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• Eastern Connecticut State University third baseman Arielle Cooper, a former Fitch High School star, was named a first team Division III All-American on Thursday by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association.
The senior from Mystic was a second team selection as a junior and is the first third baseman to earn first team All-American honors in ECSU's 37-year history.
"Arielle has made her mark on Eastern softball - one which she deserves - and one which I believe makes her best third baseman ever at Eastern," ECSU coach Diana Pepin said. "Our program has been elevated because of her work ethic and passion for the sport."
Cooper, a two-time All-New England first team choice and the 2013 Little East Player of the Year, led the Warriors in virtually every offensive category - batting (.538), slugging (1.076), total bases (142), on-base percentage (.629), runs (61), hits (71), RBI (43), home runs (16), doubles (13), and walks (34). Her marks for batting, slugging, total bases, on-base percentage, runs, hits and home runs represented program single-season records.
Cooper finished as ECSU's all-time leader in career batting (.406) and slugging average (.739), on-base percentage (.474), hits (221), runs (176), doubles (40), home runs (40), and total bases (403), was second in games (177), at-bats (545), and assists (310), third in RBI (129), and fourth in walks (68).
• Connecticut College had three players named to the All-New England Division III men's lacrosse team. Freshman goalie Bobby Bleistein made the first team while senior midfield John Lyons and sophomore attack Chad Sawyer made the second team.
Bleistein leading the New England Small College Athletic Conference with a .651 save percentage and 190 saves while ranking second with a 7.34 goals against average. Lyons, despite missing 11 games with an injury, still had eight goals and four assists in his last three games while Sawyer had 31 goals and 10 assists for the Camels.
• Mitchell College pitcher Tyler Shamas was named to the All-New England Division III third team. Shamas, a freshman, was 9-1 with a 2.48 ERA for the Mariners and was named the New England Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
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