Local college notes
• The Connecticut College field hockey team ran into a speed bump, dropping two straight New England Small College Athletic Conference games after starting out 2-0. Brittany Fitzgerald is the team's top scorer with three goals and three assists. Emily Scribner has played well on defense.
• Laurie Whalen of East Lyme has joined Josh Edmed's volleyball team coaching staff. She's serving an assistant coach for the Camels who are off to an impressive 9-1 start and didn't lose a game last week in three wins. Conn is ranked No. 4 in New England.
Senior Rachel Schroff is first in the conference with 3.75 kills per set and has 90 kills overall in 24 games. Carly Guiducci leads the defense and added 3.65 digs per set.
• The men's cross country team entered the New England Division III poll at No. 10 last week. Junior Mike LeDuc competed in his first race of the season, placing seventh out of 208 runners in the Purple Valley Classic in Williamstown, Mass.
The Camels host their own invitational on Oct. 13 at Harkness State Park in Waterford.
Tracking the Bears
• Coast Guard soccer is off to a strong start due in part to play of sophomore goalie Richie Burns, the NEWMAC defensive player of the week. Prior to Tuesday's action, he had a 4-1 record with 0.58 goals against average and two shutouts. The Bears won their first two conference games for the first time, needing only one league win to tie their total from the last two years during which they went 3-7-2.
• The women's soccer team is playing solid defense but struggling offensively, scoring five goals in six games. The Bears (1-5, 0-2) have been shutout four times this season. Four of their five losses have come by two goals ore less. Junior goalie Devin Fellman is anchoring the defense, allowing 1.67 goals per game while playing all 540 minutes this season.
Coast Guard hosts Conn College at 7 p.m. tonight. The Camels (0-4-1), who've scored three goals and allowed nine, are still searching for their first win.
• The volleyball team stretched its home winning streak to 22 in a row with three wins in the Bear Classic last weekend. Catherine Walker has a team-best 127 kills and fellow senior Keriann Mason has 118 kills and 147 digs while junior Kelsey DePorto has a team-leading 59 blocks to go with 116 kills and junior libero Samantha Marmolejo has a team-best 205 digs.
Around the region
• Former Ledyard standout Jacob Jablonski is splitting the quarterback duties on the Southern Connecticut State University football team. A junior, he's appeared three of four games, completing 44 of 80 attempts and averaging 170 passing yards per game. He has four touchdown passes and four interceptions. He's also rushed 13 times for 28 yards and a touchdown for the winless Owls.
• St. Bernard School graduate Hannah Benoit, a sophomore at St. Michael's College, earned Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll status for women's tennis. Benoit posted a 4-1 record while advancing to the quarterfinals of the B singles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Regional Championship last weekend in Philadelphia. Eighty-eight players competed.
• Eastern Connecticut State University senior forward Matt Furman added to his collection of Little East Conference player of the week honors. Furman, a Montville graduate, scored three goals in a 5-3 win over Plymouth State on Saturday, increasing his career total of multiple goal games to six. He is first on the team in goals with six and points with 13, piling up both totals in the last three games for the unbeaten Warriors.
• Senior defender Alysha Giulietti, a Montville graduate and four-year starter, scored her first career goal in the Becker College women's soccer team's 10-0 rout of Wheelock College on Saturday.
One of her teammates is Christina Boucher, a Stonington graduate. A junior midfielder, Boucher has appeared in six games, starting one, and had an assist.
- Gavin Keefe
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