TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: LH swimmers get off the blocks with an upset; Cheshire runs streak to 76; soccer squads savor sweet night

WALLINGFORD — The Lyman Hall girls swim team captured all but one event to score a 100-85 upset of Daniel Hand in its season opener on Tuesday afternoon at the Sheehan pool.

The Trojans, a SCC Division II squad, set the tone against the Division I Tigers by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.15 with the returning All-State quartet of Elise Richardson, Caroline Krawec, Hailey Baker and Elena Bielesz.

All four went on to win individual events. 

Richardson and Krawec were double-winners. Richardson swept the freestyle sprints, taking the 50 in 26.90 and the 100 in 56.88. Krawec hit the wall first in the 200 IM (2:17.07) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.91).

Baker, meanwhile, owned the 100 butterfly in 1:03.94 and Bielesz had a fast time of 1:06.33 in the 100 backstroke.

Also for LH, freshman Samantha Jackson made a triumphant debut. She won the 500 freestyle (5:53.09) and swam on the first-place 400 free relay with Richardson, Bielesz and Cassie Wentzell (4:03.51).

Two other freshmen, Meredith Loughlin and Lucia Zito, combined with Krawec and Baker to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.38.

In diving, Lyman Hall’s Lilianna Tangredi compiled a high score of 145.10.

Cheshire 99, Foran 81: First-year coach Matt Traub and the Rams opened the season with the SCC crossover victory at Cheshire Community Pool and ran the program’s dual-meet streak to 76 in the process.

Julia Barto and Avery Potyrala won a pair of event apiece to propel Cheshire. Barto put up a 2:11.36 in the 200 IM and a 5:15.91 in the 500 freestyle. Potyrala swept the sprints with times of 25.12 in the 500 free and 56.41 in the 100.

Potyrala also kicked off the winning 200 freestyle relay ahead of Carly Cahill, Vanessa Squillante, and Katie Grove (1:46.71).

Cheshire also got first-place performances from Grove in the 100 fly (1:03.70), McDonough in the 200 free (2:05.99) and Madelyn Forlenza in diving (174.52).


Enfield 2, Southington 0: Bella Taylor scored twice in the closing five minutes of the first quarter and those two goals stood up for the Eagles in this CCC crossover in Enfield.

Lindsay Suggs made four saves to post the shutout. Southington keeper Morgan Lasek made five stops. Elyse Picard and Lily Doran also played well for the Lady Knights.

The game was Enfield’s season opener. Southington, now 1-1, was playing its second road game in as many days. The Blue Knights beat South Windsor 1-0 on Monday.


Lyman Hall: Emily Chase and Olivia Weir went 1-2 to lead the Trojans to a 3-0 afternoon in their season-opening quad meet at Wharton Brook State Park against Daniel Hand, East Haven and West Haven.

Chase ran a 22:26 over Wharton’s 3.1-mile course and Weir a 22:41.

LH also got top-10 finishes from Emma Tommell (5th), Kaelin Barrionuevo (7th) and Nicole Benard (8th).

The Lyman Hall boys went 1-2 on the day. Henry Murphy and Peyton Durant were the top performers. Murphy was fifth in 18:03 and Durant eighth in 18:45.

Thomas Conklin (24th, 22:06), Aydan Durant (29th, 22:27) and Elijah Dineen (37th, 25:02) rounded out the LH scoring.

Sheehan: The Titans went 2-1 in a SCC quad meet at Carrigan Middle School in West Haven, beating Jonathan Law and Career and falling to host Notre Dame.

Erik Kuselias led the Green Knights to the sweep with a first-place time of 16.43 that edged runner-up Liam Fedigan of Law by one second.

Sheehan’s Anthony Galicia was third in 17:22. The Titans got additional scoring from Owen Hotaling (11th, 19:31), Jose Camargo (12th, 19:47), Devin Welch (13th, 19:48) and Ryan Carmen (14th, 19:57).

The Sheehan girls did not have enough runners to score. Angelika Kotula ran a 21:38 and placed fifth. Kathryn Lombino was 16th in 24:58 and Arianna Amodio 17th in 25:17.

Sacred Heart Academy’s Kristina Ponzio won the girls race in 19:56.

Wilcox Tech: The Indians swept Wolcott Tech in a CTC dual meet at Hubbard Park behind first-place finishers Devan Diaz and Hailey Pericozzi.

Diaz was first overall in 21:35. Pericozzi won the girls race in 30:33.

The boys edged Wolcott Tech 27-29. They took places 5-8 behind Patrick Sullivan (24:40), Luke Frommelt (24:54), Mike Zacchia (25:02) and Sam Gonzalez (25:15).

The girls essentially won by forfeit because Wolcott Tech had only four runners. Coming in behind Pericozzi were Maddie Milano (30:59), Karina Sanchez (34:07), Amari Jones (36:50) and Odette Galvez (37:49).


Xavier 2, Cheshire 1: Finn Russell’s goal with 2:58 left in the first half snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the game-winner in this season opener between SCC rivals at Alumni Field.

Xavier’s Brady Stevenson scored on a breakaway to open the scoring 12 minutes in. Marcello Pannone answered for Cheshire 10 minutes later off a feed from Jack Markarian.


Cheshire 2, Shelton 0: The Rams improved to 2-0 and first-year goalie Sophie Bates pitched her second shutout in Cheshire’s SCC victory in Shelton.

All-New England player Gabby Tirado scored one Cheshire goal and assisted on the other, which was tallied by Haley Shaw. It was the first varsity goal for Shaw.

Izzy Dziura also had an assist for the Rams, who host North Haven on Friday night.


Wilcox Tech 3, Platt Tech 0: The Indians stormed to 2-0 on the season with the CTC victory over the Panthers in Meriden.

The Tribe’s 1-2 scoring punch of Katharine Arichavala and Angela Zandri, coming off matching hat tricks in a 6-0 season-opening victory over Prince Tech, was back at it Tuesday. Arichavala scored two goals, while Zandri connected for one and assisted on another.

Goalie Joyce Vecchio made 10 saves in the shutout.

Sheehan 5, Hamden 2: The Titans earned their first win of the season with the SCC verdict in Hamden.

Sheehan established a 2-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes on goals by Alicea Piscitelli and Olivia Platt, then maintained the upper hand on two subsequent goals — one in each half — by Kate Casorla.

Amy Casorla scored the final goal and added an assist for the Titans (1-1-0).  Ariana Mullin had both goals for Hamden (0-1-1).

Sheehan outshot Hamden 22-6. Trinity LaValley made four saves in net. Olivia Greene gathered 10 for Hamden.

Lyman Hall 7, Harding/Bassick 0: Callie Casulla and Roisin Turbett scored two goals apiece to power the Trojans to the SCC victory in Wallingford.

Casulla got the goal parade going just three minutes into the game and Turbett followed with her first four minutes later.

Shianna Reeves, Isabella Connolly and Alynn Martin 79 also scored for LH, now 1-1.

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