Published October 02. 2012 4:00AM
Mariners making a splash
• Mitchell College volleyball swept the New England Collegiate Conference weekly awards. Senior co-captain Arianna Thomas was named league player of the week for the second time in her career and freshman Amanda Garcia earned her third top rookie honor. They sparked the Mariners to shutout wins over Curry College and Becker College.
An outside hitter and libero, Thomas averaged 2.7 kills and 3.8 digs per set last week. She leads the team in digs (168) and service aces (30).
Garcia, a middle blocker, averaged a team-high 3.67 kills per set and hit .306 last week. She's first on the team in kills (78), blocks (25) and hitting percentage (.127) while starting all 11 matches for the Mariners (4-7, 1-0).
• Freshman Max Jewett has been Mitchell's most consistent golfer. He was rewarded for his efforts, being named the NECC rookie of the week. He shot a career-low 88 and tied for 45th overall at the Blazers Invitational last week. His score also was the best round by a Mitchell golfer this season.
The last Mariner to receive the conference rookie of the week award was Michael Baker in September 2009.
Mitchell will compete in the NECC Championship next week at Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield, N.H.
Tracking the Bears
• For the first time in Coast Guard sailing program history, two sailors have earned a trip to the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship. Lauren Cefali and Christina Frost qualified last weekend while competing against at tough field in the Women's Singlehanded New England Championship in New London.
• Sophomore goalie Richie Burns has played stellar defense this season. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) honored Burns with defensive player of the week honors for the second straight week. He didn't allow a goal last week, posting a scoreless streak of 158 minutes, 47 seconds while recording two shutouts.
Prior to Monday's game, he had three shutouts, a 0.43 goals against average and 6-1 record.
• Connecticut College senior co-captain Rachel Schroff received New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the week honors for the second time this season. She averaged 4.4 kills and 3.1 digs in seven games last week for the Camels (11-2, 3-2).
In the week's highlight, Schroff had 12 kills, seven assists, five digs, four aces and two blocks in 3-0 shutout of Bowdoin College, which had its 40 match home winning streak snapped. She ranks first in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.35.
"Rachel had a solid weekend for us against some strong NESCAC competition," coach Josh Edmed said in a released statement. "Her physical talents are very impressive but what gives Rachel such an edge is her ability to lead others while exuding a team-first attitude."
• Two men's tennis players advanced to the second round in the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Singles Championship last weekend at Williams College.
Sophomore Joshua Suneby rallied to beat Peter Yanofsky of Bates, 4-6, 6-3 and 10-4. He was eliminated by Bowdoin College's Noah Bragg in straight sets (6-4, 6-1)
Sophomore JC Cangelosi defeated Wesleyan's Jeff Legunn of Wesleyan, 6-4, 6-7, 10-8, in the first round and then lost to Zack Weiss of Williams College, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
In women's tennis, senior Jennifer Herbert of Pawcatuck competed in the USTA/ITA Regional Singles Championship at MIT. She lost her first round match to Middlebury's Dorrie Paradies, 6-2, 7-5.
• Freshman forward Lily Cannon had a productive week with two goals. She scored in a 2-1 win over Coast Guard Wednesday and in 3-2 loss at Bowdoin Saturday. She has a team-high three goals overall for the Camels (1-5, 0-5).
A young Conn team has suffered four losses by one goal.
Around the region
• Eastern Connecticut State University forward Matt Furman, a senior from Montville, continues to add to his team-high scoring total. He scored the go-ahead goal late in the second half in a 2-0 win over Western Connecticut Saturday, increasing his season total to seven goals in nine games. Senior Jordan Munsell of Waterford made three saves to earn the shutout for the Warriors (9-0).
• Nina Wojtkiewicz of Griswold had eight kills and 14 digs for the Western Connecticut State University volleyball team in a 3-0 loss to Wesleyan.
• Waterford High School graduate Julie Lavoie, a sophomore forward, has appeared in six games for the Central Connecticut State University women's soccer team.
Also at CCSU, former Fitch all-state runner Brandy LeClair placed 24th overall at the 10th Annual Ted Owen Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 22 in New Britain.
• Sophomore midfielder Brian Sujecki, a Stonington graduate, ranks third on the Rhode Island College men's soccer team in scoring with four points. He has a goal and two assists while appearing in all nine games, starting five.
- Gavin Keefe