MIDDLETOWN >> Kaleigh Roberts led a top three sweep for the Mercy girls cross country team as the Tigers cruised to a victory in the Mercy Invitational Tuesday afternoon in Middletown.
Roberts ran the 5,000 meters course in 20 minutes and 19 seconds.
Roberts’ teammate, Mackenzie Pias, was the runner-up in 20:32, while Bridgid Selfors completed the sweep in 20:51.
Everest Peacock (Hale-Ray) placed fourth (21:40) and Madison Boyce (East Hampton) was fifth (21:46).
The team scores were Mercy (29), Sacred Heart Academy (51), East Hampton (56), St. Paul (102) and Holy Cross (133).
The Middletown girls cross country team defeated Plainville and Bristol Eastern Tuesday at Vets Park in Middletown. The Blue Dragons edged Bristol Eastern, 27-28; and topped Plainville, 23-32.
Plainville’s Delaney Russell placed first in 24:02.
Middletown’s top finishers were Courtney Pusz (third, 24:33), Jamie Gassman (fifth, 25:23), and Ashley Comeau (sixth, 25:24).
The Middletown boys cross country team also went 2-0 on Tuesday. The Blue Dragons defeated Plainville, 20-36, and Bristol Eastern, 23-34.
Plainville’s Omar Abdelsame won the meet in 18:21.
Middletown’s top finishers were Ben Shaffer, who was the runnerup in 18:43, Matteo Alvarez (third, 18:56), and Nate Roy (sixth, 19:31).
The Thomaston boys and girls cross country teams defeated Portland and Platt to win the annual Portland Invitational Tuesday at Ingersoll.
Thomaston senior Luke McMahon won the boys event in 18:22.58, while senior Sabrina Olsen, also from Thomaston, won the girls event in 19:34.95.
The Highlanders were led by junior Jonathan Dolan, who placed third in 19:02.19, and, in the girls race, sophomore Brooke Townsend, who also placed third in 22:26.28.
Xavier 4, Hand 1 >> The Falcons got off to a great start with an SCC win at Middletown. Wes Reid scored two goals, Tom Gardiner and Kevin Fitpatrick each had one goal, while Dan Miela had one save for Xavier (1-0).
Southington 4, Middletown 0 >> Mike Allyet, Eric Schneider, Sean Conway and Ryan Burrill notched goals for Southington.
Portland 3, Old Saybrook 0 >> Senior goalkeeper Marisa DiMare (two saves) posted her school record 26th shutout for the defending SLC champions in Old Saybrook. After a scoreless first half, Jackie Otake, Amanda Ghent and Anna Rose Zamapano notched second half goals for the Highlanders (1-0).
East Hampton 1, Lyme-Old Lyme 1 (2 OT) >> At Old Lyme, Katie Williams scored on a counterattack, off an assist from Natalie Dash, to give the Bellringers a key tie in their season opener. Hannah Behringer scored on a corner kick for the Wildcats. Allison Bristol made eight saves for East Hampton.
Cromwell 3, Morgan 0: Paige Martin scored two goals and Claire Newman added one goal for the host Panthers (1-0). Katie Machinchick and Paige Pendl each had one assist, while Alexa Beauchemin preserved the shutout with three saves.
Mercy 8, North Haven 1: Kendra Landry, Blakeslee Palmer, and Danielle Richardson each had two goals to lead the Tigers at North Haven. Mercy goalkeeper Alyssa Morrissey made four saves.
Hale-Ray 2, Westbrook 0: Jess Dombroski and Emily Traceski each had a goal, while Faith Cooley presevred the shutout with 11 saves for the Little Noises (1-0).
Coginchaug 7, North Branford 0: Victoria Buonanni had two goals and one assist, and Amy Arcari, Kim Romanoff and Olivia Preneta each had one goal and one assist to lead the Blue Devils (1-0). Kasi Whitaker and Jess Drop had one goal apiece, while golakeeper Kara Mather made one save.
Haddam-Killingworth 2, Valley Regional 1: The Cougars got second half goals from Jen Martin and Angie Cretella to rally past the Warriors at Deep River. Cretella, who had an assist on Martin’s goal, scored the game-winner in the 66th minute.
Freshman goalie Tedi Ferguson made four saves for H-K (1-0).
Caitlyn Kelly scored the Warriors’ goal, while Kiernan Decker made 14 saves.
East Hampton 3, Valley Regional 0 >> Katy Beam had 13 digs, Dakota Reed had 29 assists and Sarah Maggie had 10 kills in the Bellringers 27-25, 25-18 and 25-13 win. Michaela Paholski had seven kills and five digs, while Chloe MacNeil had four kills and three digs for Valley.
Hale-Ray 3, Hyde 0: Jordan Ziobron collected five kills and three blocks, and three aces, while Eliza Burke had four aces and 10 service points to lead the Little Noises (1-0) to a 25-17, 25-9, 25-7 win.
Morgan 3, Haddam-Killingworth 0: Lily Dawson had 32 assists, Sarah Dahlberg had 16 kills and nine digs, and Sami Ashton had eight kills and seven digs to lead the Huskies (1-0) to a 25-10, 25-18, and 25-13 win in Clinton.
Coginchaug 3, Cromwell 0: The Blue Devils (1-0) topped the Panthers 25-18, 26-24, and 25-12 behind Hayley Brant (14 kills) and Sydney Trusty (12 assists).
North Haven 105, Mercy 81: The Tigers got first place perfomances from Emily Devivo, Devan Corsini, Marly Carroll, Meghan Hassett (200 Medley Relay, 2:05.75); Rachel Dziatko (100 Butterfly, 107.41); and Devivo (100 Backstroke, 1:07.65).