Local college roundup: Fitch grad Arielle Cooper named outstanding player of Little East tournament, leading Eastern
Mansfield - Eastern Connecticut State University junior Arielle Cooper of Mystic was named the Most Outstanding Player on Saturday at the Little East Tournament softball championship.
Cooper had three hits, including her 10th home run of the season, as Eastern earned its third straight Little East title with a 6-2 win over Western Connecticut State University.
Eastern (40-1) ranked No. 2 nationally, awaits its opponent in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The bracket will be released Monday.
In other games:
• Mitchell fell 2-1 to Daniel Webster in the losers' bracket final at the New England Collegiate Conference tournament. Lesley beat Daniel Webster 11-5 to win its fourth straight NECC tournament title. Dylan Riccardi and Lindsay Romagnino each went 2-for-3 for Mitchell (21-15).
Track & field
• Conn College sophomore Mike LeDuc won the New England Division III 500-meter run with a time of 14:36.76. Doug Wright also cracked the top eight to earn All-New England honors, finishing eighth in the 5,000. The 4x100 relay team of Rasheed Mitchell, Brian Gooch, Geoff Phaneuf and Alex DeShields and the 4x800 team of Matt Boudreau, Tristan Cole, Old Lyme's Ian Rathkey and Andre Duarte each finished sixth.
On the women's side, Samantha Peaver finished seventh in the discus. The 4x800 team of Merry Byrne, Aly Bonito, Michelle Wesley and Kerry Dermody finished sixth.
• Senior Trevor Siperek placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:01.94 and Coast Guard Academy had five athletes earn All-New England honors at the Division III New England Track and Field Championships at MIT.
Senior Kevin O'Brien broke the school record in the 10,000 meters and finished eighth with a time of 31:46.34.
Sophomore Ben Wolhaupter took sixth in the pole vault (14-5.25) while freshman Ben Hannon was sixth in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 49.68.
Junior Will Baker finished eighth in the discus (141-6) and sophomore Clay Kosack was ninth in the decathlon with 5,061 points.
For the Coast Guard women, sophomore Abby Bishop placed fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 3,942 points to earn All-New England honors.
Freshman Beth Gollin broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualified for the All-New England Championships running the race for just the second time and finishing ninth with a time of 11:20.18.
Sophomore Moira McNeil ran a personal best of 41:22.65 in the 10,000 meters while classmate Hannah Seeland threw personal best of 138 feet, 5 inches in the hammer.
• Tufts outscored Connecticut College 9-0 in the second half and went on to win 13-2 in the semifinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament. John Lyons scored both goals and Andrew Freedman and Thomas Woessner had assists for Conn (10-6).
• The Community College of Rhode Island eliminated UConn-Avery Point from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament with a 3-1 victory. CCRI won the best-of-three series 2-0. Nick Fessenden pitched six innings with no walks and allowed one earned run for the Pointers. Mike Perry had two hits and Tyler Tavares scored Avery Point's run.
• UConn split a doubleheader with Cincinnati at Dodd Stadium. L.J. Mazzilli's two-run double in the seventh gave the Huskies a 4-3 win in the first game. UConn lost the second game, 1-0.
• The Connecticut College women's rowing team medaled in two races at the New England Rowing Championship on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
In the women's varsity four, the Camels posted a time of 7:41 to place second, capturing the silver medal in the 10-team field. Senior Lucy Frye handled the stroke, with Maureen Sweeney guiding the Camels as the coxswain. Junior Seana Siekman and senior Justine Rooney were joined by Jenny Cochrane in the bow seat.
The Camel women's novice four boat won a bronze medal for placing third in a 12-team field. In the second varsity four, the Camels placed fifth in the 12-team field.
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