulisciano scored the two Cheshire goals and Mikayla Crowley assisted both scores as the Rams won their home opener. All of the scoring came in the first half.

Lexie Hemstock was sharp in net for Cheshire (1-0-0-1), which rebounded from its season-opening overtime loss at Hand.

Brianna Shaw gave Branford (1-1) a 1-0 lead in the first half.

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