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Lewis Mills Week In Sports 11/11

POSTED November 11, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Lewis Mills Week In Sports 11/11

State tournament play can offer a cruel end to otherwise successful seasons and a number of Lewis Mills High School teams found that out the hard way last week.

Quick exits by both soccer teams and the girls volleyball team came as a surprise as all three won BL titles this fall and expected deeper runs in the state tournament.

GIRLS SOCCER:

After going to the state title game, quarterfinals and semifinals the last three seasons, the Lewis Mills girls soccer team was expected to make a deep run in the Class M state tournament this season. Weston had other plans.

Mills fell behind for the first time this season and never recovered as No. 16 Weston posted a 3-0 victory in the second round of the Class M tournament.

The top-seeded Spartans entered the tournament 16-0 but hardly tested all season. The Trojans out of the SouthWest Conference were used to tough games and not intimidated as they withstood a couple of good chances from the Spartans in the first 10 minutes and then stunned them with the first three goals of the game.

BOYS SOCCER:

The Spartans rolled to a 5-0 victory over Killingly to open the Class M state tournament before falling to No. 14 Ellington, 1-0, in the second round.

It was a disappointing ending for the two-time Berkshire League champions, who came into the postseason seeded third and who had not lost a game this season before being bounced form the tournament.

VOLLEYBALL:

The Spartans girls volleyball team was the third of Mills’ three BL champs this season to make an early exit from the tournament.

Mills (17-3) was the No. 2 seed in Class M and received a first round bye before being knocked off by No. 18 Rocky Hill in the second round, 3-2 (27-25, 25-16, 22-25, 11-25, 15-11).

FIELD HOCKEY:

Mills (10-6-1) dropped a heartbreaker in the first round of the Class S tournament, 1-0, to Haddam-Killingworth. The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime and the Spartans eventually fell on penalty strokes, 3-1.

FOOTBALL:

The Spartans put up a season high 30 points but couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost to SMSA/University, 40-30, on Saturday afternoon at Muzzy Field.

SMSA jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter but Mills fought back. Mills (2-6) Lewis Mills QB Lucas Lanning set a school record with 264 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He threw TD passes to four different receivers, including a 67-yarder to Trevor Watts.

“We played well in the second half and had opportunities to come back but we made to many mistakes especially in the first half,” Mills coach Jose Santana said. “We are playing better but not where we need to be.”

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