Local roundup: AAC football going to two divisions in 2015

Key Bicayne, Fla. - The American Athletic Conference formalized plans to have a pair of six-team divisions for the 2015 football season when Navy becomes the conference's 12th member.

Commissioner Mike Aresco made the announcement as the conference concluded its annual meetings and also said the first AAC Championship game will be played at the home site of the highest-ranked divisional champion.

UConn will be part of the East Division, joining Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, South Florida and Temple.

Navy will be part of the West Division along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa join the league as full conference members this fall following the departure of Louisville to the Atlantic Athletic Conference and Rutgers to the Big Ten.

"This is an exciting step in the continued development of our conference," Aresco said in a statement released by the AAC. "With our performance on the field and the exposure we received from our media partners, I couldn't be more satisfied with our first year of American Athletic Conference football. Creating this divisional format will allow us to build upon that success. Our fans will enjoy our divisional play and the championship game that will be established in 2015.

Each team will play a total of eight conference games, facing the other five teams in its own division as well as three from the other division, ensuring that each school will play every conference opponent at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle.

H.S. girls' lacrosse

• No. 20 Fitch was ousted from the CIAC Class M tournament, losing 18-7 to No. 13 Mercy in the first round. Michelina Pinto and Susannah Lucey scored three goals each and Danielle Chirillo made 10 saves for Fitch (6-10-1).

College honors

• Waterford's Mattie Brett, a recent graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 school year while Montville's Natalie Bowens, a freshman on the track and field team, was named ECSU's Rookie of the Year for an individual sport.

Brett, a member of the softball team, never missed a game during her three-year career and started all but one in center field.

This spring she batted a career high .408, finishing either first or second in batting, runs (36), extra-base hits (15), slugging (.625), RBI (32) and stolen bases (13). Brett was a first-Team All-Little East pick and a second team All-New England pick.

Bowens, meanwhile, broke the ECSU school reocrd in the triple jump (37 feet, 5 inches) and earned All-New England honors.

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