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Update: All things Lewis Mills.

POSTED October 09, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Lewis Mills Week in Sports 10/7

Both the Lewis Mills boys and girls soccer teams had big weeks while the Spartans freshman football team posted a victory in its first-ever game.

Here is a look at the week that was in Spartans sports and what lies ahead this week.

GIRLS SOCCER - The Spartans blew up any notion that the BL was a two-team race with a dominant win at Nonnewaug on Saturday.

The Spartans and Chiefs were both unbeaten entering the Berkshire League showdown but Mills scored three goals in each half to take over the league's top spot by itself.

"The Nonnewaug game was great. The girls worked really hard throughout the whole game and really took it to them," Mills coach Jason Stock said.  "Tactically we created a lot of chances and we were managing to find each other and distribute the ball."

Bailey Pace and Shannon Doyle both scored two goals and Julia Pearson and Alessandra Santacroce also tallied for the Spartans. Anna Marinelli has four assists and Santacroce also added an assist while Taylor Anderson made three saves to record the shutout.

The Spartans also posted a 7-0 victory over Litchfield last week. Pace and Pearson scored a pair of goals with Emily Nepomuceno, Rachel Lord and Jen Merritt adding a goal each. Anderson made a pair of saves for the shutout.

"I think the team overall is coming along very well. We have been working on keeping our intensity up throughout games," Stock said. "That has really shown over the last two games at Litchfield and Nonnewaug where the girls played with high intensity for the whole game."

Monday's game at Shepaug was rained out so Mills will play just once this week, at home Wednesday night against Northwestern. The Spartans beat the Highlanders 6-1 on Sept. 12. 

"Going forward our biggest challenge will be getting ready for the state tournament, as I'm sure we will be facing some tough teams," Stock said. "We need to make sure we are ready for that."

BOYS SOCCER - Lewis Mills got back on track with a pair of wins, outscoring the opposition by a 10-1 margin.

The Spartans knocked off Gilbert 5-0 and handled Wamogo 5-1 to improve to 5-0-3 on the season. Seth Ouellette had a goal and two assists to lead Mills past Gilbert. Matt Hillsburg added a goal and an assist while Jordan Sokol, Ryan Finley and Edy Gonzalez each added a tally and Alexander Daigle made a pair of saves to record the shutout.

Mills followed up the win over Gilbert with a 5-1 triumph over Wamogo on Friday.

"Friday night against Wamogo was the best we have played all season," Mills coach Ben Kulas said. "I was very impressed with how well we played and the consistent improvement we have shown throughout the season so far.  All of the players stepped up Friday and they will need to continue to step up as we prepare for the final stretch."

The Spartans have won three straight since a stretch in which they had three consecutive ties. Lewis Mills is now back at the top of the BL with Nonnewaug (6-0-2) with a showdown looming in Woodbury on October 18.

"We still have a lot to improve on going into the tournament," Kulas said.  "We are still waiting for some guys to come back from injuries and we need to keep improving."

This week the Spartans are at Terryville and at Shepaug.

"The concern this week is going to be getting six points.  We travel to Terryville and Shepaug, both difficult places to play," Kulas said.  "Both Terryville and Shepaug are capable of scoring goals so we need to continue to defend well and not have any breakdowns."

CROSS COUNTRY - 

The Lewis Mill’s boys and girls cross country teams swept Housatonic last week.

The Mills girls beat Housatonic 24-32 bringing their current Berkshire League record to 3-3. Senior Amanda Mohagel led the team with her second place finish in a time of 23:33. Nicole Crockett (23:34) was third followed by Mary Claffey (4th place in 24:09), Tessa McNaboe (7th place in 24:36) and Maddy Powell (10th place in 25:09). 

The Spartan boys beat the Mountaineers 15-46 bringing their Berkshire League record to 6-0. The race was won by the Spartan's junior Jackson Morrow finishing in a time of 19:07 just edging out Terryville's Conner Levins by a second. Mills took third through sixth to lock up the win with strong efforts from senior Mike Mudgett (19:36), Tim Forella (19:36), Sam Wazorko (19:50) and Jesse Qa (20:34).

The Lewis Mills’s boys and girls will be competing again next Tuesday at Terryville versus Gilbert, Thomaston, and Terryville starting at 4:15pm.

VOLLEYBALL - Mills went 2-1 in three matches last week and has not lost a BL match this season.

At 9-2 the Spartans are second in Class M behind Woodland (10-0) and their 5-0 record in the BL has them on top of the standings.

Mills defeated Northwestern and Nonnewaug, 3-0, before losing to Sheehan, 3-1, on Friday.

Leah Quinn Alger (39 assists) and Hannah Doyle (40 assists) stepped up in the setters position for Lewis Mills while captain Tori Kryzwick led the team with 35 kills and 45 digs for the week. Teagan Dunn (16 aces, 11 blocks, 22 kills), Molly Quinn Alger (32 digs, 17 kills), Amanda Stocker (16 kills, 10 blocks, 15 digs) Alise Martel (10 kills, 12 digs) also played well. 

"It was a close match that could have gone either way," Mills coach Chuck Drda said of the loss to Sheehan. "We had eight service errors in the first game and six in the last. Both games we lost by two points. Overall, I am pleased with the way the week went. We are in good standing for states and BL runs."

FIELD HOCKEY: The Spartans are 4-3-1 after a big win over Litchfield and a loss to BL-leading Thomaston.

Mills defeated Litchfield, 7-0, as Karlie Neuhausser recorded a hat trick while Kelly Winterbottom and Alexis Duda added two goals each and Allie Jackson had four assists.

Thomaston improved to 7-0 this season and has allowed only one goal all season, to Lewis Mills in a 2-1 game to open the season.

FOOTBALL: Lewis Mills battled Gilbert/Northwestern on just about even terms for a half before falling 44-12 on Saturday afternoon in Winsted.

The Spartans forced four turnovers in the first half and went to the locker room down 7-6 but could not stop Tony Ortiz over the final two quarters.

Ortiz rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns, 171 yards and all three scores coming in the second half. 

“The Gilbert game was good for a half," Mills coach Jose Santana said. "The second half was a total different story, we fell apart and made too many mistakes. We are still learning to finish games and overcome mistakes."

The Spartans (0-3) host Coginchaug on Saturday.

In some good news for the program the Spartans freshman team posted a 48-6 victory over Avon. It was the first freshman football game in the history of the Lewis Mills program.

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