Lewis Mills Week In Sports 10/21
The Lewis Mills boys cross country team captured its second straight Berkshire League title to highlight the week for the Spartans.
Both the girls and boys soccer teams are on top of the BL standings, with the boys earning a tough 2-1 overtime victory at Nonnewaug on Friday to take over first place.
The Lewis Mills boys cross country team won the Berkshire League title for the second year in a row on Friday afternoon at Black Rock State Park.
Jackson Morrow led the Spartans with a close victory in the boys race. Lewis Mills finished with 53 points with Northwestern coming in second with 71 points followed by Thomaston (72) and Nonnewaug (85).
Morrow overtook Nonnewaug’s Vincent Pistritto down the stretch and won by just over a second.
The girls team finished seventh as Thomaston won the girls BL title. Senior Amanda Mohagel led the Spartans finishing in 25th place followed by sophomore Nicole Crockett in 26th.
The Spartans had a busy week and continued their push toward the Berkshire League title.
Lewis Mills knocked of Wamogo, 8-0, on Tuesday, Shepaug, 4-1, on Wednesday and Housatonic, 6-0, on Thursday to move to 12-0 on the season.
Ranked No. 1 in Class M, Lewis Mills is four wins away from a perfect regular season. The Spartans are at Gilbert on Tuesday and at Terryville/Thomaston on Thursday before hosting Nonnewaug on Friday.
Mills closes out the regular season at home against Litchfield on Oct. 28.
The win over Shepaug was the closest result Lewis Mills has had all season. No other team has come closer than five goals but coach Jason Stock wasn’t very concerned.
“I don't think it was our toughest test of the season, we simply just couldn't convert our chances,” Stock said. “Their goalkeeper made some great saves and we missed narrowly multiple times.”
BOYS SOCCER: Freddy Marinelli scored in overtime to lift the Spartans to a 2-1 victory over Nonnewaug on Friday in a battle for first place in the Berkshire League.
Nonnewaug led 1-0 at the half but could not hold on as Lewis Mills got a goal on a penalty shot by Ryan Finley early in the second half and then a goal by Marinelli 1:31 into the first overtime.
The Spartans have four games left in the regular season starting Tuesday at Northwestern. Mills then hosts Litchfield on Friday. The Spartans tied with both teams earlier in the season.
VOLLEYBALL: Lewis Mills improved to 13-2 with wins over Terryville (3-2), East Catholic (3-1) and Gilbert (3-2). The Spartans are currently ranked second in Class M and are a perfect 7-0 in the BL.
The Spartans were led by captain Tori Kryzwick with 21 aces, 47 kills and 38 digs while Hannah Doyle added 23 aces and 89 assists; Molly Quinn Alger (24 kills, 33 digs) Amanda Stocker (23 kills, 31 digs); Teagan Dunn (15 kills, 15 digs), Alise Martel (7 kills, 7 digs) and Amanda Rousseau (15 digs) also had strong weeks.
Coach Chuck Drda also credited Rachael Ashburn, Hunter Fabretti, Mica Martin and Rachel Seleman with strong play off the bench.
Lewis Mills has matches with Housatonic, Hall and Nonnewaug this week and finishes out the season vs Northwestern on Oct. 29.
“We are playing great volleyball,” Drda said. “We are close to a BL title and improving our seeding in the states would be great but we are taking it one match at a time.”
FIELD HOCKEY: The Spartans dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Nonnewaug on Friday and are 7-5-1 on the season.
The setback in Woodbury snapped Lewis Mills’three-game winning streak.
"We played Nonnewaug tough despite not having our best performance,” Mills coach Maggie Tieman said. “There were a couple of tough bounces on a tough surface that allowed the goal to sneak by the defense.”
The Spartans have three games left in the season as they look to improve their seeding for the upcoming state tournament. They host Wamogo on Tuesday and Northwestern on Friday.
“Things are going great and the girls are playing the best they have all season,” Tieman said. “We are looking for a good week against Wamogo tomorrow and Northwestern on Friday. We need to stay healthy and our goal is to finish 3-0 for the rest of the regular season.”
FOOTBALL: Lewis Mills is still learning how to win and the Spartans had another painful lesson on Saturday afternoon.
Nursing a seven point lead with a little more than four minutes to play, the Spartans made a couple of errors and they proved costly in a tough 17-14 loss to Granby.
"We had some chances and it's a tough loss but I am proud of the way we fought," Lewis Mills coach Jose Santana said. "It's a process and we have to learn how to close out games."
The Bears picked up their second straight win and second of the season with 10 points in the final four minutes, the winning points coming on a 36-yard field goal by Matt Holmes with 3.6 seconds to play.
The loss dropped Mills to 0-5 heading into next week's game with winless Housatonic/Wamogo.