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Published September 18. 2012 4:00AM

Tracking the Bears

• Coast Guard Academy senior Greg Kennerley has worn the golden boot so far this season, scoring a team-leading three goals while helping the men's soccer team to a 3-2 start. The Bears won their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference opener for the first time since 2008, beating Springfield, 2-1, in double overtime Saturday. Sophomore goalie Richie Burns has a 3-1 record and 0.72 goals against average and junior Walter Heaney has two goals.

• The volleyball team is riding a five-game winning streak after dropping its first four matches. The Bears (5-4, 2-0) own a 19-game unbeaten streak dating back to 2010. They host the Bear Classic this weekend, playing DeSales, Middlebury and Lasell. Senior Keriann Mason is off to a terrific start, leading the team with 79 kills and ranking second in digs with 114. Junior Kelsey DePorto has a team-best 38 blocks and senior Karin Matic a team-leading 121 assists.

• The women's soccer program finally shook out of its offensive funk, beating Mitchell College, 4-0, Wednesday. The Bears had been shutout in their first three games. Junior Jill Kelly had a goal and three assists last week.

• Sophomore Beth Gollin has been the women's cross country team's top finisher in the first two races this fall. She placed 16th overall at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, leading the Bears to fourth out of 38 teams. Sophomore Gary Ezzo has led the way for the men's team, finishing 11th at UMass-Dartmouth.

Mariners making a splash

• Mitchell College sophomore goalie Ramazan Sinani earned New England Collegiate Conference player of the week honors after making a career-high 14 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to Eastern Connecticut State University, the fifth-ranked team in New England. He has started all three games, posting a 0.97 goals against average, ranking him second in the conference.

• Junior Drew Castagna received NECC runner of the week award for men's cross country. With a burst of speed down the final 50 meters, he took first last week at the Mitchell College Invitational at Stenger Farm Park. His winning time on the 6,760 meter course was 25 minutes, 47.7 seconds. The Mariners placed second overall.

Camel highlights

• Connecticut College turned on its new lights at Silfen Field for the first time last week during a special ceremony. The college received $1.6 million in gifts to add lights and upgrade the locker room and training room facilities.

In other news, Conn has an agreement with First Team Broadcasting to web cast sporting events throughout the year.

• The Camels already have won as many NESCAC field hockey games as last season, jumping out to a 2-0 start in conference play. They're 3-0 overall. Sophomore Heidi Halsted has two game-winning goals while senior Brittany Fitzgerald is the top offensive threat with three goals and three assists and sophomore goalie Becca Napolitano has 18 saves in three starts.

• On the volleyball court, freshman Caroline Martin has fueled the Camels, who are 6-1 overall, 1-1 in the conference. Martin, an outside hitter, averaged 3.17 kills and 3.25 digs in three matches last week.

• The men's soccer team enters this week unbeaten with a 1-0-2 overall mark. Goalie Casey Marini has a 0.41 goals against average in two starts.

Around the region

• Eastern Connecticut State University senior Matt Furman, a forward from Montville, was named the Little East Conference men's soccer offensive player of the week. Furman, a two-time all-conference standout, scored four goals in three wins last week, including two game-winning goals. He is the program's active scoring leader with 28 goals and 74 points.

Goalie Jordan Munsell, a senior from Waterford, posted a shutout Sunday in a 2-0 win over Springfield. He made four saves. In 11 career games, he has six shutouts and a 0.45 goals against average.

• Senior defensive end Michael Farnsworth, a Fitch High School graduate, had five solo tackles and two assists in Western Connecticut's 72-14 loss to Cortland State. Last season he earned New Jersey Athletic Conference honorable mention honors, finishing with 44 tackles and two sacks. He was named the team's most valuable player and best defensive player.

Andrea Plucenik, a redshirt freshman at UConn, was named Big East rookie of the week in women's soccer after scoring three goals last week while leading the Huskies to a 1-1 week. She had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over St. John's. She ranks second on the team in points with nine.

• Sophomore forward/midfield Olivia Moore, an East Lyme grad, has started the first five games for the Wentworth women's soccer team. She has one goal and one assist.

• Senior midfielder Mario Costa of Pawcatuck is serving as co-captain for Southern Connecticut men's soccer team. Costa, a three-year starter, has one goal in three games.

• Waterford graduate Casey Chabot, a freshman defender, has appeared in four games, starting two, for the Plymouth State University women's soccer team.

g.keefe@theday.com

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