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Lewis Mills Week In Sports 10/14

POSTED October 14, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Lewis Mills Sports Week 10/14

The Lewis Mills field hockey team highlights the week that was in Spartan sports with a huge win over Farmington. The Spartans knocked off the Indians, 3-0, for a win that should give them a big boost in confidence as they work for a high seed in the state tournament.

Both soccer teams continued their paths toward possible Berkshire League titles and the volleyball team is moving close to wrapping up a BL crown as well.

FIELD HOCKEY:

It was a long time coming but Lewis Mills (6-4-1) beat Farmington, 3-0, on Thursday. 

"It was a huge win, it's been four years since we came out on top," Lewis Mills coach Maggie Tieman said. "We had a great team effort and dominated the pace of play."

Tieman credited center mid Andie Stone, center back Kelly Winterbottom, sweeper Amy Powers and forwards Ally Jackson and Sadie Robinson and Jackie Duba for having strong games with goalkeepers Caroline Waters and Shannon Roesing doing a great job in the cage. 

The Spartans have a big week ahead with games against Shepaug at home on Tuesday and Nonnewaug on the road Friday. Mills topped Shepaug in OT earlier this season and lost the first meeting with Nonnewaug, 3-0. 

"It's a big week for us. The kids are seeing they can be great each day, no matter the conditions and most importantly they enjoy playing the game they put so many hours into," Tieman said.

GIRLS SOCCER: 

The Lewis Mills girls soccer team moved to 9-0 on the season with a 7-0 home win against Northwestern (3-6) on Wednesday.

Emily Nepomuceno, Bailey Pace and Ailene Berry scored two goals each and Mackenzie Bergstrom added a tally for Mills, which led 1-0 at the half.

"This has happened to us several times this season when we lead by one at the half then score a whole lot in the second half," Mills coach Jason Stock said. "To be honest I think it's a case that we are knocking at the door a lot and the ball is just not going in, then once we get that second and third goal the floodgates open and the girls take advantage of it."

Mills won't play again until Tuesday at Wamogo. The Spartans then travel to Shepaug on Wednesday and host Housatonic on Thursday. The Spartans have won their last four games by a combined score of 27-0 and are on a roll but Stock is not to worried about the break.

"I think a break can be a good thing, it will give us a chance to reflect on what we have done so far and how we want to keep progressing through the season," he said. "The only concern is that there may be a chance to break our momentum, but honestly I think the kids are mentally strong enough to not let that affect them."

BOYS SOCCER: 

The Spartans (7-0-3) have won five straight and are fourth in Class M. Mills knocked off Terryville, 2-0, and Shepaug, 1-0, on the road last week to continue its march toward a second straight BL title.

"It was a good week for us. Playing on the road is never easy for our team with the style we try to play," Mills coach Ben Kulas said. "We reached our goals for the week: six points and two shutouts."

Kulas said the Shepaug game was as expected as it took advantage of its smaller field to pack in the box and counter attack. 

Lewis Mills has a big week ahead with a home game against Thomaston on Tuesday and a road game at Nonnewaug on Friday. The Spartans crushed the Bears, 10-0, in the first meeting of the season while they battled the Chiefs to a 1-1 tie earlier this year.

Nonnewaug (8-0-2) is just ahead of Lewis Mills in the standings with all other BL teams having at least three league losses, making Fridays game huge as far as the BL title goes.

"This week is huge. Thomaston will be fired up to avenge the loss from earlier in the year. Then the big one Friday against Nonnewaug on the road," Kulas said. "Nonnewaug is going to be a battle. Both teams are unbeaten and both have a lot at stake.  Right now Nonnewaug is ranked third in Class M standings and first in the league and we are fourth in Class M and second. A loss for us not only means we won't win the BL title but we will be looking at losing home field in the tournament and a first round bye."

VOLLEYBALL: Lewis Mills (10-2, 5-0 BL) avenged an earlier loss with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-23) victory over Ellington.

Hannah Doyle (8 aces, 6 kills, 29 assists), Molly Quinn Alger (7 aces, 8 kills,13 digs), Teagan Dunn (12 kills, 5 blocks, 10 digs) and 

Amanda Stocker (8 kills, 6 digs) had strong games for the Spartans.

Lewis Mills hosts Terryville on Tuesday and is at East Catholic on Thursday and Gilbert on Friday.


CROSS COUNTRY: The Spartans ran at the Wickham Park Invitational on Saturday in Manchester, CT. Running in the Girls Unseeded Varsity, the Lady Spartans were led by sophomore Nicole Crockett who finished in 103rd place in a time of 23:53. The remaining top five for Lewis Mills was senior Amanda Mohagel (24:46), junior Tessa McNaboe (24:55), senior captain Sarah Sandefur (26:07) and freshman Kiley Hallet (27:19). 

The Spartan boys ran in the Championship Varsity race which had some tough competition. Junior Jackson Morrow finished in 25th place in a time of 17:14 and senior Michael Mudgett finished in 32nd place in a time of 17:30. Also scoring for the team, was junior Timothy Fortella (18:12), senior Samuel Wazorko (18:34) and junior Jesse Quinn-Alger (19:10). 

Both teams will compete in the Berkshire League Championship on Friday at Black Rock State Park in Thomaston, CT. The Thomaston girls are favorites to win the title while the Spartans boys are among the favorites on the boys side.

FOOTBALL: The Spartans dropped to 0-4 with a 40-7 loss to Coginchaug (2-2).

"It was a very tough loss, we played very hard and had a lot of positive moments," Mills coach Jose Santana said. "We had two interceptions that makes six in the past two games. We moved the ball but had some untimely turnovers and it’s hard to recover from that. We played tough the whole game and gave Coginchaug a hard time. We are learning to play tougher and compete we just need to crack the in the win column."

The Spartans will try and crack the win column on Saturday at Granby (1-3) the Bears are coming off a bye and beat Haddam-Killingworth, 42-22, in their last outing.

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