Local roundup: UConn names Cavanaugh men's hockey coach
Storrs - Mike Cavanaugh, the top assistant at national power Boston College, was named head men's hockey coach at UConn on Wednesday night.
Cavanaugh, who has been on the Eagles' staff for 18 seasons and was part of four national championships, will help usher the Huskies into Hockey East in 2014-15. He will be formally introduced at a press conference on campus today.
"This job is a terrific opportunity and I think UConn's move to Hockey East is a natural," Cavanaugh said in a statement released by the UConn sports information department. "I look forward to the challenge of building this program and I believe that my experiences over the past 18 years will help me lead UConn into this new era."
In addition to winning four national titles at BC, Cavanaugh helped guide the Eagles to nine Hockey East titles and 10 Frozen Four appearances.
"Mike has gained incredible experience over this career that will help lead us to being a highly successful program in Hockey East," UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said. "He is a proven recruiter both nationally and internationally and as a native New Englander he has recruited a number of players from Connecticut."
• Mitchell College fell behind 9-1 at halftime and lost to Wentworth 13-3 in the semifinals of the ECAC New England Division III tournament. Waterford's Shane Sullivan scored twice, East Lyme's Chris Joy had a goal, Demetre Lyras had two assists and Waterford's David Sabilia had an assist for Mitchell, which finishes 9-4.
• Connecticut College senior Bri Miller earned a pair of honors when she was a second team pick on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference team and a first team member on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association All-Region (Berkshires) team.
Miller had 34 goals and 11 assists for the Camels, finishing her career with 106 goals and 32 assists. She was also named to the NESCAC All-Academic team for the third straight year.
Four of Miller's teammates also made the All-Region team with sophomore midfielder Taylor Thomas making the first team and junior attack Lowell Abbott, junior goalie Caitlin Cataldo and freshman midfielder Maggie Horan making the second team.
• Avery Point's Edgard Santiago was named as the most valuable player in last weekend's NJCAA Region 21 New England Div. II Tournament.
Santiago, the former New London High School standout, earned the win in relief in the opener of the best-of-three series against Community College of Rhode Island.
The sophomore left-hander also earned a save in Sunday's deciding game, getting the final out with two runners on in a 3-2 victory.
• Coast Guard Academy had four athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
Senior Ed Sella was named for the third straight season while junior Dave Wolinski made it for the second time and sophomores Andrew Lucak and Louis Simione were first-time honorees.
The Bears begin play in the ECAC New England Division III tournament today by hosting Husson in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Coast Guard is the fourth seed and Husson is No. 5.
• Mitchell's quarterfinal game in the ECAC New England tourney was postponed because of rain. Mitchell, seeded sixth, will visit No. 3 MIT on Friday at 3 p.m.
• Coast Guard junior Kelly Grills of Stonington was named to the NEWMAC All-Academic team, the first CGA player to earn that distinction since 2007.
She was joined on the team by another former local player, Norwich Free Academy's Tess Rubega, a junior at Babson.
• UConn's Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games team trials May 16-19 in Colorado Springs. The 12-member roster (31 players were invited) will be announced May 19 and the tournament runs July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Oklahoma's Sherri Coale is the head coach.
Sun cut pair
• The Connecticut Sun waived a pair of rookie draft picks - second-round pick Anna Prins (23rd overall) and third round pick Andrea Smith (No. 35 overall). The Sun now have 14 players on their roster.
Speedbowl rained out
• Waterford Speedbowl postponed its weekly Wild 'n Wacky Wednesday racing program due to heavy rain. The Speedbowl returns to action Friday with "Sho and Go" at the 'Bowl, featuring a free car cruise night and spectator drags. The event offers free grandstands admission to watch the elimination drags at 6 p.m.
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