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Wheeler roundup: Co-op team gets first victory

UNCASVILLE — The Wheeler/St. Bernard co-op boys’ lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season with a 7-2 ECC Small Division victory over Montville Tuesday.

St. Bernard/Wheeler led 2-1 after the first quarter, was up 4-1 at halftime, and never trailed at any point in the game.

Nick Kane of St. Bernard scored five goals, including a man-down goal, to lead St. Bernard/Wheeler.

Co-op coach George Hudson said Kane scored most of his goals on fast breaks.

Jayson Bliven, from Wheeler, scored a goal.

“We really hustled and had really good energy the entire game,” Hudson said.

St. Bernard/Wheeler (1-6, 1-3 ECC-Small) outshot Montville 32-26 and co-op keeper Jack Satti made 10 saves in net.

The Indians fell to 0-6 and 0-4 in the ECC-Small.

St. Bernard/Wheeler next visits Fitch Thursday at 4 p.m.




GROTON — Wheeler took ECC-Large Fitch to the final out of Tuesday’s out-of-division game between ECC schools before losing.

The Lions got the tying run to third base with two outs in the seventh inning after Fitch (5-5) had rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. The Falcons had two doubles and a single in the decisive inning and the Lions made two errors.

Troy Stefanski went 3 for 4 for Wheeler (2-6) including a RBI triple in the third. Stefanski scored the final run of the three-run inning that gave the Lions a 4-3 lead on a single by Chris Munzer.

Kevin Knowles was 2 for 4 for Wheeler including a RBI double in the fourth that made it 5-3.

Dylan Wilkinson pitched all six innings for the Lions. He got the first two batters in the sixth out before the Falcons made their comeback.

Wheeler hosts Griswold on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.


Plainfield.......................... 2

Wheeler........................... 0

NORTH STONINGTON — Each starting pitcher struck out 10 batters and the teams combined for only seven hits in Tuesday’s out-of-division games between ECC teams.

Plainfield (4-4) came up with four singles off Lions’ starter Jennifer Paride and took advantage of errors in key spots in both the second and sixth innings to plate a run in each.

Wheeler (4-2) managed just three singles off Plainfield starter Keri Lehtonen. The Lions’ best chance to score came in the third when they put runners on first and third with two outs. Lehtonen came up with a strikeout to get out of the jam.

Wheeler beat the ECC-Medium Panthers 6-0 on April 11.

The Lions play unbeaten Fitch of the ECC-Large on Thursday at 4 p.m. on the road.


Waterford....................... 17

Wheeler........................... 8

WATERORD — The Lancers outscored the Lions 12-2 in the first half of Tuesday’s ECC-Small game.

Jess Muller finished with four goals and two assists for Wheeler (0-6, 0-4 ECC-Small). Zoe Robert added three goals and Emma Wage scored one. Rachel Luce assisted on one goal and goalie Carolyn Pabst made eight saves.

Waterford improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Wheeler’s next game is Thursday at Norwich Free Academy.


Montville......................... 6

Wheeler............................ 1

NORWICH — Jake Umphlett earned the only point of the day for the Lions in Tuesday’s ECC-Small match at Norwich Golf Course.

Umphlett carded a 55 on the par-36 course to win the fourth flight match by a stroke.

Wheeler (3-3 overall, 3-1 ECC-Small) posted a team total of 214, well behind Montville’s 189. The Indians are now 4-2 and 3-0 in the league.

Montville’s Ben Reed posted the low round of the day with a 40. Michael Anderson (49), Peyton Mulhern (53) and Max Reck (57) all contributed to Wheeler’s team score.

The Lions’ next match is today at Griswold at 3 p.m.

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