Local roundup: Wheeler girls' lacrosse breaks through with a victory

Wheeler's Ashley Iorio, right, during a game against Bacon Academy on April 17, scored 10 goals Friday as the Lions won their first girls' lacrosse game since 2009, toppling Chariho 15-14.
Wheeler's Ashley Iorio, right, during a game against Bacon Academy on April 17, scored 10 goals Friday as the Lions won their first girls' lacrosse game since 2009, toppling Chariho 15-14. Dana Jensen/The Day Buy Photo

North Stonington - Ashley Iorio finished with 10 goals and one assist and the Wheeler High School girls' lacrosse team won its first game since the 2009 season, beating Chariho 15-14.

Wheeler trailed 13-10 in the second half, but caught the Chargers and took a two-goal lead with 4 minutes, 28 seconds remaining on Iorio's 10th goal.

The game ended with Iorio playing keep-away from a triple-team for the final three-plus minutes, as the Lions assured themselves of the win. They gained possession when freshman goalie Tara Watrous, in her first game ever at that position, made one of her seven saves.

"We got the ball to Ashley and she ran around with the ball for three minutes, three girls on her for three minutes and they couldn't get the ball away from her," Wheeler's interim coach Bob Iorio said. "It was a fun one to watch."

Wheeler's last win came on May 27, 2009. In 2010, the team dropped to club status due to lack of numbers and last year the Lions were 0-13-1. This season, Wheeler is 1-6-1, tying Bacon Academy on April 17.

Amy White added two goals and two assists for the Lions, Lindsey Porter two goals and Jess Muller one goal. Watrous "volunteered" to play goal, Bob Iorio said, when the Lions' regular goalie had to miss the game for a college visit.

Bob Iorio credited the seniors for persevering even when there was no team, and lauded the underclassmen, as well.

"The underclassmen deserve a lot of credit. It's not a heralded program. It doesn't get a lot of positive press. It required a leap of faith on their part," the coach said. "They get better with every game. They've showed me a lot this year."

In other games:

• Grace Mills and Maddy Lahm scored for Williams in its 15-2 loss to Wheeler of Rhode Island. The Blues are 2-6.

• Madison Cohen scored three goals, leading East Lyme to an 18-2 win over Bacon Academy in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division game Thursday. Erin Fritz, Kiki Ryan and Jill Bartlett each had two goals and two assists and Olivia DeLea and Maddy McDermott each scored twice for East Lyme (8-2, 5-0).

H.S. boys' lacrosse

• Pete Stanners scored four goals to lead St. Bernard to a 9-8 win over Fitch. Eric Brown had two goals and an assist and Garrett Gralton made 18 saves for St. Bernard (4-6). Andrew Singer and Rob Watts each scored twice, Ian Bond had two assists and Mike Semancik made 12 saves for Fitch (4-8).

College softball

• Mitchell College advanced to the losers' bracket final of the New England Collegiate Conference tournament with a 9-3 win over No. 4 Elms. Earlier, No. 2 Mitchell lost to No. 3 Daniel Webster 11-2 in five innings. Mitchell plays Webster today at noon.

Lindsey Romagnino homered and drove in four runs and Tiffany Person doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in two runs for Mitchell (21-14) in the Elms game.

H.S. boys' golf

• Medalist Alex Valdes helped lead Norwich Tech to a 206-235 win over Ellis Tech in a CSC match. Valdes shot a 44 and Brendan Liebal had a 46 for Norwich Tech (6-4, 6-4).

H.S. girls' golf

• Alexis Stanton led Bacon Academy with a 46 as the Bobcats split a tri-match with Glastonbury and Manchester at Chanticlair Golf Course. Glastonbury was first with 196, followed by Bacon at 204 and Manchester at 229. Carey Ozmun shot a 50 for Bacon.

H.S. boys' tennis

• Eric Sun, James Cusmano, Jason Smith and Zach Higgins won singles matches and Ledyard defeated Bacon Academy 6-1 in the ECC Medium Division. Ledyard is 4-5, 3-2. Bacon is 1-7, 0-4.

• Dana Aing, Shashwat Kala, Matt Getty and Alan Luner won in singles and Waterford defeated Stonington 6-1 in the ECC Medium Division. The Lancers are 9-1, 5-0. Stonington is 4-6, 2-2.

H.S. girls' tennis

• Addy Jakuba, Callie Bateman, Casey Wilson and Madi Blask won in singles and Ledyard blanked Bacon Academy 7-0 in the ECC Medium Division. The Colonels are 6-4, 3-2. Bacon is 1-8, 0-5.

• Joan Li, Sophia Shi, Sherry Yang and Melinda Li won in singles and East Lyme defeated Norwich Free Academy 6-1 in the ECC Large Division. The Vikings are 9-0, 5-0. NFA is 3-5, 1-4.

• Annika Burgess, Chloe Slater, Caroline Kam and Mollie Kam won in singles and Meg Rolfe-Gina Feliciano won in doubles as Stonington stayed unbeaten in the ECC Medium Division with a 5-2 win over Waterford. The Bears are 9-0, 5-0. Waterford is 8-3, 3-2.

UConn football

• UConn graduating seniors Harris Agbor, Corey Manning and Dave Teggart have been named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society.

The society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 721 players qualified this year. Agbor was a four-year player at defensive back, Teggart was the most successful kicker in program history (349 points) and Manning played tight end.

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