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Tracking the Bears
• Coast Guard Academy senior Kelly Grills of Pawcatuck batted .289 with six RBI while starting all 30 games for the softball team. Junior Jesse Richardson led the team with a .481 batting average and 34 RBI while freshman Cherokee Strickland had a team-leading four home runs to go with 29 RBI and a .353 batting average. Sophomore Morgan Kingston batted .384 with two home runs and 13 RBI and junior Erin Lisko hit .377 with 17 RBI for the Bears (14-20), who suffered their first losing season since 2008.
• Several Bears were named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference team for track and field. Hannah Seeland and Carolyn Smith represented the women's team while James Dawkins, Stephen Horvath, Ryan Hub, Erick Jackson, Joey O'Connell, Matt Navetta, Kevin Petow, Park Suski, Ben Wolhaupter earned honors for the men's team.
Mariners riding a wave
• The Mitchell College baseball team resides in second place in the New England Collegiate Conference heading into its conference regular-season finale tonight against Lesley. The Mariners (18-11-1, 11-6) have won five straight and trail first-place Becker College (17-14, 11-5) prior to Monday's action. The regular season champion will host the NECC Championship later this week. Junior Rafael Garcia was named NECC Player of the Week after leading the Mariners to a three wins last week. He batted .700 with three doubles, a home run, five RBI and five runs. Overall, he's batting .306 with one home run and 15 RBI.
• The softball team has secured a spot in the NECC tournament, earning the third seed. Mitchell (16-17, 12-6) will host No. 6 Southern Vermont in first round at noon on Wednesday. The two teams split two regular season meetings - Mitchell won 7-2 and lost 9-4. The winner advances to the four-team double-elimination phase of the tournament over the weekend. Junior third baseman Dylan Riccardi earned her first NECC Player of the Week honor after batting .700 with four RBI and three runs scored in four wins. She extended her hitting streak to eight games.
• Ashley Murtha received NECC Rookie of the Week honors in women's lacrosse for the fourth time. The freshman had 17 goals and one assist last week. Her 13 goals against Albertus Magnus College is the highest single-game total in Division III this season. She finished the season with 54 goals, including 26 in NECC games. She also led the league in points (28) and draw controls (36) in Mitchell's first varsity season.
• Three men's tennis players earned All-NECC honors. Sophomore Graham Cavanaugh made the first team in singles and posted a 5-3 record in league play at the No. 2 spot while senior Zachary Simmons and freshman Orson Sinclair of New London were honorable mention. Sinclair had a team-best eight singles wins in conference play for the Mariners (8-5, 6-4).
• The Connecticut College women's track and field and cross country teams organized a Walk for the Homeless for the seventh year in a row on Sunday. The event benefitted the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. Ariana Beers, Emily Winter, Bella Franz, Nicole Adam, Leah Sabatino and Julia Hayden represented the Camel athletic program.
"We walked a two and a half mile loop around downtown New London, an area where we frequent for our long runs," Winter said in a released statement. "All of us thought that walking the area was different, despite the fact that we have run through it countless times before. Bella remarked that walking through the town really let us admire the beauty of the city that we live in. It also gave us more appreciation for Connecticut College's relationship with the community. ... It was a great experience!"
• The coed sailing team has qualified for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association/Gill Dinghy National Championship. The Camels are ranked 16th.
• Junior Derek Bertolini led the men's lacrosse team in points with 65, finishing with 21 goals and 44 assists. Junior Tyler Hegarty had a team-best 36 goals and senior specialist John Hazard had a team-high 77 ground balls and won 59 percent of his face-offs for the Camels, who finished 9-7.
• The women's water polo team has a bright future as the Camels will return their entire team. Nicky Jasbon, the Division III player of the year, finished with 71 goals and 40 assists while Kate Jacobson had 80 goals and 36 assists.
Around the region
• Eastern Connecticut State junior Erin Miller and sophomore Alyssa Hancock, both of Waterford, were selected as the Little East Conference pitcher of the week and player of the week, respectively. A repeat pick for top pitcher, Miller posted her eighth and ninth straight wins and also had a save while helping the Warriors go 5-1 and clinch an unprecedented fifth straight regular season title. In 12 1/3 innings, she had a 0.57 earned run average with six strikeouts and two walks. Hancock hit .684 and played errorless ball at shortstop, handling 33 chances. She has started 36 games this season, ranking second on the team in batting (.410) and first in runs (36), extra base hits (21) and assists (116). Eastern is 25-11.
• James Annello's RBI single helped the Western Connecticut rally past Ramapo, 6-5, on Monday. His run-scoring single cut the deficit to 5-4 in the seventh. Annello, a sophomore from Waterford, finished with two hits and raised his average to .327. Edgard Santiago, a junior pitcher from New London, is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts. He played at UConn-Avery Point.
• Williams College senior co-captain Brianne Mirecki, an East Lyme graduate, lost her shoe but kept her poise while competing in the 1,500 meters at the NESCAC women's track and field championship last weekend. Mirecki recovered to finish third in four minutes, 39.34 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:16.64) to help the Ephs win the team title.
• Patrick Rogers, a junior from Waterford, came to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 10th inning and singled home the winning run in Rhode Island College's recent 9-8 win over UMass-Dartmouth.
• St. Michael's College senior Tyler Wild, a St. Bernard graduate, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in an 8-4 win over Saint Anselm College last week.
- Gavin Keefe
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