Local college notes
Mariners making a splash
• Mitchell College was well-represented on the All-New England Collegiate Conference men's tennis team. Freshman Rajan Bawa, junior Rocco Devona of Waterford and senior Alexander Fusco made the all-conference first team for singles while senior Tyler Engleberg of East Lyme was an honorable mention. All four Mariners also earned spots on the first team for doubles.
Playing primarily at No. 2 singles, Devona went 11-0, earning all-conference first team honors for the third time after leading the Mariners to their fourth straight NECC championship with a 7-2 win over Regis College Saturday. He was named tournament most valuable player. He has a career record of 35-1 overall, 24-0 in the conference.
Engleberg is an all-conference selection in singles for the fourth time. He finished his career undefeated in singles at 37-0 and 37-2 in doubles.
In other tennis news, Devona was named the NECC player of the week while Bawa earned rookie of the week. The Mariners finished the season 12-2 overall, 9-1 in the NECC.
• After helping the baseball team go 3-1 in conference play last week to end the regular season, junior Will Charkowsky was named the NECC player of the week while junior Tyler Shultis received pitcher of the week and Fitch High School graduate Drew Doyle was the top rookie.
Charkowsky was 7-for-22 in five games and had three of his four RBI in a series sweep of Southern Vermont. Shultis came on in relief and earned both wins in Saturday's doubleheader sweep.
Doyle, an outfielder, batted a team-high .400. On the season, he hit .319 with 18 RBI and 16 runs scored. He had a team-best .444 average in conference games.
The Mariners finished 10-18 overall, 9-9 in the NECC.
• For the third time this season, senior Marissa Thomas of New London was named the NECC pitcher of the week. She pitched the Mariners to a doubleheader sweep of Becker College last weekend to finish the regular season with an 8-1 record and 3.17 earned run aveage.
The Mariners (19-13, 16-2), who own a 16-game conference winning streak, are the No. 2 seed in the NECC tournament, opening play today at home against No. 7 Becker at 4 p.m.
• Last week, senior goalie Rob Moccia made 13 saves to help Connecticut College beat Colby, 11-6, in the NESCAC tournament quarterfinal Saturday and started in goal in a 10-4 win over Wesleyan Wednesday. For Moccia's effort, he was named the NESCAC men's lacrosse player of the week.
"Rob has been steady for us all season," coach Dave Cornell said. "He is a very dependable player and a guy that everyone loves to play with and for."
It is only the second time in program history that Conn has advanced to the conference semifinals. The Camels (10-5) take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's semifinals at top-seeded and fifth-ranked Tufts in Medford, Mass. The starting trio of Clay Hillyer, Brogan O'Connor and Mike Brennan will anchor the defense for Conn.
• The women's lacrosse program finished with its highest conference win total since 2008, going 2-8. The Camels went 6-10 overall. Sophomore Lowell Abbott sparked the offense with 45 goals and seven assists. Abbott finished tied for third in the NESCAC in goals and junior Kelsey Burke ranked second in saves per game at 7.5 while senior Katelyn Driscoll led the league with 51 ground balls and finished her career with 108 goals and 35 assists.
• The Camels will compete in the New England Rowing Championship Saturday at Worcester, Mass. Last year, they won three gold medals and a bronze.
Tracking the Bears
• Seven Coast Guard Academy athletes earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's rowing academic honors. Seniors Holly Madden, Erin Nolan and Sarah Jane Otey, junior Jess Ward and sophomores Catherine Durand, Judy Hooyman and Alyssa Turner represented the Bears.
Around the region
• Three local athletes are making valuable contributions to the Community College of Rhode Island baseball team, which hosts Avery Point in the NJCAA New England Division II baseball tournament starting on Friday.
Wheeler High School graduate Connor Gleason, a freshman right-hander, is 7-1 with a 1.17 earned run average. He's allowed just 33 hits in 46 innings, striking out a team-high 55 and walking just eight. Sophomore Tom Gavitt, another former Wheeler standout, is batting .358 with two home runs and a team-best 40 RBI. Freshman reserve Chris Gerard of Stonington is batting .233.
• Norwich Free Academy graduate Patrick Lewis, a junior defender and team co-captain, scored a goal in Anna Maria's 16-9 win over Becker College Wednesday in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal. Anna Maria lost to Mount Ida, 11-3, in the semifinals Friday.
• Southern Connecticut State University junior Stacy Pouliot of Mystic and Fitch High was named to the Northeast 10 Conference first team for softball. She rebounded from an early season injury to bat .292 with two home runs and 19 RBI. A catcher, she threw out 31 percent of base stealers and had just two errors.
- Gavin Keefe
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