Local college notes
Mariners riding a wave
• The Mitchell College men's lacrosse program received two weekly honors from the New England Collegiate Conference. Sophomore Jacob Setzko earned player of the week honors after contributing four goals and an assist in an 11-6 league win over Wheelock. He leads the Mariners (2-7, 1-1) in scoring with 14 goals and six assists. Jackson Brockwell of East Lyme was named rookie of the week for the second time. He notched his first career hat trick and added two assists against Wheelock.
• The NECC rewarded senior Ashley Murtha for her NCAA Division III record-tying 14-goal performance against Becker College by selecting her as the women's lacrosse player of the week. Murtha scored 32 goals, including her 200th career goal, in three games last week. It is the fourth time that she has received this honor in her career. Murtha ranks first in the country in goals per game at 7.43. She has 52 goals and five assists for the Mariners (2-5, 1-1).
• Junior Kyle Hartenstein was chosen at the NECC baseball player of the week for the second straight week and third time this season. He batted a team-best .571 with a double and three RBI. He leads the Mariners in hits (47), doubles (11) and runs (34) while hitting safely in 20 of the last 21 games.
• The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team is fighting for a spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament. The Camels (6-6, 3-5) are tied for seventh with Middlebury with two conference games left. The top eight teams qualify. Senior Ross Thompson powered the offensive attack last week with four goals in two games. Jackson Kleintz is the team's top goal scorer with 27.
• Senior Hannah Donegan needs just three points to reach the 100th point mark in her women's lacrosse career. She has 62 goals and 35 assists for the Camels.
• The women's water polo team enters the Division III Conference tournament as the four-time defending champion. The Camels, who are the fourth seed, play No. 5 Monmouth Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Washington & Jefferson is the top seed. Senior goalie Sarah Sovia anchors the defense while junior April Anderson and senior Brianna Harrity fuel the offense.
• Junior Dylan Pinckert has been named to the Northeast National Water Polo team that will compete at Brown University this weekend.
Tracking the Bears
• Coast Guard Academy freshman Riley McNulty earned CGASPORTS.COM athlete of the week honors after setting the men's lacrosse program's single-season point record last week. He had three goals and an assist in a 15-5 win over Wheaton, giving him 43 points this season. Louis Depaolis had the previous record of 36. McNulty ranks second in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in goals with 28.
Around the region
• Former Stonington High School standout Tatyana LaFrance Boyce, a member of the UConn Avery-Point women's basketball team, capped an outstanding season by being named a NJCAA Division III Third Team All-American. Only two other players from the New England Region achieved All-American status.
• Central Connecticut State University junior Tyler Latham, a Fitch graduate, finished second at the SCSU Decathlon with 6,368 points. He had a personal best throw of 36.82 meters in the discus, earning second place. He won the shot put (12.67) while taking second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.71 seconds) and long jump (6.23).
• Montville graduate Kiah Strickland, a SCSU sophomore, placed second in the javelin in a personal beat 41.62 meters, helping the Owls finish fourth at the UConn Northeast Challenge on Saturday.
• Elms College sophomore Vanessa Vurno, the NECC women's lacrosse rookie of the year last season, is enjoying another superb season. The East Lyme graduate ranks first in the conference in assists (22) and third in points (47). She is second on her team in goals with 25.
• CCSU first baseman TT Bowens, a freshman from Montville, reached base in all five at-bats, going 4-for-4 with a walk, in an 11-3 win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. Bowens had a two-run home run — his fourth of the season — and three RBI. He raised his batting average to .241 and increased his season RBI total to 18.
• Waterford's Connor Lewis has appeared in eight games, starting five, for the Hartford baseball team. Lewis is 2-2 with a 5.74 earned run average.
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