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New London - Connecticut College forward Billy Hawkey was named the 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year in men's soccer on Thursday in a balloting of the league's coaches.
Hawkey, a senior from Pennington, N.J., led the NESCAC in scoring with 23 points, finishing with nine goals and five assists. He was named to the All-NESCAC first team for the second time and became the first player in program history to win NESCAC Player of the Year honors.
"Billy has improved every year and this award is a tribute to his hard work," Conn coach Ken Murphy said in a statement released by the school. "More importantly, Billy is a strong student and a quality individual. I am confident that he will be successful in whatever profession he decides to pursue."
Hawkey, a Division III All-New England selection in 2012 (the 2013 team has yet to be released), is a dean's list student majoring in psychology.
In addition, Conn freshman Pat Devlin was also named to the All-NESCAC first team as a midfielder.
• New London's Keith Porter had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead Avery Point past Quinsigamond CC, 64-56. Mike Martin had 12 points and seven rebounds for Avery Point (2-0).
• Conn College freshman Annie Higgins was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The forward from Westport tied for the team lead with eight points. She is the first Conn player to earn the award since Claire Linden in 2004. In addition to Higgins, senior midfielder Aina Torres was named to the All-NESCAC second team.
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• Two Norwich Free Academy senior student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play at Division I colleges next season.
Alyssa Velles will play basketball at St. Peter's University in Jersey City (N.J.) while Emily Devito will continue her softball career at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
• Three members of the East Lyme swim team will take part in the State Open diving championships today at Plainville High School (5:30 p.m.). Class M champion Caroline Gonsalves is seeded third in the event and will be joined by Annemarie Durham (No. 8) and Hannah Suarez (No. 23).
The swimming portion of the Open will be held at noon on Saturday at Yale University in New Haven. Waterford's Asia Langley, the Class S 100-yard butterfly state champion, qualified in her speciality, as well as the 50 freestyle.
In addition, Fitch/St. Bernard's Meredith Hird will compete in the 200 individual medley, teammate Jackie Kokomoor will compete in the 50 free and the Falcons will have teams in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.