WATERBURY - Emma Cretella became the first member of the St. Paul girls lacrosse team ever to pass the 100-goal mark for her career as she netted six tallies in a 16-0 victory for the Falcons over Holy Cross at Post University on Tuesday afternoon.
Nine different girls scored for St. Paul, with Cretella’s fifth goal marking the 100th in her career. She’s been a key part of the team since its start four years ago.
The victory was the 11th straight for the Falcons, who were backed by solid defense and a combined shutout from goalies Bella Peterson (5 saves) and Alexis Tierpack (4 saves).
Bristol Eastern 4, Cromwell 1: The Lancers broke an 11-game losing streak and are still alive in the hunt for a state tournament berth as solid pitching and timely hitting carried the team to a win in Cromwell.
Senior Jagger Duquette pitched the complete-game win for Eastern (6-11), allowing four hits and one unearned run, while walking two, striking out seven and facing just 26 batters.
Eastern took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Dylan Woodsome walked with one out. Carson Sassu followed with an infield single to deep short, putting runners on first and second. Jack Kozikowski followed with a single to right center that scored Woodsome.
Cromwell (4-15) came back with an unearned run in the bottom of the third, after which Duquette retired 14 of the final 17 Cromwell batters, scattering two singles and a walk.
Eastern scored three runs in the top of the fifth. Woodsome opened the inning by walking. Sassu laid down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed and Kozikowki sacrificed the runners to second and third. With two outs, Noah Hickey beat out an infield single to deep short, scoring Woodsome, and Nate Ouellette followed with a long double off the left field fence to score Sassu and Hickey.
Eastern had seven hits in the game, two each by Kozikowski and Ouellette.
Bristol Central 9, Rocky Hill 7: The Rams rallied for six runs in the fourth inning and held off the Terriers for a victory at home.
Pitcher Peyton Greger got the win and also tripled in the game. Gwen Torreso doubled and homered for Bristol Central (9-7), while Kayla St. Onge also doubled.
Bristol Eastern 4, St. Paul 3: Alyssa Hackling played the role of hero, roping a game-tying single in the fifth and a walk-off RBI single up the middle to give the Lancers (13-4) a thrilling victory.
St. Paul took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, but Eastern scored two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Falcons (14-4) then retook the lead with two runs in the fifth before Hackling tied it in the bottom half. In the seventh, a leadoff single by Paige McLaughlin (4-for-4) and a bloop single by Zoe Lowe (2-for-4) put runners at first and second with no outs. Erin Girard - who earned the win in a complete-game, eight-strikeout effort - laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Alison Tellier was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out to set up Hackling’s hit.
St. Paul 167, Watertown 192: The Falcons improved to 8-4 overall for the season (8-2 NVL) with a victory at Chippanee Golf Club in Bristol (par 35).
Ryne Salius and Michael Dolce shared medalist honors for St. Paul with rounds of 39.
Also for the Falcons, Chris Millerick shot a 44 and Jordan Rinaldi had a 45.
Watertown (8-3 NVL) was led by Ian Wivestad’s round of 40.
Nonnewaug 130, Terryville 13: Conor Garrity, with a time of 56.9 seconds in the 400 meters, was the only event winner in a home meet for the Kangaroos.
Nonnewaug 112, Terryville 35: In a home meet, the Kangaroos had four event winners: Bella Christiana in the 100 (13.6) and 200 meters (27.9), Katie DeForest in the 1,600 meters (6:04.3) and Maddy Woodward in the 3,200 meters (12:53.9).
St. Paul wins tri-meet: The Falcons (7-5) shot a 220 as a team to defeat Mercy (224) and Canton (249) led by medalist Natalie Millerick’s round of 48. Erin Downes (52), Sami Millerick (59) and Julia Marchak (61) rounded out the Falcons’ scoring.