Local college notes
• Fresh off an upset of top-seeded Middlebury, the Connecticut College women's hockey team is preparing for a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal game at Williams College on Saturday. The eighth-seeded Camels (11-11-3) shocked the fourth-ranked Panthers, 2-1, last weekend, receiving goals from Justina Germano and Ashley Anctil (her eighth overall). Goalie Kelsie Fralick made 39 saves and the Camels killed off all 10 penalties.
"This was a huge win for our program," coach Kristin Steel said. "This was an all-around team effort for us. It was fitting that the game winner came off Justina Germano's stick after her hard work on the penalty kill all game.
"... Kelsie has seen a lot of shots this year. ... She definitely kept us in the game especially in the second period. Our team recognizes and appreciates the stability she brings."
• A program-best 11 Conn College swimmers have qualified for the NCAA Division III men's and women's national championship set for March 19-22 in Indianapolis. "We're excited to be sending our largest number of participants to the NCAA Championship," coach Marc Benvenuti said. "We are looking forward to competing against the best swimmers in the country."
Senior Sam Gill and Julia Pielock are the top contenders for the Camels. Gill placed third last year in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly while Pielock was 10th in the 50 freestyle. Other Conn competitors include: Loring Bowen, Mike Fothergill, Drew Andre, Kirk Czelewicz, Pat McGinnis, Sam Pierce, Sky Qi Marigold, Rachel Wilson and Ivy Durepo.
• The men's hockey team recovered from an 0-7 start to finish at 9-14-2 overall. The Camels qualified for the NESCAC for the first time since 2009, losing to Amherst, 4-2. Senior goalie Mike Petchonka finished the season with a 2.55 goals against average.
Mariners in the spotlight
• Senior Kate Mulloy and freshman Caycee Williams earned All-New England Collegiate Conference honorable mention honors for women's basketball. Mulloy averaged a team-best 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds and had four double-doubles. Williams had a terrific first season, averaging 10.9 points and 10 rebounds while ranking second in blocks (32) in the conference. She finished with 11 double-doubles. They helped the Mariners (16-10, 15-3) tie for second during the regular season and reach the NECC semifinals.
Around the region
• UConn senior Shabazz Napier received his fifth American Athletic Conference player of the week award on Monday after leading the Huskies to wins over Cincinnati and South Florida. In other news, UConn returned to the Associated Press Top 25 poll, checking in at 19th.
• St. Michael's College senior Alexa Long, a forward from Waterford, capped her career with an All-Northeast-10 Conference honorable mention award. She averaged career highs in scoring (13.3), rebounding (8.9), 3-pointers (19), assists (23) and free throws made (79). She added 10 double-doubles. Her season rebounding total (223) was the most by a SMU player since the 2002-03 season. Long also was named to the weekly conference honor roll.
• Gallaudet University's Lindsay Stergio, a senior forward from Montville, was named to the North Eastern Athletic Conference first team. She started all 25 games for the Bisons, avearging 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals.
• Senior centerfielder Mattie Brett and sophomore shortstop Alyssa Hancock, two Waterford graduates, combined for four hits in the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team's 4-2 loss to No. 9 Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday. Waterford's Erin Miller was the losing pitcher.
— Gavin Keefe
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