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Mariners riding a wave
• Mitchell College's Eddie Santiago, a senior from New London, was named New England Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week after going the distance and earning his first career shutout in a 1-0 decision against Newbury College. Santiago allowed five hits and struck out a career-high nine batters. He's the third Mariner pitcher to collect the honor this season, joining Axel De Jesus (March 6) and Bryton Ferris (Feb. 27). Santiago is 1-1 with one save and a 3.72 earned run average this spring.
• Jessica Shepherd has been selected to play in the New England Women's Basketball Association Senior All-Star Classic on Saturday at Mount Holyoke College in Springfield, Mass. She is the only player from the NECC and second Mariner to be chosen to compete in the game. Kate Mulloy participated in 2014. Twenty-three seniors were chosen from the New England Division III ranks.
"This is a great honor to highlight Jess's four-year career," coach MaryLynn Skarzenski said in a release. "I couldn't be more proud of all that she has accomplished. For her to put on her uniform one more time — with some of the best seniors in New England — is a fitting culmination of her career."
Shepherd led the Mariners in scoring with a career-best 13.7 points per game and reached the 1,000 career points mark, finishing with 1,040. She finished as the program's all-time 3-point field goal leader with 174 in 95 games.
• The Connecticut College field hockey program has been honored with a team academic award from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. To qualify for the honor, a team must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average during the fall academic semester.
Eighteen Camels also were recognized for posting a GPA of 3.30 or higher: Hannah Falvey, Danielle Hickman, Courtney Peyko, Samantha Segiet, Sophie Pollinger, Lauren Hirshom, Cara McConaughey, Enya McGarry, Jamie Navoni, Gabrielle Peterson, Lauren Pianucci, Kaitlin Thomas, Cheyanne Asplundh, Jacqueline Murphy, Amanda Jacobsen, Bryn MacGillivray, Maggie Wells and Natalie Wenigmann.
• The men's lacrosse team is ranked 10th in the latest New England Division III poll. The Camels (3-2) have won three of their last four but are still searching for their first NESCAC victory of the season. Sophomore Jordan Foster had a productive week, contributing six goals and two assists in two games.
Tracking the Bears
• The Coast Guard Academy women's lacrosse team is showing signs of improving on its first two seasons as a program. The Bears won their first home match in two years Sunday, beating Rhode Island College, 12-1, at Cadet Memorial Field. Junior Daria McKenna tied a program record with three assists. At 2-4, the Bears are already halfway to equaling last season's victory total under the direction of first-year coach Mary Heneberry, a former Division I lacrosse player at Loyola of Maryland.
McKenna, who's from Mystic and Fitch High, is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and six assists, trailing freshman Abigail Bradford who has a team-high 10 goals and five assists. Sophomore Anna McGoldrick has eight goals and three assists.
Around the region
• UConn junior Kevin Foster's outdoor track season is off to a terrific start. Competing in Central Florida's Black and Gold Challenge on Friday, Foster threw the javelin a personal-best 72.09 meters to capture first in the event. The distance also was the best in the country. Foster is an East Lyme High School graduate.
• Stonington graduate Hannah Fabianski is competing for the Bentley University women's tennis team this spring. The Northeast-10 Conference recently selected her as its player of the week after Fabianski went 3-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles during her team's spring break trip.
• Jessica Hespeler, a two-time winner of The Day's swimmer of the year while at Ledyard, recently ended her outstanding swimming career at Virginia Tech. At last week's NCAA Division I Championships, she was an honorable mention All-American in two events. She swam a leg on the 800 freestyle relay team that set the school record (7:03.10) and placed 16th overall. Her time of 1:43.79 broke her own school record for 200 meters. Then she finished 13th in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.48. She is the school record holder in that event.
"We are very happy for Jess to earn that honorable mention All-American award," coach Ned Skinner in a release about the 200 freestyle performance. "She has had such an incredible career for us and this is a true memorable accomplishment."
During the ACC Championships last month, Hespeler broke four school records — three individual and one as part of a relay team. Her best individual finish was second in the 1,650 freestyle in 16:05.26.
• NFA graduate Dyshelle Pemberton, a senior member of the Rhode Island women's track team, placed third in the 400 hurdles (1:02.35) at the Charlotte 49er Classic in North Carolina last weekend. She also was ran on the 4x100 relay team that took seventh in 47.86.
• Two athletes with ties to southeastern Connecticut are contributing to Southern Connecticut's baseball success. New London's Quantique White, a sophomore right-hander, is 2-0 with a 1.50 earned run average in five relief appearances while former Avery Point outfielder Kyle Hart is batting .294 with 14 RBI in 14 games for the Owls (11-4-1).
• Waterford native Jennifer Thomas, a first-year women's lacrosse head coach at Western Connecticut, will bring her team to New London on Saturday to play Coast Guard. The Colonials are off to a 3-2 start. Thomas was a three-sport varsity letter winner as a Lancer, participating in lacrosse, basketball and soccer.
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