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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    High school roundup: Top-seeded Lancers reach Division I final on PKs

    Waterford — The top-seeded Waterford High School girls’ soccer team battled through a scoreless regulation and two overtimes before edging No. 5 Woodstock Academy in penalty kicks in the sermifinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I tournament Monday.

    Waterford (14-1-2) had a 4-3 advantage in the penalty kick round to advance to the championship game against No. 2 Norwich Free Academy at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Montville High School.

    Angeles Pina Rodriguez, Adyson Wiseman, Camryn Dickinson and Allison Cioci converted their penalty kicks for Waterford and goalie Victoria Sturm made a clutch save. Macy Rawson, Freya Robbie and Juliet Allard hit their penalty kicks for Woodstock.

    In other games:

    • Sadie Daniewicz scored twice and Haley Young added a goal for No. 2 Norwich Free Academy in a 3-0 victory over No. 2 East Lyme in the semifinals of the ECC Division I tournament. The NFA defense of Hailey Iozzia, Leah Burchman, Avery Quesnel, Emmy Winton and Emily Tucker had a solid game in front of goalie Ava Boenig (4 saves). Morgan Dube had eight saves for East Lyme (12-5-1).

    • Jada Cheung had two goals for No. 6 Montville in a 4-0 victory over No. 2 Wheeler in the ECC Division II semifinals. Avery Bouchey and Nicole Hudson also scored for Montville (8-8-2), which moved on to Wednesday night’s championship game to meet either No. 1 Lyman Memorial or No. 5 St. Bernard. Sydney Cook added three assists for the Wolves, who led 1-0 at halftime. Wheeler is 8-9.

    • Emily McKelvey scored twice to lift No. 1 Lyman Memorial to a 3-1 victory over No. 5 St. Bernard in the ECC Division II tournament quarterfinals, advancing the Bulldogs to the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they will face off against No. 6 Montville. St. Bernard (8-8-2) took a 1-0 lead at the 12-minute mark but McKelvey tied it 10 minutes later for a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. In the second half, Madeline Archer connected on a 30-yard strike to give Lyman a 2-1 lead. McKelvey got her second goal with 17:00 left when she cut in and beat the keeper to her left. Lyman is 13-3-1.

    • Scoreless through 70 minutes, Kate Walsh scored Old Lyme's only goal to beat Cromwell 1-0 in the Shoreline Conference tournament semifinals. Olivia Kelly had 11 saves in goal for Old Lyme (9-5-3), which will face either No. 1 Morgan in the championship game Friday after Morgan’s 2-1 overtime win over No. 5 Portland in the semis.


    • Avery Stadler had six aces for top-seeded East Lyme in a 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 victory over No. 8 Ledyard in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division I tournament. Megan Romanowicz had six assists and Finnley Wilson seven kills for East Lyme (18-2), which advanced to meet No. 5 NFA in Wednesday’s semifinals at Woodstock. Ledyard is 8-13.

    • NFA advanced to the semifinals of the ECC Division I tournament with a 25-11, 25-20, 16-25, 25-19 win over Griswold. Abby Matheson had 11 kills, 29 digs and four aces for Griswold (12-8), Kierra Neilson had six kills, three blocks and six digs, Bella Bruno had 19 assists, four digs and two aces and Summer McLean finished with nine assists, seven digs and three aces. NFA is 15-6.

    • Danica Agsalud had 19 assists and No. 2 Waterford blanked No. 7 Fitch 25-16, 25-8, 25-12 in the ECC Division I quarterfinals. Emerson Lane added seven kills, seven aces and three blocks for Waterford (18-3), Jennie Macca-Barnes had five aces and KeCelia Hill had 13 digs and an ace. Tessa Cantone had 11 digs for Fitch (6-15), Abby Malone four kills and Katie Virtue two aces. Waterford meets No. 3 Woodstock in the semifinals Wednesday.

    • No. 3 Woodstock Academy rolled through the first two sets, using their service to open big early leads and then held off No. 6 Bacon Academy in the final set for a 25-14, 25-11, 25-21 victory in the ECC Division I tournament quarterfinals. Liliana Bottone paced Woodstock with nine kills and Sophie Gronski added 31 assists. Meghan Walsh had five kills for Bacon (9-10).

    • Junior setter Mackenzie Payne had 24 assists and seven aces and No. 1 Montville defeated No. 8 Putnam 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division II tournament. Montville will meet No. 4 New London in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Plainfield. Zoie Farrar had 10 Kills and Alyna Ovalles eight digs for Montville (18-3).

    • No. 4 New London lost the first set to No. 5 Windham 25-16 before coming back to win three straight, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23, in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division II tournament. Malahika Paulo had 33 digs and eight service points for the Whalers (10-11), while Serenity Lancaster had 32 digs, seven kills and six blocks and Nyarah Dudley had 30 digs and eight kills. Aniya Jenkins had 16 kills and 32 digs for Windham.

    • No. 7 Plainfield eliminated No. 2 Lyman Memorial from the ECC Division II tournament with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 win. Rylee Benway had five kills, 16 Digs and three aces for Lyman (9-12), Erica Arpin 17 digs and Ayanna Dillman 10 assists.

    • Abby Butremovic had 39 digs in Wheeler’s 25-19, 25-23, 25-13 loss to Killingly in the quarterfinals of the ECC Division II tournament. Addie Stanley added six kills for Wheeler (9-12). Chloe Yip had 34 digs, five aces and three kills for Killingly (11-10) and Shyah Baker had 23 assists.

    • No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth defeated No. 6 Old Lyme 25-12, 26-24, 25-19 in the quarterfinals of the Shoreline Conference tournament. Grace Phaneuf had 19 assists for Old Lyme (9-12), Peighton Andrews had eight kills and 16 digs and Sydney Siefken added eight kills and nine digs.


    • Waterford had a 1-2-3 finish in the 400-meter freestyle (Julia Gathy, Lauren Gerboth, Katelynn Partridge) and the 100 backstroke (Elizabeth Jane Saucier, Jiarou Liao, Emerson Bunnell) to beat Old Lyme 100-56 on Senior Day. Gathy also won the 200 free for Waterford (6-4), Zaya Haglund took the 200 individual medley, Hannah Blomberg the 50 free and Liao the 100 free.

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