Local Roundup: Conn comes up short against Bowdoin

Brunswick, Maine Connecticut College battled New England Small College Athletic Conference power Bowdoin down to the wire before losing, 58-56, Friday in women's basketball.

The Camels trailed 28-26 at halftime in their conference opener.

Tara Gabelman scored 26 points and added nine rebounds to help keep Conn (7-6, 0-1) close. Liz Malman contributed 12 points.

Shannon Brady led the Polar Bears (13-1, 1-0) with 18 points.

Men's basketball

• Conn College shot just 33 percent from the field in a 64-47 loss to undefeated Bowdoin (11-0, 1-0) in a NESCAC opener. Mason Lopez had 12 points and five steals and Matt Vadas had 12 points for the Camels (6-5, 0-1).

H.S. swimming

• Zachary Collins and Keith Tyler won two events apiece as Norwich Free Academy defeated Waterford, 101-84 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference. Collins won the 200 and 400 freestyles and Tyler won the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. NFA is 2-1, 2-1. George Frankewicz won diving for the Lancers (0-2, 0-2).

Women's hockey

• Schuyler Nardelli scored with just over two minutes left to lift Bowdoin College beat Conn College, 3-2, in the NESCAC. Jane Pagano scored her team-leading sixth goal and Leah Kallen also scored for Conn (5-4-2, 1-2-2).

College football

• Michael Painter, who has been on the coaching staffs of five different schools, has been named the Director of Player Personnel for the UConn football team. In this role, Painter will be highly-involved in the recruiting process of future student-athletes, with particular responsibility in maintaining computerized databases.

Painter and new UConn head coach Bob Diaco worked on the same staffs at Notre Dame (2010-11) and Cincinnati (2009). Painter most recently served as a defensive assistant at UMass and as the recruiting coordinator. In 2012, Painter was the defensive pass game coordinator at Minot (N.D.) State while coaching the secondary and outside linebackers.

Painter was a graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2010 and '11 working with the defense and special teams. Notre Dame played in the 2010 Sun Bowl and 2011 Champs Sports Bowl during his time there. During the 2007-09 seasons, Painter was a graduate assistant at Cincinnati spending time with the offense, defense and special teams.

UConn also announced that Matt Balis has been named the strength and conditioning coordinator/football strength and conditioning coach. Balis had served in the same capacity at Mississippi State for the past five years. In his position, Balis will coordinate the strength and conditioning program for all 24 of the sports teams. He will design and develop all facets of the strength and conditioning program for the Husky football team.

College soccer

• UConn men's soccer freshman Cyle Larin was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman of the Year as announced by the website last month. Larin also joins 10 outstanding freshmen on the All-Freshman First Team.

The Brampton, Ontario native completed his impressive rookie campaign with a team-high 31 points on 14 goals. Larin's 14 scores were the top mark in The American and ranked sixth nationally. He finished 17th in the country with a 0.61 goals per game average. Earlier this season, he was named the conference Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on both the All-Conference First Team and the NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team. In addition to Larin's accolade, American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake was tabbed to the TopDrawerSoccer.com First Team after finishing the 2013 season with a 10-3-8 record and a stellar 0.75 goals against average.

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