NORTH STONINGTON — With eight minutes left in the first half, the Wheeler High girls’ lacrosse team trailed Ledyard 4-3 and were very much in Thursday’s contest.
The Lions were never able to get any closer to the ECC Large Division Colonels and lost the out of division game between ECC schools, 14-7.
“They (the Colonels) popped a couple of goals in at the end of the game,” Wheeler coach Dan Rahl said. “It really was close the whole game.”
Ledyard (4-2) led 6-4 at halftime but outscored the Lions 8-3 in the second half to pull away.
“Their defense was much better in the second half,” Rahl said. “They pressured the ball and we didn’t have nearly as many scoring chances in the second half as in the first.”
Jess Muller scored six of Wheeler’s seven goals and has 17 tallies over her last three games.
“She didn’t play in the first game and Stonington (second game) is really good. She’s really just picking up where she left off last season,” Rahl said.
Madison Jones scored the Lions’ other goal. Rachel Luce and Sierra LaBonte had assists.
The Colonels outshot the Lions 28-17 and Carolyn Pabst made 14 saves in net for Wheeler.
Wheeler (0-5) visits the Williams School Saturday at 2 p.m.
NORTH STONINGTON —It took a couple of innings but Wheeler’s offense was able to kick into high gear and down the Colonels in Thursday’s out of division game between ECC schools.
Neither team scored in the first two innings and Ledyard (2-5) took a 1-0 advantage into the bottom of the third.
The Lions (3-1) answered with three runs in the third, three more in the fourth and five in the fifth.
“It was a little bit of a feeling out process in the first couple of innings,” Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said. “Eight of our nine starters got a hit and the RBIs were really spread out. It was a good team win.”
Samantha Muller had three hits and two RBIs for the Lions. Raven Houck and Kylie Baker each had a pair of singles. Houck scored three times and Baker drove in two runs.
Once Wheeler built a 6-2 advantage after four innings, Cawley said he felt good about his team’s chances with Jen Paride on the mound.
Paride allowed two earned runs on six hits over her seven innings. She also struck out 11 batters.
“She had to work for her strikeouts. Ledyard put the bat on the ball pretty well,” Cawley said.
Wheeler hosts Westbrook today at 3:45 p.m.
STONINGTON — The Wheeler/St. Bernard co-op squad was shut out by Stonington in Thursday’s ECC Small Division contest.
Will Iorio had five goals and six assists for the Bears.
Stonington is now 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the ECC-Small.
Wheeler/St. Bernard (0-6, 0-2 ECC-Small) hosts Valley Regional for a nonleague game on Saturday morning at 11.
Lions split two
STONINGTON — Wheeler remained undefeated in the ECC-Small with a 7-0 win over St. Bernard Thursday at Stonington Country Club.
Peyton Mulhern led the Lions (3-2, 3-0 ECC-Small) out of the No. 3 slot with a 49 on the par-36 front nine.
Jake Umphlett and Coleton Lamb each shot 50, and Michael Anderson chipped in with a 52. St. Bernard, which lost to Wheeler for the second time in two days, fell to 0-3, 0-3 ECC-Small.
Stonington (2-1) beat Wheeler, 6-1, and Griswold, 7-0, in a ECC the nonleague tri-match. The Bears shot a 181, the Lions posted a 201. St. Bernard only had two golfers compete.
The Lions play Montville on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Norwich Golf Course.