Local college notes

Tracking the Bears

• After placing eighth overall in the James Early Invite at Westfield State, Coast Guard Academy junior Gary Ezzo was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference runner of the week. Ezzo finished the 8k course in 26 minutes, 20.84 seconds for the Bears who took fifth overall.

• Senior Keriann Mason helped the volleyball team stretch its home winning streak to 25 last week by leading the Bears to three wins. Coast Guard is one shy of the school record. For her efforts, Mason received NEWMAC player of the week honors. She had 36 kills, 38 digs and two blocks in wins over Clark, Roger Williams and Salve Regina. She ranks first on the team with 209 kills and second with 236 digs.

Mariners making a splash

• Mitchell College freshman Kate McBride earned New England Collegiate Conference rookie of the week honors in women's soccer.

A midfielder, McBride scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime against Newbury College last week. McBride, who has started two of six games, has two goals this season for the Mariners (2-5, 2-1).

Camel highlights

• Women's lacrosse coach Liz Longley has been promoted from interim to full-time status. After joining the program last October, she led the Camels to their best conference finish in four years.

"In only one year, Liz has demonstrated a great work ethic," athletic director Fran Shields said. "Her passion for the sport and commitment to recruitment efforts are impressive."

• The volleyball team is ranked No. 5 in the latest New England Division III poll. The Camels (14-2, 5-2) are locked in a tight race in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. They are one of five teams with no more than two losses.

• It was a breakthrough week for the women's soccer team. Conn (3-6-1, 1-6), which had lost five of its first six NESCAC games by one goal, beat previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Middlebury 1-0 on Saturday on Astrid Kempainen's second-half goal.

"The team has been working hard all season so it's great to see that effort show up in the win column for us," coach Norm Riker said in a released statement.

• Despite suffering two tough losses last week, the field hockey team is still holding on to the eighth and final qualifying spot for the conference tournament. The Camels are 5-5, 2-5.

• The cross country programs are hosting the Conn College Invitational on Saturday at Harkness State Park in Waterford. Mike LeDuc will pace the men's team and Ariana Beers will lead the women.

Around the region

• Quarterback Jacob Jablonski, a Ledyard High School graduate, passed for a career-high 337 yards and three touchdowns in Southern Connecticut State University's 47-26 win over Pace Saturday. Jablonski completed 17 of 23 attempts for the Owls, who improved to 2-4 overall, 2-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play. He has thrown for nine TDs and 1,139 yards this season.

Hannah Benoit, a sophomore from Mystic, won her No. 3 singles match in straight sets (7-5, 6-4), leading St. Michael's College past University of New Haven, 9-0, Saturday. She is a St. Bernard graduate.

Chris Vincent of Norwich played an important role in Springfield College winning the New England Collegiate Conference golf tournament Sunday at Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield, N.H. He earned second team all-conference honors after shooting a two-round total of 157 (79-78) and placing 10th overall. Kieran Kavanaugh of East Lyme finished 22nd to help Daniel Webster take sixth place.

• Former Norwich Free Academy volleyball standout Katie Wilson, now a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, was named the Little East Conference offensive player of the week after averaging 5.1 kills per set last week. Wilson is the first ECSU volleyball player to receive a weekly conference offensive honor since 2006.

- Gavin Keefe

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