Cromwell had an up and down regular season, winning 7 of 15 regular season games, but flipped the switch in the Class S tournament. First they defeated Immaculate 3-1 behind a pair of goals from JJ Tracy and another from Luke Ayotte. Tracy scored again and senior Jack Holcomb tallied the other in a 2-1 second-round upset of #4-seed Lyman Memorial, who lost only two regular season games prior to the tournament. The Panthers miraculous run came to an end in the quarterfinals round where they fell to Morgan 2-1.
Wethersfield blanked Kennedy 6-0 in the opening round of the Class L tourney, behind a pair of goals from Brendan Barry on assists from Kenny Harrison. Justin Biraci, Dino Alihodzic, Brendon Mansaku, Christiano Labella registered the other four goals, while keeper Enrico Gionfriddo was flawless in net. The tournament ended for the Eagles in round two, with a 4-2 loss to Guilford.
Middletown defeated Newington 4-0 in the opening round of Class L action last Tuesday. Patricia Shettleworth, Amalia Sessoms, Madison Fletcher and Carleigh DeFrance each scored for the Blue Dragons, and keeper Veronica Meyer registered the shutout. Middletown fell in the second round to Glastonbury 3-0.
Rocky Hill lost only once in the regular season and continued to excel in the Class M tournament, shutting out Valley Regional 3-0 in the first round, behind a pair of goals from Emma Molloy and a third from Sara Zarrilli. Goalie Sammy Steinman was flawless in between the pipes and followed that up with another shutout in round two, a 2-0 win over Nonnewaug. Annie White and Maren Valente scored in the round two win. The Terriers run ended in the quarterfinals when they lost to Granby 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Cromwell was equally impressive in the regular season, losing only twice, before rolling Griswold 6-0 in the first round of Class M. In the victory, Jenna Serrantino had a tourney hat trick and Levi Belcourt found the back of the net twice, while Jordan Pare added the other goal and Jessica DellaRatta sent back every shot she faced. DellaRatta also blanked second round opponent Woodland 3-0, while Serrantino, Belcourt, and Erika Person tallied goals in the second-round win. The Panthers fell to Berlin 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Cromwell breezed through the first two round of Class S, defeating Wheeler in straight sets and the upsetting #3-seed Cheney Tech in four sets. Najla Cecunjanin had seven kills in the win over Wheeler and Sadie Budzik had nine in the victory over Cheney Tech. Amaya Feitel dished out a total of 32 assists and nine aces in the two tourney wins. The Panthers season ended following a five-set loss to Coginchaug in the quarterfinals.
Newington ousted East Hartford in four sets to open the Class LL tourney. Meghan Roberts had 16 kills and a pair of blocks and Blayne Wanner-Hyde had 17 digs in the victory. The Indians title run ended in the second round where they fell of Greenwich in three sets.
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