Local roundup: Dolson, Hartley, Stewart are Wade Trophy finalists
Three UConn players — Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart — have been named finalists for the 2014 Wade Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I women's basketball player.
The Wade Trophy committee, which includes coaches, administrators and media members, will select among 12 finalists and announce the winner during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, the eve of the NCAA championship game in Nashville.
Dolson, a 6-foot-5 senior center, was the named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and is averaging 12.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the unbeaten Huskies, who play Brigham Young on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Region semifinals at the University of Nebraska.
Hartley, a senior guard, was a first-team All-AAC choice, is UConn's second leading scorer (16.5) and sits in ninth place in UConn scoring history with 1,942 points while Stewart, a 6-4 sophomore forward, leads the Huskies in scoring (19.7), was named the AAC Player of the Year and is one of four finalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy, another national player of the year award.
Previous UConn winners of the Warde Trophy were Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Jennifer Rizzotti and and Rebecca Lobo.
In addition to the three players, UConn coach Geno Auriemma was recently named Region 1 Coach of the Year by the WBCA, making him a finalist for the first Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.
The other seven finalists are Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw, South Carolina's Dawn Staley, Bowling Green's Jennifer Roos, Baylor's Kim Mulkey, Indiana's Curt Miller, Colorado State's Ryun Williams and Oregon State's Scott Rueck.
• Mitchell College rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to defeat Johnson & Wales 9-4 in Providence. Ryan Goodwin's two-run double in the sixth tied the game for the Mariners (7-6-1), who took the lead when Evan Peck scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. Peck was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI for Mitchell and Goodwin added a pair of hits.
• Albertus Magnus swept a doubleheader from Coast Guard Academy, using a seven-run fourth inning to win the opener 12-3 before taking the nightcap 3-1 in a game stopped after six innings due to darkness. Danny Sabourin and Kyle Wood each had two hits in the opener for the Bears (4-11) while Wood took the loss in the second game but pitched well, allowing just six hits and one earned run in six innings with one walk and one strikeout.
• Mitchell was swept by Fitchburg State in a doubleheader, losing the opener 1-0 and the second game 6-4. Brittany Whiting pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the opener for Fitchburg (6-4). Waterford's Samantha Ryan had two hits and scored twice for Mitchell (5-11) in the second game.
• Cecily Cushman scored three goals as Connecticut College cruised to an 11-4 victory over Springfield College. Tina Balzotti added two goals and two assists for the Camels (4-4) while Meag Irvine added a pair of goals and Izzy Marx had three assists.
• Dayna Gambino scored six goals as Saint Joseph routed Mitchell, 24-2. Sophie Spiller and Amanda Rowan scored for the Mariners (1-3).
• Conn College won the final four singles matches en route to a 6-3 win over Coast Guard. After Robert Renfrow and Mark Guentert won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, for the Bears (2-5), Jonathan Kraiger (No. 3), Jonathan Deeter (No. 4), Jonathan Sokolosky (No. 5) and Will Tucker (No. 6) won singles matches for the Camels (4-1). Guentert also teamed up with Weston Fortna to win at No. 1 doubles for CGA.
• Quaker Hill's Shane Duplice, a Waterford High graduate, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week. Duplice, a senior at American International, won the javelin last Saturday at the Central Connecticut State University Invitational with a school-record throw of 192 feet, 6 inches. Megan Duplice, Shane's sister and a sophomore at CCSU, was third in the women's javelin with a throw of 101-7.
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